Tom Cruise Talks Playing Jack Reacher in the Adaptation of 'One Shot'
While the more recent news of director Werner Herzog taking the villain role in Christopher McQuarrie's adaptation of Lee Child's novel One Shot was quite a mind-blowing piece of casting, there are some fans of the novel's recurring character Jack Reacher who are still more shocked that Tom Cruise is playing the character described as being 6'5" and weighing in at 250 pounds. Of course, it's hard to argue with the approval of Cruise's casting from the author himself, and the international superstar of an actor recently spoke with Empire and said that was a big determining factor in whether or not he would take the role.
For those just joining us, this story follows Reacher as he investigates a case in which a lone sniper murders five victims before being captured. But Reacher soon learns the apprehension of the alleged sniper isn't the end, and this case won't be closed that easily. With Cruise used to doing plenty of action in films like Minority Report and the Mission: Impossible franchise, it doesn't sound completely outside of his wheelhouse, but he knows fans are skeptical of his casting as the popular character from Child's novels. While filming in Pittsburgh, this is was Cruise had to say about playing Jack Reacher:
"Firstly, I'm very sensitive to it. This is Lee's book and Lee's character. Him giving me his blessing is what made me do it. If he hadn't then I wouldn't have done it. Lee told me that the reason he wrote him that size (6' 5") is because that was just one element to his character, and that opened the door to me playing him. Reacher is such a great character. He doesn't have a cell phone, he doesn't have email. He's off the grid. He pays for things in cash. People look at things through the prism of the colours of their life, but Jack Reacher does things the way we want to sometimes. In that sense he's sort of a Dirty Harry, a James Bond, a Josey Wales."
Of course, this isn't the first time Cruise has faced adversity in casting for an adaptation like this. Fans of the Anne Rice novel Interview with a Vampire were none too pleased with Cruise's casting in that film, but his performance mostly laid those concerns to rest. And with a cast that includes Herzog as the villain, Rosamund Pike as the female lead, Robert Duvall and David Oyelowo, it certainly sounds like a promising adaptation that could please even the most skeptical fans. We'll all get the chance to find out on February 8th, 2013 when the film hits theaters. Anyone still skeptical of Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher?