Guy Ritchie is in the director’s chair again, this time to apply his penchant for gangster movies to a spy comedy in Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre. Now in U.S. theaters and set to debut on Amazon Prime U.K. in April, Operation Fortune brings together an ensemble cast for its globe-trotting adventure, including Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza, Cary Elwes, Hugh Grant, and Josh Hartnett.
In Operation Fortune, a deadly top-secret weapon known only as “The Handle” is stolen, leading Nathan Jasmine (Cary Elwes) to recruit a team of spies including Orson Fortune (Jason Statham) and Sarah Fidel (Aubrey Plaza) to track it down. With the nefarious Greg Simmonds (Hugh Grant) planning to sell The Handle at a charity event in Cannes, France, the team devises a novel strategy of blackmailing Hollywood star Danny Francesco (Josh Harnett) into helping them retrieve the weapon.
We speak to Elwes about the making of Operation Fortune, the experience of working with Guy Ritchie, the film’s ensemble cast, and another big movie Cary has on the way in 2023.
Cary Elwes Talks Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre
Screen Rant: Operation Fortune is a bit different from a lot of Guy Ritchie’s crime movies, with a very light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek tone. What can you say about how you approach Nathan Jasmine?
Cary Elwes: You know, I’ve always wanted to work with Guy. When I got the call, obviously I jumped at the opportunity. He and I discussed the character in detail, and he really wanted Nathan to be a little bit of a control freak and the guy who feels like he’s the only adult in the room at times, and something of a peacock in terms of the way he dresses. So, I enjoyed that aspect of it, and it was a real pleasure working with him; a real joy.
Operation Fortune has quite an ensemble cast with Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza, and Josh Hartnett. What were some of your favorite moments or experiences working alongside them?
Cary Elwes: It’s a terrific cast, it really is! I can’t pinpoint one particular moment, other than just how much fun we had. I think that translates onto the screen, there wasn’t a day without laughter.
Operation Fortune is a bit of a globe-trotting story. What can you share about the experience of the production with the movie taking place in many different locations like Spain and Turkey?
Cary Elwes: Well, actually, we filmed in Turkey, and we used that location to double for many different locations. We were really in one spot, and I came back to London to do some work with Nathan Jasmine’s boss. But mostly we filmed in Turkey, which was great fun, and they were terrific there.
With Nathan Jasmine being a bit of a peacock, how would you say he’s different from other characters you’ve taken on previously? What was your favorite element of portraying him as a coordinator-type of character?
Cary Elwes: Well, I’ve never played that before, so I’m always drawn to characters that help stretch me as an actor. One of the first things, obviously besides working with Guy, was the opportunity to play a British character. I don’t often get those opportunities living in America, so that was definitely a draw for me.
What really stood out for you as far as how that story and material were presented?
Cary Elwes: Well, each film Guy makes has his energy, and he brings his unique style to every project he does. And that includes his sense of humor, which is in all of his projects, no matter what the subject matter is. So, that style is what draws fans to see his movies, and that’s one of the things that drew me.
Having done comedies before, how did you try to put a bit of a different stamp on Nathan Jasmine’s humor in Operation Fortune?
Cary Elwes: Well, it’s the tone of Guy’s movies, and his sense of humor and his sensibility. That’s what really made it exciting for me, because I knew I’d get a chance to explore a kind of character I’d never played before.
You also will be seen later this year in Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon. What can you share about the making of Snyder’s sci-fi epic?
Cary Elwes: I can’t tell you anything other than it’s a spectacular project, and it’s epic in scale, as all of Zack’s projects are. I’m looking forward to audiences getting a chance to see it, I really am!
Would the world of Operation Fortune and Nathan Jasmine be something you’d be interested in returning to if the chance arose?
Cary Elwes: Listen, when Guy Ritchie calls, you pack bags! That would be up to the audience if these characters and this movie, so we’ll see.
About Operation Fortune
In the film, super spy Orson Fortune (Jason Statham) must track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology wielded by billionaire arms broker Greg Simmonds (Hugh Grant). Reluctantly teamed with some of the world’s best operatives (Aubrey Plaza, Cary Elwes, Bugzy Malone), Fortune and his crew recruit Hollywood’s biggest movie star Danny Francesco (Josh Hartnett) to help them on their globe-trotting undercover mission to save the world.
Operation Fortune is now in U.S. theaters, and will be released on Prime Video in the U.K. on April 7.