Tom Cruise as the title character in the upcoming film, Jack Reacher, based on the character created by Lee Child.
You may know that Lee Child writes the best-selling Jack Reacher series, about a tough guy ex-cop. You may also know that Jack Reacher fans are not happy about Tom Cruise (believed to be something less than 6'5") being cast as their 6'5", 250-pound hero. (Typical reaction to the trailer, out this week: "Tom Cruise could play Reacher's 'mini-me.")
Lee Child hemmed and hawed a bit when asked to comment – "Honestly, I'm incredibly thrilled and grateful that anyone has an opinion at all" – but then he cut to the chase.
"Okay, he doesn't look exactly right," Child finally admitted. "But he sure does act like Reacher." He went on to say that demand is only one side of the equation. There's also supply to consider. "People are acting as if we marched past vast legions of 6'5", 250-pound actors," he says. "Nobody looks like that in Hollywood."
Comment....I have read all of Lee Child's Jack Reacher books and the ex-military policeman is one tough guy. I get the impression from reading the stories, that to do what he does he needs to be a big intimating guy. But if Hollywood can make a super hero out of a mouse they can do wonders a little Tommy Cruise... Click the link for the trailer video...