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Tom Cruise Ruins “Jack Reacher”

Tom Cruise In Trailer For “Jack Reacher”.

WARNING!  If you’ve ever read one of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, or intend on reading one in the future, DO NOT watch the trailer linked to above!  In fact, leave this blog right now.  You may have already seen too much.

If you are unaware of the character, I’ll explain the problem.  Tom Cruise is opposite in every way, from any description of Reacher I’ve read in the three (of seventeen) of Child’s novels.  The differences go beyond that, but why base a movie on a well established character, then change everything about them but the name?

The fact that this movie is, no doubt, just another piece of Hollywood crap isn’t what is really bothering me here.  It’s the fact that I will no longer be able to read any of the books without seeing Cruises’ elfin likeness every time I read the name.  He’s never been believable (to me) in any of the action films I’ve seen him in.  He simply doesn’t have ‘the look’.

What is ‘the look’ for Jack Reacher?  From wikipedia:

Reacher is a giant, standing at 6′ 5″ tall (1.96m) with a 50-inch chest, and weighing between 210 and 250 pounds (100–115 kg). He has ice-blue eyes and dirty blond hair. He has very little body fat, and his muscular physique is completely natural (he reveals in Persuader, he has never been an exercise enthusiast.) He is exceptionally strong but is not a good runner.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][3] Reacher is strong enough to break a man’s neck with one hand (Bad Luck and Trouble) and kill a villain with a single punch to the head (Running Blind and 61 Hours) or chest (Worth Dying For). In a fight against a 7 foot, 400 lb steroid-using thug (Persuader), Reacher was able to lift his opponent into the air and drop him on his head.

Yeah, Tom Cruise.

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Comments

  1. bmj2k  July 5, 2012

    Pretty good casting I’d say. Of course I’d also have cast Woody Allen as Superman and Katy Perry as Miss Marple so what do I know?

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    • Jim  July 6, 2012

      Go west young man, a job in Hollywood awaits! You’re obviously on to their “take it, and flip it” idea of movie making.

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  2. Patrick  July 11, 2012

    Even on the Roids Cruise has been using he can’t make that match.

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    • Jim  July 11, 2012

      Maybe between that, some really huge elevator shoes, and the right camera angle…. No, you’re right.

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