Chris Pine Talks About Portraying Jack Ryan
12.10.09 by REELZ
Captain Kirk will now take over for Jack Ryan. Chris Pine, who starred in this past summer's Star Trek installment, will step into the role made iconic by Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford. The title of the next Tom Clancy adaptation isn't yet known.
MTV scored an interview with the 29-year-old star, who doubts the Ryan character will pose as much difficulty as trying to live up to William Shatner:
I think it's because Mr. Shatner's portrayal of the character was so specific, [Jack Ryan] is a different beast. If you were to poll people, I think eight out of 10 people could tell you what role Shatner made famous. I think a lot fewer people could make that specific association between those actors and Jack Ryan. As great a job as those actors did, it's just a different deal.
Pine was then asked whether he preferred Baldwin or Ford.
No hyperbole, I like 'em both so much. They're both huge heroes of mine. But I might prefer Baldwin doing the Canteen Boy sketch on SNL the most!