Alec Baldwin has revealed he had hoped to reprise his role as Jack Ryan in a James Bond-style series of films.
The 30 Rock star was the first actor to play the CIA agent hero of Tom Clancy's spy thriller novels on the big screen in The Hunt For Red October. But Harrison Ford played the role in sequels Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, before the part went to Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears, and Chris Pine in the upcoming Moscow.
Now Alec has revealed in his Huffington Post blog that he was in talks in 1991 to play Jack Ryan again, when Hunt for Red October director John McTiernan called to tell him Paramount were considering another "very famous" actor for the role.
He wrote: "John further told me that Paramount owed the actor a large sum of money for a greenlit film that fell apart prior to this, and pushing me aside would help to alleviate that debt and put someone with much greater strength at the box office than mine in the role."
Alec revealed he then spoke to studio executive David Kirkpatrick.
He wrote: "I had to decide if I would agree to an open-ended clause relating to dates for the first sequel, or he would rescind my offer. They had the other guy all lined up, and they were looking for a way to gut me."
Kirkpatrick has commented: "Fundamentally, the reason that Alec Baldwin and I ended our relationship over the character of the Jack Ryan franchise was an issue of trust.
"Alec Baldwin withdrew from the project, Patriot Games, over an issue of script approval: I wanted him to approve a script and he refused."