Wendell Pierce and Michael Kelly are back Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 4. Pierce portrays James Greer, one of Jack Ryan’s (John Krasinski) closest compatriots, and Kelly plays Mike November, a CIA operative who takes out the trio of spies.
Jack Ryan Season 4 sees the title character rise to become acting deputy director of the CIA. When a new international threat emerges that could reveal the agency’s dirtiest secrets, Jack turns to Greer and November to help him deal with this new threat to US national security.
Screen Rant I had the pleasure of chatting with Wendell Pierce and Michael Kelly shortly after the world premiere Jack Ryan Season 4 in Boston. We discuss how Jack Ryan formed a team with Jim Greer and Mike November, how Season 4 shows a new side of Greer, and Kelly’s secret to playing the fun-loving Mike November.
About Wendell Pierce and Michael Kelly teaming up and saving Jack Ryan’s life
Michael, the thing I love most about Mike November is that you always seem like you’re having the most fun. What’s the key to having fun, even when you’re being shot by terrorists?
Michael Kelly: You know, and I’m going to be honest, I have a lot of fun. Michael Kelly had a lot of fun. i don’t mean [the] Third person, I just wanted to differentiate between Mike November and myself. I had a lot of fun in my life. And I think we collectively decided that you saw the transformation of Mike November from the beginning of season two to the end of season two. He becomes a different person. These two people enable her to become the person she probably always was inside. And I think, in my opinion, they brought out his good side. And then, you see it grow in the third season and then in the fourth season.
A lot of that has to do with John and John’s crazy sense of humor. So many funny one-liners and stuff that I do with John just being like, “Yo, dude, say it, do it,” you know? And it gave me a certain sense of freedom as an actor to act on my own impulses and do my own little things. To watch him grow up over the years. I gotta tell you, man, it was a treat to play such a funny character. Especially after playing such serious roles for so long. Oh my god, it was really nice to have an audience member be like, “He’s got teeth!” (Laughs) I laughed once in six years of House of Cards. Once.
I think I remember that smile.
MICHAEL KELLY: (Laughs) Being able to do that on Jack Ryan whenever I want is pretty damn cool.
It’s amazing. Listen, I wish I had an hour to talk to you Jack Ryan. Again, I love the season. I love your work. I hope you come back for maybe 5 or a season Rainbow Six spin-off
Michael Kelly: Me too, dude. Your lips are in God’s ears. Thank you.
Wendell Pierce: Good point. Thank you very much, John.
About Jack Ryan Season 4
As the new CIA acting deputy director, Jack Ryan is tasked with uncovering internal corruption, and in doing so, uncovers a series of suspicious black ops that could reveal the country’s vulnerability in the final season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.