Exclusive: John Krasinski, on Returning to the Early Days of ‘Jack Ryan’

When Amazon announced they were doing a new series Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski as the hugely popular Tom Clancy character, people were enthused by the possibilities, especially with cocreators Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland at the helm.

The show is reportedly taking a more contemporary slant and is not a direct adaptation of the Clancy novels, but more showing Ryan as he starts out as an CIA analyst.

Speaking to Krasinski about his new Disneynature doc, Born in China, we asked him about the currently filming series, and he expressed what’s exciting him the most about doing the project.

“My excitement about is about 50-fold,” the actor replied. “I’m a huge fan of the series. As a kid, I’ve seen all the movies and read the books. It’s nice to have a sort of hero that’s not a superhero. To have a character that inspires that doesn’t have fire shooting out of his hands or something. To me, that was the first thing that was really interesting to me.”

He continued, “Secondly, the pitch of the show to me was great, going back to the early days of Jack Ryan. I think in The Hunt for Red October with Alec Baldwin, he was already a pretty well established guy in the CIA. And certainly with Harrison Ford, going on for more adventures. Now it’s bringing him back to a desk, literally crunching the numbers. He’s an analyst and I love the idea of showing his origin story and him falling into this world of CIA operations, to decide whether or not it’s for him. So, you’re going to see the whole gambit of this character.”

As for his favorite Jack Ryan film, Krasinski said he’s loved them all, but the original still stands out. “Alec Baldwin in Hunt for Red October will always hold a special place in my heart. You always remember your first.”

Krasinski is the fifth actor to take on the iconic role, following Baldwin, Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. The Amazon series has yet to set a premiere date.