Reading the Screen: Jack Reacher Casting Rumor a Real Stretch
Posted by: David Pitt
According to this story at the Hollywood Reporter, Tom Cruise “has an offer in hand” to star as Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation of Lee Child’s One Shot.
With all due respect to Mr Cruise, this certainly seems to be an unusual casting choice. Reacher is six-foot-five, about 250 pounds, and Tom Cruise is, um, not. Reacher is handsome in a battle-scarred, weathered sort of way, and Tom Cruise is, well, Tom Cruise.
I know I’ve said you don’t need a walking behemoth to play Reacher. The actor doesn’t need to be exactly as big as Jack. But shouldn’t he be played by somebody with a similar physical presence?
On the other hand, there’s an article about the casting news at the website of the Guardian. It contains this quote from Lee Child: “Reacher’s size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way.”
I’m not sure I buy it, but I’ll admit Child makes an interesting point. Cruise has had some success playing an “unstoppable force,” and, if Reacher were considerably shorter and less muscular, I’d say Cruise was the perfect choice. So here’s the question: do you need a six-foot-five actor to play a six-foot-five character?
If you’re interested, you can check out my original post about the Reacher movie, which contains some interesting casting suggestions from readers. It’s right over here.