Friday, August 19, 2011

Tom Over-Reaching With Jack

When thriller fans hear the name Lee Child, they think of "Jack Reacher".
He's the author's gravy train - a tough-guy ex-Military Policeman character, righter of wrongs, breaker of rules if those rules stop him from delivering his form of justice…
6ft.5" with a 50-inch chest and weighing around 250lbs/115kg.
Built like a brick shit-house.
Strong enough to break a man’s neck with one hand (Bad Luck And Trouble) or kill a bad guy with one head punch (61 Hours).
A take-no-prisoners man’s man.
An unstoppable force.
Get the picture?
So why the hell did they give the movie role of Jack Reacher... to Tom Cruise?!
Cruise is too pretty (albeit in a waning way), far too short (only 5ft.7") and hardly what you’d call "built".
He’ll play Reacher in the movie version of One Shot (which is actually the 9th book in the series – although you can enter the series at any stage and not feel lost). But many fans are unimpressed with the decision - some creating Facebook pages with titles such as 'Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher'.
Personally I’d have loved to see Keifer Sutherland in the role, though he’s probably typecast now as "Jack Bauer" in 24.
But "Jack Reacher" is a giant of a character…Tom Cruise is not.

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