In sixteen novels I have come to regard Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher as my heroic alter ego.
Reacher is described as 6′ 5″ tall with a 50″ chest, weighing in at 220-250lbs and with dirty blonde hair. His size is a significant part of his character and affects how he feels about himself and how he is seen by others. I’ve often thought a movie would be great and always wondered who the heck they’d get to play him. I was a bit miffed when they announced that the first film would be One Shot, which is actually the ninth book and by no means the best. Still, I reasoned, they had to start somewhere and there’s enough of a debate as to whether or not you should read the books in order that it didn’t really matter.
So the question was who would play Reacher? I realise 6′ 5″ is a big ask, but you could at least go tall.
I always thought Christopher Meloni, Elliot Stabler in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, would be quite good. He’s got height, at 6′ 0″ and a good jaw for it. Similarly, Canadian Ryan Reynolds, at 6′ 2″, would make a passable Reacher.
So who did they choose?
Tom Cruise. All 5′ 7″ of him.
One Shot is out on 26th December in the UK. I will never think of Jack Reacher the same way.