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Initial post: Jun 28, 2011, 5:42:21 PM PDT
Hey all: I just read the most horrible thing and I had to come here and discuss it. I read that Tom "the midget" Cruise is in talks to play Jack Reacher?!?! WTF? Tell me this is a JOKE. I can think of no worse person to play Jack Reacher. I think of Jack Reacher, and to me he looks like Lee, only bigger, lol. I'm not sure there is anyone already in Hollywood who can do Reacher justice, maybe someone undiscovered? What do you think?

Posted on Jun 29, 2011, 5:37:04 AM PDT
There is NO WAY Tom Cruise could pull off playing Jack Reacher! Just from a physical stand point, he doesn't even come close! Reacher is over 6 feet tall and over 220 pounds of lean muscle mass! That is the complete opposite of Tom Cruise! I enjoy Tom Cruise in the rolls that he plays but this is NOT one he should be in "talks" for. I think this would actually ruin the Jack Reacher series.

Hollywood needs to find someone that can fit the role, physically. The Rock? Vin Diseal? Who would be a great Jack Reacher?

Posted on Jul 5, 2011, 5:25:00 PM PDT
ShoreGuy says:
I can only think of one dude, off the top of my head, to play Reacher - the guy in Thor.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011, 7:32:42 PM PDT
ShoreGuy, don't you think the guy from Thor is a little 'young'? Reacher is 40!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2011, 1:55:50 PM PDT
C. Cihat says:
Maybe the guy from TAKEN. I can't remember his name. He's older, tough looking and tall. Please, no Tom Cruise.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2011, 5:50:47 PM PDT
Sheila White says:
I've been thinking of who could play Reacher lately myself. I know it isn't Tom, heck no. I think the person might have to come from the wrestler catorgory, lol. He's got to be big, mid-to-late 30's and not cute, but mysteriously handsome.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2011, 5:51:55 PM PDT
Sheila White says:
Liem Neison, to small, but one of my favorites.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011, 10:56:38 AM PDT
The "Rock" Dwayne Johnson would be the perfect Jack Reacher!

Posted on Jul 11, 2011, 10:57:28 AM PDT
The "Rock" Dwayne Johnson would be the perfect Jack Reacher!

Posted on Jul 12, 2011, 10:18:03 AM PDT
Jason Statham would be perfect. Tom Cruise is a definite NO!

Posted on Jul 14, 2011, 6:15:24 AM PDT
Tom Cruise would be a ridiculous choice...what height is he...5'7 or 8? Any of the aforementioned actors would do, but not Cruise.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2011, 6:09:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2011, 6:10:23 PM PDT
Statham is just as short as Cruise. Kevin Durand is a great choice.

Posted on Jul 16, 2011, 6:29:53 PM PDT
I'm with the Dwayne Johnson folks 100% on this one. Johnson already IS Reacher. Watch his early movie "The Rundown" and tell me that character is not very similar to Jack Reacher. Johnson is also 6'5" 250, exactly Reacher's size.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011, 9:21:48 PM PDT
Like it or not, Tom Cruise has signed on to play Reacher in "One Shot", so there's nothing we can do about it now.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011, 9:47:57 AM PDT
Rob Roy says:
I suppose we can all vote with our feet, and not waste the money on going to see such an improbably cast film. It is a great disappointment, though, I imagine for all Reacher fans.
Actually, I am in agreement with Shoreguy, in an earlier post, who suggested the new Australian actor who starred in Thor. If they started filiming the books with the Enemy, where Reacher is still in the Army, he'd be just about the right age, and could age into the other books, if they did one every year or so, continuing on with Killing Floor and so on.
It may be that casting Tom Cruise will be such a poor choice that no other Reacher books will ever be filmed. Or maybe they will come to their senses and pick someone better qualified, physically, for the next film. After all, how many James Bonds have there been?

Posted on Jul 28, 2011, 5:48:53 AM PDT
Calvin Wells says:
Look, I'm not a big Tom Cruise fan, but I think perhaps some of us are overreacting a bit with the possibility of Cruise playing Reacher. Reacher's physical size is only ONE character trait, and not nearly the most important, in my mind. An actor like Cruise comes with a ton of credibility, and instantly makes the entire Reacher project a lot more solid. A studio will not shy away from promoting a Cruise film. Also, you have to remember that this film will need more than just Reacher fans to fill the seats, or there will be no second movie. Cruise is also a much better actor than Diesel or the Johnson. But, whatever. I'm just glad to hear that there's a Reacher movie in the works, and if they can draw a top box-office draw like Cruise, great. If they can find an actor even better suited for the role than Cruise, all the better still.

Posted on Jul 28, 2011, 6:28:05 AM PDT
I can think of several men who cound play Reacher and Tom Cruise isn't one of them. Not now, not ever!

I can't believe Lee Child would agree to this - oh, money, that's right. Damn!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2011, 9:03:10 AM PDT
You know, that's a really GREAT idea! If we the fans only had some say in who we would like to see play a part in such a wonderful series as these books, we could come up with some great things, couldn't we? I like the Thor guy, and hell--with makeup, he could be aged forward a little until he catches up with Reacher. I just hate to think that Lee would be happy with the choice...???

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2011, 9:09:25 AM PDT
Calvin, yes, Reacher's size IS a very important character trait in the books (have you even read them?), since most of the things he does and the stunts he pulls are dependent on have the strength and power of a man who is huge and in the prime of his life. If they want Tom Cruise in an action film so much--FINE, go make yet ANOTHER dumb Mission Implausible film--don't corrupt Reacher!!!! And Cruise might be a better actor but his off-stage antics and crazy $cientologist beliefs have tainted many many fans (like me) who can no longer separate Cruise's film characters from his real life. But hey--go see it if you like, I for one will continue to not see any film which has Tom Cruise in its cast. It's too bad, too--handled correctly, I felt that the Reacher series could rival the James Bond and MAYBE the Bourne series. But apparently it HASN'T been handled well so I won't be watching this film.

Posted on Jul 28, 2011, 10:37:56 AM PDT
Rabudabi says:
Agree with all the above ('cept one). After reading 10 or so "Reachers" one develops an image of the man...and Tom-boy ain't it ! Won't be watching it but will keep reading Lee Child's work.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011, 11:02:18 PM PDT
Viggo Mortenson

Posted on Aug 3, 2011, 9:10:26 AM PDT
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G. Stephen says:
No! Please say it ain't so. Cruise is not Jack Reacher. No way. No how. Gerard Butler? Maybe? I just heard someone mention Josh Brolin. That might work. Please reconsider the Cruise choice. If Cruise plays Reacher, I will not be seeing One Shot. It's a damn shame.

Posted on Aug 3, 2011, 9:38:33 AM PDT
G. Stephen says:
I've got it. I read somewhere someone suggested Ray Stevenson. He would be a perfect Reacher. He was fantastic in Kill an Irishman. Great in Punisher/Thor as well. PLEASE RETHINK YOUR CHOICE. To the real Reacher fans, Cruise will be a huge letdown.

Posted on Aug 3, 2011, 7:43:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 3, 2011, 7:45:14 PM PDT
Please anybody but TC. Please. Remember folks Jack Reacher is receiving a monthly retirement check from the Army. So you need someone with a few wrinkle, flat tummy, muscles. I nominate a dressed up (cosmetically and computer enhanced) -- you heard it here first -- my h.s. classmate Harrison Ford.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2011, 10:37:53 PM PDT
YES!!! I just looked him up and you are right--he would make the PERFECT Reacher! I know, I was stunned when I heard that TC actually signed on...WTH is the studio thinking?! His movies consistently flop now, and I can't imagine why they would doom Lee Child's Reacher series like this. Reacher deserves better, Lee deserves better, and we loyal readers deserve better!!
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