Why did the Jack Ryan actors change?
Why does Harrison Ford play Jack Ryan in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger when Alec Baldwin did so well in The Hunt for Red October? The Hunt for Red October was filmed and released first. It was a single movie deal. After its success Hollywood wanted to make more. By the time that the movies were being cast, Alec Baldwin already had several other contractual engagements. He was starring in a Broadway play when shooting was to start. He reportedly wanted to be in Patriot Games but couldn’t move his schedule around. So Harrison Ford was selected as an as close as possible replacement. Of course, we can speculate that Hollywood also wanted a big name star in the lineup as well. By Hollywood logic, Sean Connery was probably more important as a big name draw for The Hunt for Red October than as an actor in it. The Patriot Games / Clear and Present Danger movie deal was reportedly a three movie contract. But I have no definitive word about that. Read Variety.