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Lee Child/Jack Reacher

Discussion in 'The Book Rack' started by GKC1, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. GKC1


    May 23, 2010
    Does anyone else here read Lee Child's books, with Jack Reacher being the main character? I just read where "One Shot" is going to be made into a movie. Now, Jack Reacher has been described in every book as being VERY big, like 6'5", with long arms and hands like, who do they get to star in the film? TOM CRUISE! :rofl:
  2. skorittnig


    Oct 3, 2006
    Reacher novels are great. I alternate between lee child and Vince Flynn.

  3. Glock26girl

    Glock26girl G26, G19

    Mar 5, 2009
    I've read all of them and hope that they find someone who fits the Reacher description to play him in the movies. I personally, would be very disappointed with Tom Cruise playing him. Though I like Tom Cruise a lot in other roles.
  4. NorseHammer


    Mar 29, 2007
    Just read this and am shocked. Tom Cruise to play the part? C'mon. By the way, I just read a short story available from Amazon (I got it on my Kindle) with Barry Eisler's, Lee Child's, and another author's characters receive sex therapy (wanted or not). Great little short stories, and a hoot to read. Can't recall the author or the name at the moment but search on Amazon and you'll find it. Neat backstory on how the author (who has her own series) thought up the idea and presented it to Eisler, Child and the other.

  5. TKM

    TKM Shiny Member Lifetime Member

    Lee Child clearly had no other choice. Herve Villachaize having passed on and all.:whistling:
  6. Undersiege1


    Feb 10, 2012
    I like Lee Child. Also Vince Fynn and Brad Thor.
  7. Nanuk


    Sep 13, 2009
    At home
    Read em all, Reacher is da man.....

    Tom Selleck would be a better choice, size and attitude he has.
  8. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    I love the books, as well as the other authors mentioned.

    I too was shocked to learn that they got a crazy ****** bag midget to play Reacher.
    Much like I was shocked and pissed off that they got marky mark to play Bob the Nailor.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  9. NorseHammer


    Mar 29, 2007
    Jason D, I am definitely agreed on your remark about Marky Mark playing Bob the Nailer. Not exactly who I had in mind either.

    That's the problem, isn't it? Read the books and get a picture in your mind what the character looks like, regardless of whether it may be different from what someone else thinks. Watch the movie and it rarely, if ever, does the book justice.

  10. GKC1


    May 23, 2010
    It's one thing if the character is not really described in the book...but Jack Reacher is very well described in each novel, and he is a very large man. Tom Cruise is not. I don't see how he can play a character whose physical attributes are such a part of the story.

    Of course, with Hollywood, anything is possible. Look at Michael Clark Duncan in "The Green Mile" for example. Yes, he is very well built, but he is not as humongous as he appears in the Mile...he was probably standing on a box for the entire filming.

    I just think that Cruise will detract from the movie, at least for me. Surely there were other actors who could have been a better physical match.
  11. Fastbear


    Dec 21, 2007
    The Rock has the build for Jack Reacher. Lee Child writes novels you have difficulty putting down at night.
  12. Jack23

    Jack23 I. B. Glockin'

    Feb 10, 2005
    Deer Park, Texas
    Well I never got so excited and then turned around and got so disappointed so quickly in my life. I have read every word Lee Child has ever published, Every book he has ever written would be a great movie.

    When I read the OP where one of them was going to be a movie I nearly went out to the back yard and did back-flips. And then to learn that Tom Cruise is in the lead roll?!?! That doesn't offer a lot of hope for the quality of the movie. They went for the big name/big box office instead of trying to find an actor that could make Jack Reacher come to life. Tom Cruise is nothing but smile and a haircut! In all his action flicks he is totally mechanical with no human qualities what-so-ever. Not only because of the physical differences but just as much because he could never capture the essence of Jack Reacher. I couldn't think of a worse choice. In all his action stuff a robot would do just as well as a live actor.

    There may not be anyone around that is 6'5" and weighs 250 but there MUST be better actors for cryin' out loud. Too bad Clint Eastwood is so long in the tooth. He could bring that hard edge and inner toughness to the part just fine. I see Tom Cruise I think of a spoiled brat that never worked a day in his life. Soft through and through and was totally devoid of any discernable amount of these or other traits to demonstrate toughness.

    Oh, I'll see the movie. I think of another movie where the character from the book was a big man and played in the movie by a small man and totally captured every quality needed to steel not only the part and make it his own but he stole the movie as well. Yep I'm talkin' about Robert Duvall as Augustus McRay in Lonesome Dove. So maybe there is one chance in a thousand that Cruise can pull this off but I'll have to see it to believe it.

    I gotta go lie down. Sigh..................
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2012
  13. TKM

    TKM Shiny Member Lifetime Member

    Dredging this one back to the surface with an idea.

    Trace Adkins?

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  14. SC Tiger

    SC Tiger EL GATO!

    Aug 27, 2011
    South Carolina
    Or Toby Keith (though he might be kind of hard to take seriously after "Beer for my Horses")

    Or there's always Ahnuld.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2012