Lee Childs' character, Jack Reacher, is making his screen debut this December.
My group of beer buddies are big Jack Reacher fans. Jack Reacher travels light, with a toothbrush, wearing the same clothes for a few days before shedding them and donning replacement clothes that he buys at discount stores. He doesn't have a drivers license but does have an ATM card. A former US Army Special Forces Major, he is now a drifter who sometimes is framed and most save himself, and sometimes ends up helping others. He's a marksman and a professionally trained killer.
He is six foot five and naturally muscular.
Tom Cruise, who is not six foot five, is playing him in the movie.
I have mixed feelings about that. I've enjoyed Cruise in a number of roles. He doesn't blow me away as an actor with his skills. I didn't think he was the right choice for the vampire Lestat in "Interview With A Vampire," just as I don't think of Lindsay Lohan as an excellent choice to play Elizabeth Taylor in "Dick and Liz".
See, just as Elizabeth Taylor's natural beauty and presence are a large part of what fascinated me about her, Jack Reacher's large physical presence is part of his persona. People react differently to you when you're five ten or less and six foot five or bigger. No doubt the screenwriters and directors will take this into account. Maybe it'll come out as something terrific, such as Robbie Coltrane playing the half giant wizard Hagrid in the Harry Potter series. Robbie Coltrane isn't a big guy but they made it work.
Lee Childs has on issue with Tom Cruise in the role. An LA Times article by Carolyn Kellog, Childs was quoted, "Reacher's size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way," Child said, according to Deadline Hollywood, which has an exclusive report on the potential film deal.
Yeah, that's a convoluted quote. Kind of like using Cruis as Reacher. Maybe Tom Cruise will work as Jack Reacher. We'll see, but I think it's gonna be a reach.
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