The third season of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” starring John Krasinski, returns to Amazon Prime Video with a story that may sound familiar.
We meet Ryan, who discovers an underground plan by Russia to invade surrounding countries and recreate the Soviet empire.
Episodes were written three years ago and production was completed long before Russia invaded Ukraine.
Filming of “Jack Ryan” was delayed as the pandemic forced everything to stop. Krasinski focused on a weekly homemade news program called “Some Good News,” which shared positive stories during a dark time. Like many, he wasn’t focused on diet and exercise while in quarantine.
The “Some Good News” format is ideal, Kraskinski says, because you’ve never seen him standing as he always sits down like a newscaster. “You haven’t even seen my bottom. That’s where I feel most comfortable,” he said.
When it came time to hook up, Krasinski said he was motivated by the idea that the show would finally have a reason for many to keep working after months of waiting.
“It was actually pretty cleansing,” said Krasinski, who is also executive producer and helped write the episodes. “I took on a huge responsibility with all these hundreds of people who were brave enough to put their lives on the line to bring our industry back in a small way.
“Preparing for something that we knew would be much different and much more grueling, but hopefully worth it, was like getting into the best possible shape and self, both physically and mentally.”
New episodes that start airing on Wednesday. Attempts to warn the CIA about Ryan’s discovery of Russia cause the agency to turn its back on him and issue a Red Notice calling for his arrest and extradition to the United States to face charges. Ryan’s ex-boss James Greer (played by Wendell Pierce) helps out as best he can from the inside, and Ryan searches for Russia’s old friend Mike Kasim (Michael Kelly), who left the agency at the end of season 2. plan.
Krasinski and Kelly’s on-screen relationship offers some hilarious moments amid all the action and impending disaster. Known for serious roles like “House of Cards,” Kelly says it’s a fun outlet to have lighter moments on screen.
“John will write a lot of those one-lines for me that day, and I’m so grateful for catching the humor. It was a pleasure to be able to play something a little closer to myself,” Kelly said.
“Jack Ryan” also made Kelly appreciate the dedication of those who protect us every day, from “Navy SEALs to Port Authority police officers.” He says many of them are fans of the show and likes to talk to him about the realities of the business.
“I always say to my kids, ‘(When we pass a police officer, say thank you… When you see someone in the armed service,’ I say thank you.) Our veterans come home and are underserved in this country. We need to do more and say thank you more.
For Pierce, this role gave him a new perspective on his own brother, who served as military attaché in Belarus.
“I realized there was a lot he did that I didn’t know about, and he didn’t share it with the family. I just wanted to make sure he knew he could share it with me now that he’s out of the military. The impact he’s had. It gives me a lot of food to think about. And it’s really the study of human behavior, what acting is all about.”
“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” will conclude with its fourth season, which has already been filmed. The release date hasn’t been announced yet.