/ new Jack Reacher movie
a) does anyone on here read the lee child Jack Reacher novels and
b) how can you cast Tom Cruise (5ft7", about 170lbs maybe?) as a 250lb 6ft5", unstoppable force of nature, Jack Reacher?
c) will you watch the film anyway, even though this is an appalling miscast?
How often does Cruise put anything less than 100% into anything he does?
I think he IS an unstoppable force of nature. 5'7" or not.
As the novels (written by a Brit,) seem a brilliant piss take of American culture (and a friend and I take a secret great delight in them,) it seems most appropriate that the person chosen to be Reacher should be as un-Reacher like as possible, almost in keeping with the theme of the books.
Yes, I have to confess I've read some of them (one or two have been hard to put down) and I don't get Cruise in the role at all. Never mind his physical size, he just isn't Reacher. If the Cruiser starts emoting all over the screen like he normally does, it'll be ridiculously out of character for Reacher.
I read them and Tom Cruise is an impossible casting.
Who would be you're choice for Jack though?
Regarding actor choice, I think Lee Child was involved in the decision and made a comment along the lines of....
We could have got someone who fits the correct profile who was a good actor. But we went for Tom who isn't physically the same, but will be an amazing actor.
...so basically they wanted a quality, proven actor. Also, it's clear that big names sell movies too I guess. Can't wait for the film!
> Regarding actor choice, I think Lee Child was involved in the decision and made a comment along the lines of....
> We could have got someone who fits the correct profile who was a good actor. But we went for Tom who isn't physically the same, but will be an amazing actor.
> ...so basically they wanted a quality, proven actor. Also, it's clear that big names sell movies too I guess. Can't wait for the film!
Exactly. Better Cruise than Lungren.
Exactly. Better Cruise than Lungren.
Why not add to the Reacher mystique by using an unknown/little known actor?
To me, Tom Cruise is totally the wrong choice. He is physically too small and despite being a great actor, I can't see him being able to portray the menace that the role sometimes dictates.
Ideally, what you want, is a young Clint Eastwood...
Cruise will put his heart and soul into it but Karl Urban would have been a better choice. He is a great actor and he can play different characters with seeming ease.
> Why not add to the Reacher mystique by using an unknown/little known actor?
In a word: risk.
Footnote: generally books are always so much better than film versions. You always paint the image in your head and a film will never match.
Just to put you in the picture I always think of Jack Reacher as being like Jim Grant, both physically and in his sense of fairness, incidently he was a barrister before he worked in TV.
Who is Jim Grant?
Sorry, i had read that post but it hadn't stuck. Cheers
“Reacher’s size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way.”
jimmy nail perfect casting
Although just watched the trailer, Cruise might be ok as long as he suppresses the annoying smile.
Personally I always picture Tom Hardy as Reacher. Working my way through the books, loving them but I don't think I will go and see the film, at least until it comes out on the tv.
Looks like total dog shit. I'll still probably go see it. Thing is about Tom Cruise he has made some truly terrible films but his performances in Minority Report, Valkyrie, Risky Business, Magnolia and Tropic Thunder are all excellent.
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