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Thread: Jack Reacher

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    Super Member MaggieLou's Avatar
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    I can't see TC as Reacher either. I've read all the books and he just doesn't cut it as Reacher. Although all the reviews say he does a great job. I'm reserving judgement until I see the movie. I can picture my DH better as Reacher. He is 6'5" and about 270 lbs. He's also former law enforcement. He's my Jack Reacher.

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    Since it opened to a very low gross - beat out by the Hobbit - I don't think many Lee Child fans want to see a pretty mini-Jack. There are a lot of 6'5" actors: Vince Vaughn, John Corbett (Northern Exposure), Neil Flynn (Scrubs), Joe Manganiello (Spiderman), Peter Hermann (L&O SVU) even speaks 4 languages.

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    I was appalled when they announced Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. We have discussed for years who would be good in the part, since we have read all of the books. I thought Tom Selleck or Liam Neeson. I told my husband I didn't want to go because it just wouldn't be "Jack Reacher". He really wanted to go, so we went with the idea in mind that it wouldn't be the same Jack Reacher that we have read about for years. I have to tell you--we both loved it. No, he didn't fit the attributes that are described in the books, but it was a good action movie. Go see it.

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    I haven'tread the books but do like Tom Cruise so I will probably go see the movie. I read an interview with Lee Child who said TC was not his first choice but after he saw the movie, he did approve of him. So often the video depiction of books really changes them; for instance, Temperance Brennan, aka "Bones" is nothing like her counterpart in the books by Kathy Reichs. I think that was what was so amazing about the Harry Potter movies; the characters really looked liked the descriptions in the books and I loved that they stayed the course for all of the movies!

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    Don't think Tom is a good fit either -- smiled when I saw the comment about his height. You know, I don't think that there are that many really tall actors, especially ones that would fit this role.

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    I also love the Jack Reacher books-I always like a book better than a movie anyway-so much more detail. I cannot see Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher. Another one I was disappointed in was "My Sister's Keeper". I love the books by Jodi Picoult, but I have not seen the movie, because someone told me how they had changed the ending of the movie so much from the book-made it TOTALLY different. All of her books have a "twist" at the end, and changing the ending just spoiled any thoughts I had of seeing the movie. I am a voracious reader, and I love the authors Lee Child, James Patterson, Jodi Picoult, John Sanford, Linda Fairstein, Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritson, among many others.

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    Morgan Freeman was the actor who played the original Alex Cross I love all the Lee Child novels and was also very disappointed in TC as the choice for Jack Reacher. Reacher's height and bulk are mentioned in everyone of the books and are integral to the story. It is what sets Reacher apart...and makes him noticeable i.e. gets him involved. TC at 5'6" is a shrimp in comparison LOL
    As for "My sister's keeper", the movie was okay but the book is ten times better. And yes, they change the ending in the movie so book and movie do not end the same. Hated that!!

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    I had the same experience with Dirk Pitt and actually none of the characters in Sahara fit my image of their bigger than life book counterparts.
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    I hardly ever think that the actor/actress fit the books...and I agree the Rock would be an awesome JR.

    TC is not someone I like to watch---I think he has pyschological issues.
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    I'm a huge Lee Child fan - have read all of his books. Was also not impressed with the choice of Tom Cruise as Reacher as he sure didn't fit the vision that had been painted in my head. I *will* be going to see the movie, so I can see this story from a film-maker's perspective.

    Moving between the two experiences (film vs book) is always a huge challenge - there is so much that the written word can do that is just pretty much impossible to convey on screen.

    I had also read Lee Child's article in Time (also published in 'Word and Film' - http://www.wordandfilm.com/2012/12/l...ing-the-baton/ ). If the author sees his character coming to life on the screen with this cast, I'll give it a chance

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    I think my son-in-law would have made a great Jack Reacher. He is 6'7" and weighs 250 lbs. and is a served in the Marine Corps. He would have been willing to do the part, too.

    We will skip this film. Saw the "Hobbit" and it was excellent.

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    Saw the film and was very disappointed - T.C. is NOT Jack Reacher. The acting in the film was very poor!

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