FOR THE FUN OF IT
Tired of playing tragic heroines, Keira Knightley jumped at the chance for some thrills in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
characters that pretty much died or something horrendous happened to them for about the last five years, and I fancied doing something fun.”
“I've never done a thriller before, and it's been a genre that I've really liked,” she adds. “It's a difficult one because you combine action with proper storytelling and it needs a proper storyteller to do it, so I was excited by the challenge.”
Shadow Recruit is an origins film of the Jack Ryan character, and sees him recruited into the CIA just as he begins a relationship with his physiotherapist, Cathy Muller, played by Knightley. The Oscar-nominated actor says she was interested in the film’s exploration of how a secret agent might balance a relationship with a life of espionage.
“As far as the relationship between Jack and Cathy goes, I was interested with the idea of what happens to a relationship when there is a secret, when there is something that can’t be discussed, something that can tear two people apart even though they are completely in love,” Knightley says.
“I thought that was a very interesting part of the story.” Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which also stars Kevin Costner, is out now