Friday, July 20, 2012

Jack Reacher: This one is a REAL reach.

Size matters. If anyone tells you otherwise, they are just trying not to hurt your feelings. And your size doesn't measure up.

Let's talk about Jack Reacher. This super-human character from author Lee Child has some very specific physical characteristics:
  • 6' 5" tall
  • 50-inch chest
  • weighing between 210 and 250 pounds
  • muscular physique
  • exceptionally strong
  • ice blue eyes
  • sandy blond hair

Who does this bring to mind?

I'm thinking Chris Hemsworth. Thor! Yeah!
David Beckham. Sexy but hard-edged! Yeah!
Michael Dudikoff. American Ninja! Yeah!
Jason Statham. The Transporter! Yeah!

These are just a few. You know who does NOT come to mind?

Tom Cruise.

Remember Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire" movie? She personally asked Julian Sands to be the vampire Lestat. Do you remember who received the role?

Tom Cruise.

This is what Anne Rice had to say about that: Cruise was "no more my vampire Lestat than Edward G. Robinson is Rhett Butler" and the casting was "so bizarre; it's almost impossible to imagine how it's going to work". She later recanted, I am assuming because the director and producer of the film went ballistic at her lack of support. I can't imagine that she ever really liked Cruise in that role.

Jack Reacher? I think not.

Tom: Size DOES matter, my man. And you do NOT measure up.

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