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Old 06-16-11, 05:09 AM
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Tom Cruise as Lee Child's rugged Jack Reacher?

While this probably should be in the movie thread, this is a very popular series and will probably get more relevant discussion here. Personally, I would hate the choice of Cruise as Reacher:

Tom Cruise as Lee Child's rugged Jack Reacher?

Tom Cruise is in talks to star as rugged former U.S. Army cop Jack Reacher in writer-director Christopher McQuarrie’s adaptation of Lee Child’s 2005 novel One Shot for Paramount, EW has confirmed. (Deadline first reported the news.) Cruise has apparently been circling Reacher for some time, which may come as a surprise to fans of Child’s best-selling thriller series. But even though Cruise doesn’t fit the physical description of Jack Reacher in the books (6’5″, 250 pounds, not particularly attractive), I think the now-middle-aged star would be terrific in the role.

Reacher is like a grittier, real-world version of Ethan Hunt from the Mission: Impossible series — he drifts from town to town with no luggage, pitching in to help crime victims, and using his military training and resourcefulness to get out of jams. (In One Shot, first published in 2005, he investigates a sniper attack in Indiana.) Reacher knows how to throw punches, but he also feels the effects when a punch is thrown. It’s refreshing to see Cruise bypassing yet another comic-book movie for a potential franchise like this that’s action-oriented but more character-driven and grounded in reality. McQuarrie, whose last directing credit was 2000′s The Way of the Gun, is best known as the screenwriter behind The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie (starring Cruise), and the recently tabled The Wolverine. Interestingly, 2005′s One Shot isn’t the first Reacher book, or even one of the best. (EW gave it a B–.) But I’ll be first in line to see how Cruise embodies one of my favorite thriller heroes.
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Re: Tom Cruise as Lee Child's rugged Jack Reacher?

^ Yeah, what a joke. What I really don't get is that Lee Child defended the casting choice:
"Reacher's size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way,"
BTW, I made mention of this news in the existing "Lee Child" thread a few down from this one.
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Re: Tom Cruise as Lee Child's rugged Jack Reacher?

Lee has his reasons.

Besides, I think Cruise could do a more interesting job than most of the names that get bandied about. (I.e., The Rock.) It probably still won't get made, but if it does, I'll be interested to see how it comes out.

What the hell, right? It's just a movie. The books will always remain what they are.
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^ True and yeah, I understand why Lee Child said what he did. Anne Rice was rather vocal about a Cruise casting choice in the past. I don't think it did her any favors.
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Re: Tom Cruise as Lee Child's rugged Jack Reacher?

Cruise is about as rugged as it gets for 5'5" thin dudes.
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Re: Tom Cruise as Lee Child's rugged Jack Reacher?

From reading the first 4 books...thats not Jack Reacher to me.
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Re: Tom Cruise as Lee Child's rugged Jack Reacher?

Surprised they went with the character name for the movie title.
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I am on the third book now, and Cruise is not Reacher, they should just call it Mission Impossible 4.5, because thats what the music reminds me of. But I will see it when it comes out.
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The movie looks horrible.

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