Christopher McQuarrie talks Jack Reacher

News Glen Chapman 27 Jun 2012 - 07:02

In a recent interview McQuarrie talked of the adaptation of the popular novel and the controversy around the casting of the lead.

The adaptation of Lee Child’s One Shot is set for release at the end of the year and has been re-titled Jack Reacher to focus firmly on the hero of the series of novels. Scripted and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, writer of The Usual Suspects, it boasts one hell of a cast.

In a recent interview McQuarrie spoke about the film and had the following to say: "One Shot is the one movie where the story begins before Reacher enters. He's essentially vanished and lives off the grid. He has a toothbrush and a passport and a fistful of cash, and that's it. How that choice of lifestyle affects the plot of One Shot was probably the determination of why this was the best book to introduce the character."

McQuarrie also commented on the casting of Tom Cruise in the lead role, a move that has been seen as controversial to fans of the source as Cruise’s build isn’t quite that of the hero. "That's to confuse character with characteristics", he argued. "What drew me to Reacher was what I love about him, and that's his mind. Tom is extremely personable and completely unstoppable. That really is, to me, Jack Reacher."

Child’s said that finding a perfect fit for the role would be impossible and gave the casting of Tom Cruise his blessing in an interview last year. I guess we’ll have to wait until the release of the film to see if the star does enough to win over fans of the series.

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When it comes to "character over characteristics", one of the major defining things about Reacher is his size and build! Whilst finding a perfect fit might be a challenge, there are far better fits out there than Tom Cruise. I've no doubt that the movie will be successful with Cruise in the role, and I'll go and see it myself and probably enjoy it, but he'll never be Jack Reacher as he is in the books.

No offence to any Reacher fans, but I really wish McQuarrie would come out with another original screenplay. His writing on the Usual Suspects was brillant. He is a good enough writer that he doesn't need to make adaptions.

His size and build are his characteristics. His character is an honourable man who won't let people be stomped on by bad guys.
While I think Cruise will look wrong, if he can stare down people in positions of authority he doesn't agree with, smoulder at women and be efficient and violent when it's needed, he can at least act like Reacher.

Liam Neeson would be my choice...but I'm willing to give Mr Cruise a chance cause I'm nice like that

Ok, you're going to struggle to find a good actor with the physical size of Jack Reacher but Tom Cruise? Even in personality it doesn't seem to fit, no film so far has he been able to stare down the opposition or just be a brick wall to their attitudes. I don't think Tom Cruise can pull it off, you'd be taken more seriously with Colin Farrell tbh.

Ah well, hopefully the film will capture the spirit of the books, but I'm dubious

Nonsense... so in Snow White and the 7 Dwarves, you should be able to have one of the dwarves played by Dolph Lundgren ...since being a dwarf is just a characteristic.

And why call the movie " Jack Reacher "? ...
Is there a single James Bond film called.. James Bond??

I can't believe this one! This is beyond ridiculous. They can't find someone even close to Reacher's size?! Isn't Cruise a little old too? This might be a Redbox rental for me.

Size is the least of our problems. I've seen a couple of on-set pics where Cruise-as-Reacher is shown wearing a lumberjack shirt tucked into his pants. Dweeb alert!

i'm with you, mr jellyfish. i've read all of lee child's books and - at first - had trouble with the idea of tom playing jack. but the guy can do intense and the guy can act and he has surprised me many times - and i'm not a tom cruise fan. i think he'll do a great job and i'm starting to really look forward to this. besides, if lee childs says it's cool, it's cool for me too.

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