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  • 16 January 2014, 13:42

Branagh: How Being A Villain Helped Me Direct

Kenneth Branagh has revealed playing a villain in his new film, which he also directed, was a great way of getting everyone to do what he wanted on set.

The British actor stars alongside Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

The film is based on the character created by author Tom Clancy in The Hunt for Red October.

Speaking at the film's Los Angeles premiere, Branagh said: "People found me so scary as the villain that they were very wary of me as the director, so the set was more quiet than usual, and I think people listened to me more than they might otherwise do.

"If you're trying to get people to do what you want, playing a very dangerous, scary man is maybe a good way to do it."

The film follows Ryan, played by Pine, as he begins his career in the CIA, under a supervising officer played by Costner.

Pine is the fourth actor to portray that character created by author Tom Clancy, who died at the age of 66 in October.

On filming his biggest stunt in the movie, he said: "I had a big fight with a guy that's a lot bigger than I am so the whole time I was thinking, 'please don't die'.

"I broke my finger doing that so I wasn't totally lucky but I have a lot of fun doing that stuff."

Knightley plays Jack Ryan's girlfriend who he is about to marry: "If you're a CIA agent you're not allowed to tell anyone unless they're immediate family so your girlfriend doesn't count, so he's desperately pushing for them to get married so he can tell her and she's going 'I don't want to get married to you because there's a secret and I don't know what the secret is'."

Alec Baldwin played the CIA analyst in the 1990 movie adaptation, followed by Harrison Ford playing Ryan in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, while Ben Affleck portrayed the government hero in 2002's Sum of All Fears.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is in cinemas on January 24.

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