Skip to comments.A Tough Guy's Tough Road to the Screen (Tom Cruise as Lee Child's Jack Reacher)
Posted on 01/06/2012 10:07:07 AM PST by EveningStar
After 15 years of false starts and thorny casting issues, Lee Child's Jack Reacher franchise is finally on its way to Hollywood. Are Tom Cruise's shoulders broad enough to carry it?
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I guess Alan Alda was not available...
The Left does not approve of the sentiments found in Jack Reacher. So they will use any actor to try to defuse it. If they could get Alan Alda to do it, they would.
My guess is the best actor for Jack Reacher in the Left's eyes would be Woody Allen.
Tom Cruise is not it, you need an Arnold Swarchsnegger or someone with Rippling Muscles to do it and Jack Reacher is known to eliminate his enemies with his bare hands.
Jack Reacher doesn’t need a box office draw, he needs a man to play him, a big man.
Picking Cruise shows me the production company has no idea how to do this.
Like George Segal, though a fine actor, ruined The Quiller Memorandum.
Maybe they’re planning on a parody like the Dean Martin “Matt Helm “ series.
As it happens, Dean Martin would have been an excellent choice to play Helm if the series had been done straight. He’d showed he could do a good job in dramatic roles, and some aspects of his own personality can be found in the character as written by Donald Hamilton.
6’4” Clint Eastwood
John Rhys Davies is over 6 ft tall but in Lord of the Rings he played a dwarf.........Movie technology today can not only create Cruise's height but it can also make him look and sound intelligent.......
Why not Mark Wahlburg for another Child’s book-turn- movie?
good actor, believable tough guy.
Its a shame Dolph Lungren is a bit on the old side, I would think he would be a pretty good actor to play Jack Reacher.
And I am a very good fan of every book.
Tom Cruise will kill it, they need the character just right, has to be a big man, a loner that is bad enough to crack heads of the best of the best and that means Seals, Rangers and any other really tough guys.
Yes , he would have done a terrific job. Was a little old to play it straight by then though.
I watch a lot of ‘40s and ‘50s ‘cinema’ these days and I was thinking which of those actors would fit the role of Reacher- and nearly ALL of them would!
“Private Ryan”... 12 years ago.
No wonder they’re casting a “box-office draw” metrosexual for Reacher... bet there’s lots of cool special effects and sex scenes too. They’ll make a fortune.
(LOL! Yeah, I don’t think much of today’s movies.)
It's funny you mention that in the context of this thread. Waaaay back in the early 90's when it was announced that Tom Cruise had been chosen to play LeStat in Interview With The Vampire, I specifically recall telling a friend that Lundgren would have been a far superior choice....
You know what, as far as I know he is still alive and kicking.
Now another actor I could see possibly as good is Bruce Willis, he may not be as big as needed but he does have the character about right.
As far as a younger actor the one who played Captain America I think would be a good choice as well. But..he is much younger, Jack Reacher I think should be something around late thirties or close to 40 if i remember right.
Cruise's size won't be a problem after all...
It’s a disappointing state of Affair(s) alright.
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