THE SITE FOR DIE HARD CRIME & THRILLER FANS
News

Crime fiction lovers say ‘no’ to Cruise as Reacher

1 Mins read

“It’s a joke. A bad one,” said Crime Fiction Lover reader Åsa Stöckel last night on Twitter.

And she’s not alone in disapproving of the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, one of the genre’s favourite heroes. “Cruise as Reacher = Balotelli in #manchesterderby: take an early shower, baby,” added John Nardizzi.

Indeed Tom Cruise and Robert Duval were at the controversial match between Manchester City and Manchester United yesterday helping promote the film which was going to be called One Shot, but will be released entitled simply Jack Reacher. It’s playing from 21 December in the US and appears on Boxing Day in the UK.

It’s not personal. Nobody’s saying they hate Tom Cruise’s acting. The trouble is that Lee Child’s novels describe Reacher as being 6-foot-five and weighing over 200lbs. Cruise’s stature might have been more suitable for The Hobbit. Even Crime Fiction Lover readers who are huge fans of Child’s creation were scathing in their comments. “Am huge a Lee Child fan but will definitely NOT be going to see film. Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher – no way!” said Irene Laker.

Rolling Stone magazine have said that, ‘Cruise nails it.’ Other reviewers have criticised the film saying that it rips off Drive (based on the book by James Sallis) and said the Cruise portrayal of Reacher is closer to John Rambo than the rambling man you might envisage reading the books.

Meanwhile the actor himself has pointed out in a Sky News story that size is a characteristic of Jack Reacher, it’s not the character itself. He added that audiences will enjoy the film’s humour. Back in May at CrimeFest in Bristol, Lee Child was very positive about the casting of Tom Cruise despite the obvious physical differences between the actor and the character he portrays.

You can read our review of A Wanted Man, the latest Reacher book by Lee Child, right here. If you do go and watch the film, watch out for Lee Child in it. He plays the duty sergeant who hands Reacher his toothbrush…

Related posts
iBookKindlePrintReviews

The Sentinel by Lee and Andrew Child

Lee Child’s decision to share writing duties with his younger brother Andrew could have been a big risk. Jack Reacher is an established favourite in the world of crime fiction, having appeared in 24 previous books as well as a feature film starring Tom Cruise….
Features

Interview: Author Heather Martin talks about The Reacher Guy

Lee Child is one of the world’s most famous crime authors, and his series character Jack Reacher is one of our most beloved. So, for biographer Heather Martin being able to write Lee Child’s authorised biography is quite a coup. Heather’s background in academia –…
News

On the Radar: Jack is back

Although the sound of Santa’s sleigh is still well off in the distance, when November comes you can usually start to see how things will shape up in terms of the crime Christmas bookshelf. For example, Lee Child fans will be singing a jingle next…

8 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Crime Fiction Lover