In the realm of dumb movie-casting decisions, this has got to rank right up there with the dumbest imaginable: According to Omnimystery News, couch-jumping Scientology fanatic Tom Cruise has been tapped to portray Lee Child’s famously tough series protagonist, Jack Reacher, in a future film adaptation of his 2005 novel, One Shot.
Hmm. Reacher, the U.S. military policeman turned troubleshooting drifter, is described in Child’s novels as 6 feet, 5 inches tall, with a 50-inch chest, and weighing in at something between 210 and 250 pounds. By comparison, Cruise is said to stand just over 5 feet, 7 inches and weigh in at around 150 pounds. He and Reacher aren’t exactly look-alikes, now are they? Furthermore, Reacher is said, in Nothing to Lose (2008), to hold “no religious beliefs” and to be scornful of religious extremists. Which, again, doesn’t exactly recommend Cruise for the role.
Do you think the casting geniuses over at Paramount Pictures had clue one about Child’s best-selling series before they decided that hiring Cruise was their best course of action?
It’s probably too late to replace Cruise with some other actor. But who do you think would do a better job of playing Jack Reacher on the screen? Make any and all nominations in the Comments section of this post.