Chris Pine of "Star Trek" fame take on the role of a CIA analyst in the spy thriller "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," in which he gets to share scenes with action film veteran Kevin Costner.
The movie, which hits theaters on Friday, Jan. 17, is the fifth film in the "Jack Ryan" series, which is based on novels by Tom Clancy, who died in October. Pine's character tries to stop Russian terrorists, who aim to carry out an attack and hope to cause the U.S. economy to collapse. The film also stars Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh, who is also the director.
Pine spoke to OTRC.com about the movie as well as about another upcoming film he worked on recently -- "Into The Woods."
Watch videos of the interview with Chris Pine, above, and check out 3 highlights below.
1. On working with Kevin Costner and being star struck ...
"I remember having that when I did 'Unstoppable' with Denzel [Washington]. You have moments of, like, 'Holy ... holy crap, this is the person I'd been watching all my life and he's acting opposite me,' but you quickly ... Ultimately, it's like a job and you get over that pretty quickly. There are moments when that pops back in but you gotta keep it about the work 'cause you have too much of it to do."
2. On filming his action scenes ...
"I always viewed this film way more from like a plot standpoint, so I was always more exhausted by thinking about the intricacies or where the plot would go, how it'd work out, how we could make it better. It was almost like the action stuff was secondary to me -- I was like, 'I know I can deal with that and make that work.' I just wanted to figure out all that other stuff."
3. On filming "Into The Woods" ...
The live-action Disney film, which is based on Stephen Sondheim's Tony-winning Broadway musical, also stars Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick and is set for release on Dec. 25 - Christmas Day (check out a photo of Meryl Streep as a witch).
"One of the best experiences to date of my professional career," Pine told OTRC.com. "It's stunning. It's going to look beautiful ... I think it's quite extraordinary. I don't wanna jinx anything but it was so much fun to make. It felt like a real kind of summer stock theatre company getting together. It was just great fun."
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).