Tom Cruise is NOT Jack Reacher!

Posted on 24th June 2011 in jack reacher

Like almost everyone on the planet, I was shocked to hear that Tom Cruise had been cast to play Jack Reacher in the film adaptation of Lee Child’s novels.

A few pertinent details (with stats taken from Lee Child’s official site) in case you are unaware of Jack Reacher:

Name: Jack Reacher (no middle name)
Born: October 29th
Measurements: 6’5″, 220-250 lbs., 50″ chest
Hair: Dirty-blond
Eyes: Ice blue
Clothing: 3XLT coat, 95 cm. pants’ inseam

Reacher left home at 18, graduated from West Point. Performed 13 years of Army service, demoted from Major to Captain in 1990, mustered out with the rank of Major in 1997.

Tagline: Women Want Him, Men Want To Be Him

So that’s 6 foot 5 inches then….rugged, manly, dirty blond, 50″ chest….. And the first person who comes to mind is Tom Cruise?

A few better suggestions, in my humble opinion:

And, as so rightly suggested by @Newmanfilms

Any more suggestions?


  • Reply @FayC 24th June 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I love Daniel Craig! If I still had a uterus I’d have his babies. Imagine what their eyes would look like. If you hadn’t guessed he gets my vote!

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 24th June 2011 at 7:48 pm

      Lol, don’t beat around the bush….. you should just come right out and say what you think 😉

  • Reply Paula Dallison 24th June 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Gerard Butler would work for me!

  • Reply TheBoyandMe 24th June 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Don’t know the character but going off your description I’d say it has to be Jackman or Damon. Certainly not Tom Cruise!

  • Reply Kathleen 24th June 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Hugh. Hugh! Hugh!! Hugh!!!! HUGH!!!!!!!

  • Reply Beadzoid 25th June 2011 at 6:54 am

    I don’t know the character either but I think Tom is going to need a few more layers adding to his ‘special’ shoes.

  • Reply pat carter 25th June 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Liam Neilson would be a perfect Reacher. Tom Cruise would be ridiculous in the role. What a very stupid idea. Reacher is a giant. Pat.

  • Reply newman 27th June 2011 at 8:57 am

    well said sassy one.

  • Reply Anchica 1st July 2011 at 7:43 pm

    mark valley

  • Reply vernfitz 14th July 2011 at 12:13 am

    Check facebook. “Ray Stevenson to play Jack Reacher” and “Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher”. Also google “Ray Stevenson is Jack Reacher” and lets see if we can screw with google trends.

  • Reply Carl 22nd July 2011 at 2:17 am

    Dwayne Johnson. He is 6’5″ tall, and huge.

  • Reply SandyBeach 28th August 2011 at 12:36 am

    Ray Stevenson IS Jack Reacher. Check out the Facebook Page –

  • Reply Diane Breach 30th June 2012 at 4:33 pm

    What a shame!!! I’ve become a recent fan of Jack Reacher (just like Bill Clinton), and the idea of someone a good foot shorter with the wrong coloring playing this character is offensive. Half of Reacher’s persona is his height and his weight. He lets everyone know he’ HUGE. Cruise is not.

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 30th June 2012 at 6:55 pm

      I know, it’s a bonkers decision.

    • Reply Mickey 1st July 2012 at 6:01 pm

      His size is indeed integral to his persona. This is like casting Liam Neeson to play Napoleon Bonaparte. His small size affected who he was (they didn’t coin the phrase “Napoleon Complex” for nothing) just as Reacher’s huge size affects who he is.

  • Reply Mickey 1st July 2012 at 6:44 am

    People have been suggesting many other actors who would’ve been way better suited to the role. To name a few I remember that haven’t yet be named here: Adam Baldwin, Alex Skarsgard, David Morse, Chris Hemsworth, Jason Statham, Eric Bana, Clive Owen, Jim Caviezel.

  • Reply Mickey 1st July 2012 at 7:23 am

    Kevin Durand, Tahmoh Penikett, Sean Bean, Richard Armitage, Jared Padalecki, Joe Manganiello.
    I haven’t seen anyone mention Vince Vaughn yet, I guess because he’s more known for comedies, but in Domestic Disturbance he proved he could play a badass in a dramatic role. And his build would be perfect: he’s 6″5′ and huge. All you’d have to do is die his hair dirty blonde.

  • Reply Pat 22nd August 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Jim Caviezel would be great! ANYONE but Cruise! Wow, Padalecki is a good one too. Also Hugh Jackman!

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