Harrison Ford Wants to Play Jack Ryan Again

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While overseas promoting “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull”, Harrison Ford made it very clear that should the opportunity present itself, he would very much like to jump back into the Jack Ryan franchise. Of course this might not actually work out, as the franchise is currently in the reboot stages under the direction of one Sam Raimi, and it would seem pointless to “reboot” a franchise if you’re just going to hire an aging actor to play the main character anyways. But as “Indy 4’s” box office has proven, an aging Harrison Ford, in the right vehicle, still translates into boffo box office numbers.

Brit newspaper The Sun quotes Ford as saying this about the Jack Ryan character:

He said: “The Ryan films, the Tom Clancy films were I thought worth re-exploring again but I wasn’t a huge fan of the book on which the last one was based.

“I thought it was more out of date than the others so I think they made a cracking good shot at it and I think BEN AFFLECK is a very very talented.

“I thought he did great and it was a fine movie but it wasn’t for me. But again, that’s a character that I think you could revisit acknowledging the passage of time and his increasing age.

“It wasn’t age dependent that character and his experiences were chockablock full of recipes for good engaging movies so that’s a character I wouldn’t mind revisiting.”

A couple of things about that article. One) Ben Afflect is NOT that talented, Harrison; Two) “chockablock full of recipes”? Does Harrison Ford actually talk like that in real life???

Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan

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  • commonsense

    affleck sucks as an actor… harrison is getting old, but dennis quaid might be a good replacement.

  • commonsense

    affleck sucks as an actor… harrison is getting old, but dennis quaid might be a good replacement.

  • plissken2013

    “affleck sucks as an actor…”

    I think he was awesome in Hollywoodland, pretty good in Smokin’ aces and State of play…

    He’s been through bad years, choices and movies, but I think he’s on the road to “redemption” (he looks frackin’ great in Mike Judge Extract’s trailer!!!!), not even counting his excellent first directorial debut, Gone baby gone.

  • plissken2013

    “affleck sucks as an actor…”

    I think he was awesome in Hollywoodland, pretty good in Smokin’ aces and State of play…

    He’s been through bad years, choices and movies, but I think he’s on the road to “redemption” (he looks frackin’ great in Mike Judge Extract’s trailer!!!!), not even counting his excellent first directorial debut, Gone baby gone.

  • plissken2013

    “affleck sucks as an actor…”

    I think he was awesome in Hollywoodland, pretty good in Smokin’ aces and State of play…

    He’s been through bad years, choices and movies, but I think he’s on the road to “redemption” (he looks frackin’ great in Mike Judge Extract’s trailer!!!!), not even counting his excellent first directorial debut, Gone baby gone.

  • Special K

    I think they could get away with Ford playing the character in a movie based on a later book, such as debt of honor or executive order, but I think that the momentum as far as producing the stories as films has long been lost. I think it would be better if they made Rainbow Six or Without Remorse, which don't feature Ryan so much.

  • maverick35

    Harrison is perfect for continuing the Jack Ryan franchise especially if you’re a fan of the books and believe, as I do, that Hollywood should at least attempt to be faithful to the series and have some continuity with the series. In the books that follow Sum of All Fears, Jack Ryan becomes President of the United States after an eery terrorist attack that predates 9/11 but with a very simialar event when terrorists plow a 747 into the Capitol building killing the President and most of the government. Jack, who is VP at the time, is forced into the role of Commander in Chief. Later books, pair a young Jack Ryan Jr with his Dad fighting for the Free World. Unfortunately we’ll never get to see this as Hollywood plays it safe and will just want a run of the mill story with a perpetually young Jack Ryan kicking ass. Real shame though as the drama and the world stakes in the later books would be great on film. Jack Ryan, for me, is the thinking man’s action hero and I wish they would keep him as such.