When I first started seeing the trailers for this new Jack Reacher movie starring Tom Cruise, I thought the whole thing seemed rather silly. Cruise hardly looks like the badass, tough-guy, judge-jury-and-executioner type portrayed in the previews. As I remarked on Twitter at the time, Sly Stallone might be the same height, but at least he has the (steroid-enhanced) muscles. Cruise, lest we forget, got his big break as a pretty-boy high-school pimp in Risky Business, and his biggest action role, Top Gun, was as a fighter pilot. Hey, you can’t exactly stick Schwarzenegger in a cockpit…
Mind you, I wasn’t initially aware that the movie was based on a book, and that the character is the hero of a series of novels written by Lee Child. On his website, the author seemingly suggests that Cruise isn’t right for the role, either. It says here that Reacher is 6’5” and weighs between 220 and 250 pounds. Even with Stallone’s workout regime and all kinds of trick camera angles, Hollywood would have a hard time making Maverick look the part.
Suffice to say, fans of the Child novels are none too happy with Cruise playing the protagonist. The L.A. Times has compiled a host of angry comments from back in July, when they first covered the casting choice. Some of these are pretty good. Here are a few choice cuts:
“I can not believe they actually used an arrogant overexposed short IMBECILE to create such an awesome character. I will not see it and it literally RUINED the whole character for me. HOW COULD THEY DO THIS?”
“‘Tom Cruise? He’d be a perfect Jack Reacher!’ said no one ever…”
“I am so upset that they chose Tom to play this role. I will not pay money to see this movie, either. Get a real man to play that role and I will be the first in line to see that movie.”
Me, I think I’ll probably go see Django Unchained instead…