I love reading Lee Child's series of novels featuring ex-Army MP Jack Reacher, even if Reacher's frequent brutal and amoral murderings of the villains leave me somewhat ill at ease. (Then again, "24" is probably my all-time favorite TV show, and it's not like Jack Bauer is a paragon of morality.) I should be excited that Hollywood may be finally making a movie version.
But really, Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher? Reacher is 6'5" and about 250 pounds. He uses his immense physical size and strength to batter his opponents, often to death. He doesn't use fancy martial arts of any sort. He describes himself as a brawler. He likes delivering elbow strikes to the side of the head, or headbutting.
Don't get me wrong. Although I think Tom Cruise comes across as quite a strange guy these days, I've generally found myself liking his movies. That's a testament to his acting skills. That said, the sheer gap in physical match between Cruise and Reacher is pretty stunning.
Reacher is pretty laconic. It's too bad the former Governator is too old to play him. He'd be a decent choice. Off the top of my head, The Rock is probably the closest high-profile actor to match Reacher. But not Cruise. Please, no.