The premiere of ‘Treadstone’ was a high-stakes new look into the ‘Bourne’ universe. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY star Jeremy Irvine about what’s subsequent after that intense premiere, whether or not Bentley could be trusted, and extra.
Treadstone has launched us to many new characters throughout the Bourne universe. The Oct. 15 premiere set the stage for an action-packed season. Jeremy Irvine stars as J. Randolph Bentley, a CIA spy who has been held captive for months. He managed to flee, however has he actually? That’s what Treadstone will attempt to reply over the course of the season. Jeremy sat down EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife to speak about diving into the Bourne world, the coaching course of, and what’s forward for Bentley.
What stood out concerning the function of Bentley that made you need to bounce into this world?
Jeremy Irvine: I used to be only a huge Jason Bourne fan and obtained to have a chat with Ben Smith, the producer. For somebody like him on the helm of this — he produced the Bourne films as nicely — you form of belief their artistic judgment. So we obtained one episode at a time as we filmed, so we didn’t actually know the place the character was going. I used to be simply taking his phrase for it. But what was actually cool was it become a very collaborative course of. I’ve solely ever carried out films and theater. I used to be informed coming into filming, the traces have been the traces, you weren’t allowed to alter a factor. Everything was to be utterly managed by the studio. Then I began working with Ben and we’d spend hours kind of transforming scenes with the writers. It actually felt like a really collaborative course of. So that was an enormous attraction to me, particularly as soon as we’d began. I used to be like, “All right, this was a good decision.” Because it’s additionally an enormous time dedication. You signal as much as a film and it’s like two months of your life. Sign as much as one thing like this and there’s an entire yr from beginning coaching for it to ending it.
The stunts within the first episode have been extraordinarily intense. Talk me via that coaching course of.
Jeremy Irvine: It was nice. I began it a few months earlier than we began filming. The stunts appeared clear, that they needed all of the preventing to be actual. So we realized all the different types of martial arts types and all the types of methods which might be truly taught at Special Forces and issues. I realized it for actual first after which realized methods to do it for the digital camera and with out truly hitting somebody, which is vital. It was very bodily and demanding. But on the similar time, it’s form of each boy’s goals. It was beautiful and it was operating round kicking ass, that was nice.
At the tip of the episode, Bentley does escape. What are you able to say about the place his journey goes from that time?
Jeremy Irvine: I feel largely for Bentley, and that is what I preferred concerning the authentic Bourne movies, he’s attempting to work out — are they good guys or are they dangerous guys? With Bentley, he thinks he’s man, after which discovers that perhaps that’s not the case. Has he been allowed to flee? Was that each one a part of the plan from this kind of thoughts management program he’s been in? Has he been intentionally allowed to be despatched again to the CIA? Is he now going for use as a weapon in opposition to his personal nation? It’s a whole lot of his battle with that. He goes on this journey to try to make issues proper and discovers some fairly terrible issues alongside the best way.
So it’s as a lot an inside wrestle as it’s exterior?
Jeremy Irvine: The factor that I loved probably the most, and I’d say it’s greater than the motion, is the kind of psychological thriller facet of it. Every actor loves doing motion scenes. The actuality of them is that they’re nice enjoyable, nevertheless it’s a whole lot of time to movie these huge sequences. For me, probably the most pleasing factor is simply to have a scene the place you must create all the joy of the motion scene, however with simply you and one other actor in a room having to have a dialog. Those are probably the most rewarding scenes to shoot.
When Bentley being thrown again into the traditional world, how is he going to deal with coming again to it?
Jeremy Irvine: Well, it’s extra about how different individuals deal with him. I feel the Cold War is a good time to set my storyline. Because it’s such a time of paranoia, particularly amongst Americans and kind of between the East and West. For somebody to return again from the opposite facet — the Iron Curtain — he’s met with a whole lot of suspicions, which was a severe factor again then. You’re suspected of probably being a double agent and that’s a severe factor. He’s obtained to kind of discover a means of convincing his facet that he’s nonetheless on that facet.
You talked a little bit bit concerning the Cold War period in 1973. What’s that like for you being in that point interval and having to determine that character then?
Jeremy Irvine: It’s nice being someplace like Budapest, which was below Soviet management till 1991. So actually not that way back. So filming that and filming it as Soviet-controlled Budapest and East Berlin was form of nice. Because you didn’t should do a lot imagining. Quite a lot of it’s nonetheless there and it nonetheless seems to be the best way that it did again then. So it’s very straightforward to kind of immerse your self in that world truly. I’m a little bit of a historical past nerd so I really like all that stuff.
Why do you suppose there continues to be a lot curiosity within the Bourne universe?
Jeremy Irvine: Well, I can solely communicate for myself, however for me, I grew up within the kind of Pierce Brosnan-James Bond period. And then Bourne got here alongside and utterly flipped that on its head. It utterly went away from the kind of heightened drama of Bond and made it tremendous visceral and tremendous actual and tremendous grounded. I feel we maintain onto that on this. The combat sequences are saved as actual as attainable. Everything was shot reside in entrance of the digital camera. We weren’t doing huge fights in entrance of inexperienced screens and having your stunt double do most of it. We’re actually doing it as a lot for actual as you’ll be able to. We had a whole lot of accidents. We had a whole lot of occasions it went flawed. But I feel that’s what occurs while you actually push the envelope of what’s attainable in motion.
The premiere confirmed Petra within the current day. Is there any chance that we might see Bentley within the current day?
Jeremy Irvine: I don’t know. We’ll should see if he survives. That was the humorous factor whereas capturing. We have been getting every episode at a time. I used to be going, “I’m sure he’s got to die. I’m sure he’s got to die.” And every episode I used to be ready to see how I might die. But you’ll have to attend and see.