'Jack Ryan': Amazon's adaptation is using real guns, artillery to make the series more authentic
John Krasinski plays Jack Ryan, a full-time CIA analyst who is taken off his desk job and thrown in the field to stop terror activities
In the most recent adaptation of Tom Clancy's 'Jack Ryan' by Amazon Prime Original, real guns loaded with blanks were used on the sets. The show's authenticity lies in its use of thousands of ammunition, heavy artillery, pistols, machine guns, and rifles, all of which were kept under the watchful eyes of an expert team in order to give the show its originality.
Tom Clancy's character, Jack Ryan, who has earlier been played by noted actors like Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, is returning to Amazon as a full-time CIA analyst who is ripped out of his usual desk job and is thrown on the field as he tries to stop terror activities.
The show gives the audience an almost first-hand experience of what it's like to work on the lower levels of an organization that deals with deadly criminals. As one of the showrunners, Carlton Cuse said on a behind-the-scene clipping, "A good Jack Ryan show is not only entertaining, it teaches you something about the world that he inhabits."
Patricia Riggen, makeup department head, explained that none of the props used were simply based on observations. There were actual advisors who told the crew what sort of computers, cell phones, clothes, and other stuff were used at the CIA.
Kevin Kent, who is a former Navy SEAL officer, and Natalia Lee, who is also a professional film armorer, gave military tech advise to the creators of the show, and they reportedly shared notes on the safe use of real weapons.
Natalia Lee, armorer and weapons specialist, said in a statement to IANS, "We really have real guns. And so we fire blank ammunition for safety. Thousands of rounds of ammunition, we’re gonna get through them... We’ve got heavy artillery, we’ve got pistols, machine guns, and assault rifles. We cover the whole gamut for this. There is a lot of communication, especially with safety and how we can do all of this gunfire really really safe. But make them visually spectacular."
John Krasinski, who plays the role of the CIA analyst, explains the significance of initially portraying Jack as just an analyst with not much groundwork to do. "We're really starting at the very beginning. So you meet Jack when he's just at the CIA working on different files and leads. And then he comes across this terror organization, and this opens Jack up into this whole new world."
After Chris Pine and Ben Affleck gave some drooly performance as the CIA analyst, Krasinski probably will be able to bring back the original prepossessing Jack Ryan who was extremely well portrayed by Baldwin and Ford.
Krasinski said, "I don't know if there is any way to categorize what we are working on, it is so massive. It definitely doesn't feel like television."
Another reason to be excited about the upcoming Jack Ryan series is that it will be rolling out in a 4K Dolby Vision globally. After initially losing interest in the Dolby format back in 2016, Amazon is once again launching its Dolby Atmos audio system which gives more crisp, vibrant, and bolder strokes of colors.
Watch the behind-the-scenes promo below.