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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

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