Kenneth Branagh Talks JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, His First Cut, Deleted Scenes, Changes During Production, What He Collects, and More

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Opening this weekend in theaters and IMAX is director Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.  Based on the Tom Clancy character, the original story follows Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.  Starring alongside Pine is Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley with Branagh as the film’s antagonist. 

A few days ago I got to talk to Branagh at the Los Angeles press day.  He talked about how the script changed during production, whether he can get away with doing anything he wants in London given his celebrity status, the first cut of the film, deleted scenes, his editing process, what he collects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Finally, if you missed any of my Jack Ryan set visit coverage, here’s my recap with a video blog, and on set interviews with Pine, Branagh, Costner, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and producers David Barron and Mace Neufeld.

Kenneth Branagh:

  • When he’s filming a movie in London, can he literally do anything and the Government is cool with it?
  • How long was his assembly cut? Also talks about his editing process.
  • Deleted scenes talk.
  • What does he collect?
  • How did the script change during production?


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  • SomeGuy

    This was an informative interview with intelligent answers. Thank you.

  • The Flobbit

    Kenneth Branagh is charming, intelligent, and quite often, brilliant. I wish this guy did more, especially Shakespeare. What I wouldn’t give to see this guy’s Macbeth… and later, Lear.


    I hate the “what he collects” question. I’m always worried of what face the actors are gonna make. I can imagine Bruce Willis answering that :/
    Rest of the interview very good.

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