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The decision to cast Tom
Cruise as Jack Reacher

Washington Post, by Kevin Nance

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 12/14/2012 7:00:12 PM

Tom Cruise? Really? That’s the question that Lee Child, author of the popular Jack Reacher thriller novel series, has been fielding for the past year about the casting of Cruise in the lead role of “Jack Reacher,” a film adaptation of Child’s “One Shot” (2005), in which Reacher — an ex-military police officer who wanders the country righting wrongs — investigates five apparently random killings by a sniper. Directed and adapted for the screen by Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects,” “The Way of the Gun,” “Valkyrie”), the film will be released by Paramount on Dec. 21.

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To escape the tragedy in Connecticut and politics for a moment I post this. I certainly question the wisdom of casting the diminutive Cruise as the strapping man Jack Reacher. I have read every single Lee Child novel and Tom Cruise is no Jack Reacher, in every aspect. The author can try to explain it away, but I´m not buying it.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lana720, 12/14/2012 7:07:20 PM     (No. 9066204)

Given today´s tragedy of a lack of morals and values, does this film really need to be released at all?
Hollywood can stop making crap like this any time now. Those fragile emotionally do not need to have their fantasies seen on screen.
the same goes for makers of video games.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: avikingman, 12/14/2012 7:08:55 PM     (No. 9066210)

Totally agree w OP.
I couldn´t believe it.
The wuss Cruise as Jack Reacher has to be the worst casting decision ever.

Reacher is 10 inches taller and nearly a hundred pounds heavier.

Ruined the whole deal for me. Back to the books.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Starfire, 12/14/2012 7:20:06 PM     (No. 9066222)

I thoroughly enjoyed every Jack Reacher novel until I read that Tom Cruise was cast for the role. Jack Reacher should be Gary Cooper, strong and silent, not a squealing 12-year old jumping on Oprah´s couch. I just can´t begin to get that mental picture bleached from my brain. I won´t be seeing the movie and I have lost all interest in any future Jack Reacher novels.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 12/14/2012 7:30:58 PM     (No. 9066233)

I still love Jack Reacher - on paper. Think I´ll continue in that mode and not bother with Tom Cruise as Jack. Either he´d have to wear 7-8 inch lifts or everyone else in the cast would have to stand in a hole...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Doc Obiwan, 12/14/2012 7:32:32 PM     (No. 9066241)

Jack Teacher: 6´5", 250 lbs., ugly.

Tom Cruise:5´7", whatever, Pretty Boy.

It was the Big Bucks, wasn´t it, Mr. Child?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: saguni, 12/14/2012 7:33:05 PM     (No. 9066242)

I will never spend a penny to watch any movie the shrimp, Tom Cruise, is in.

I have never watched any of the Mission Impossible movies, but the star of the TV series, Peter Graves (in his prime) or his brother James Arness both would be a better casting choice.

When I read the books, which describe Jack as 6´5" 210 to 250 pounds and a 50" chest, I pictured Jack as more of a "Charles Bronson" type, not the shrimp Tom Cruise.

At least I can FF through the ads for the movie and escape to the books, where I will never picture the shrimp Tom Cruise throwing "lightening-fast punches with ham sized fists" when I read the fight scenes.

I was thinking of Liam Neeson (6´4") who did fight scenes well in Taken or maybe Jim Caviezel (6´2") who does fight scenes well in Person of Interest.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 12/14/2012 7:42:06 PM     (No. 9066254)

Trace Adkins (6´6") would have been perfect for the part. He wouldn´t have to act - just be himself.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Skyliner, 12/14/2012 7:47:00 PM     (No. 9066260)

I read that particular book. Neither Reacher or any of the other brilliant people trying to solve the murders considered the obvious until Page 213.

Give me Vince Flynn any day.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: snowcloud, 12/14/2012 7:52:48 PM     (No. 9066266)

#6, Charles Bronson was only 5´8", he would have been able to pull off the acting though. Are there actors that are big and strapping these days? I can´t think of any.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/14/2012 8:00:55 PM     (No. 9066285)

Were he not too old, I think Nick Nolte would have been perfect.

I loved all of the Reacher books but lost my respect for Child when he stated that Reacher would have voted of 0bama.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BadgerBill, 12/14/2012 8:34:39 PM     (No. 9066331)

Need a non-Hollywood actor--who is actual hgt./wgt.

If I could put on 50 pounds, I´d do it...got everything else necessary....

Ha!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Judith, 12/14/2012 8:34:43 PM     (No. 9066332)

Guess child doesn´t prize his product very much.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/14/2012 8:48:32 PM     (No. 9066347)

#7 What a great idea. I always wonder who all these women are who swoon over Cruise. I don´t know any.I

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Reply 14 - Posted by: grounded, 12/14/2012 8:58:29 PM     (No. 9066360)

The author of the Reacher novels, Lee Child, is a Brit. The last few books have an almost surreal sense of place. As if the writer has never been within a thousand miles of the locales depicted and relies instead on some cliched stereotypical description. The other thing is that Reacher is getting a little long in the tooth, being a veteran of Gulf War I. He has to be pushing 50.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: noddy, 12/14/2012 9:49:32 PM     (No. 9066444)

Yes #8. I´m a Mitch Rapp fan. Read that the $10M man turned down the part. I think Gerard Butler would be a good Rapp. However if the film spawns others, we maybe should go for a younger actor.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: iamtinman, 12/14/2012 10:00:16 PM     (No. 9066457)

The producers wanted a name actor to bring in viewers, pure and simple. Lee Child to the contrary, most men won´t accept that pipsqueak as Jack Reacher. I´ve read half a dozen Reacher novels so I won´t be going to see the movie. I don´t want to have to suspend belief and then read another Reacher novel and wonder who this guy is.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 12/14/2012 10:30:52 PM     (No. 9066495)

Jim Caviezel would have been perfect...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: NYbob, 12/14/2012 11:44:17 PM     (No. 9066567)

#9, the guy who played Thor in the Avengers. Dwayne Johnson with hair. I´d say Jason Sthaham would be perfect, but I don´t think he can act with hair or lose the accent. The new Superman actor, anyone but Cruise and I really enjoyed the movie Collateral.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: gruntled, 12/15/2012 1:22:01 AM     (No. 9066651)

Actually Vin Diesel would be perfect. Big, homely, meaner than a snake . . . that´s the ticket!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/15/2012 3:50:21 AM     (No. 9066732)

I´m not buying it either. Reacher is over 6 feet tall and a strapping muscled man. Cruise can´t be more than 5 feet tall and a wuss. How can you watch a movie with a wuss depicting Reacher? I´ll not waste my money seeing it.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: jeff100, 12/15/2012 3:54:31 AM     (No. 9066735)

Having read many Reacher novels, I too was dismayed by the choice of Cruise.

It will probably be a decent action movie. But the Jack Reacher I know stays on paper.

Oh, and by the way, I loved, loved, loved Vince Flynn´s books, only to read the last couple that he seemed to have phoned in....

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