Jack Reacher is back on TV tonight. The movie starring Tom Cruise, that is, not the acclaimed new Amazon Prime series. Size may not be everything, but… Although the actor is just over 5’7″, he has established himself as a major action hero in movies like Top Gun or Edge of Tomorrow and the Mission: Impossible franchise . However, there was a great outcry when he was cast as Jack Reacher, a role he played in two moderately successful films. These days, movies, theater, and TV shows are awash with color, genre, and age-blind casting, but there’s a very good reason there was so much outcry over “Tiny Tom’s” performance.
It’s undeniable that Cruise has a powerful screen presence, but Reacher is portrayed in the books as a massive, massive 6’5 towering presence who physically intimidates everyone he meets. He is absolutely integral to his personality and his whole story.
Fans of the books were outraged when the diminutive star took on the role in the 2012 film and a sequel four years later. By contrast, in the Amazon Prime reboot, Alan Ritchson clocks in at an impressive 6’2. He also has a muscular physique which he has brought to every role in his career thus far, most recently as the damaged superhero Hawk in the DC comic book series Titans (available in the UK on Netflix).
Child opened up about the clear differences between the two stars and addressed the fury of fans in an interview with Metro.
Child acknowledged that the superstar’s screen presence in the films had pleased fans who hadn’t read the books, who “were a little bit sold on by Cruise.”
He wanted the new show to please everyone: “We’re also targeting non-book readers. What do they need? They just need great entertainment, they don’t have the reference yet, so we had to satisfy them as well.” .”
Ritchson made his screen debut in 2005 as Aquaman on the television show Smallville and also played Raphael in the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles films and the villainous tribute Gloss in The Hunger Games; On fire.
The 40-year-old sent a direct message to Cruise when he put himself in the megastar’s shoes.
Ritchson said: “If I ever got lucky enough to get a stamp of approval from him, I could die happy. I’d probably quit while I was ahead. I think one season is enough if I hear that from him. He’s a legend, I should be very lucky. I care a lot about what he and the rest of the people who have been a part of this for a long time think. I want to do it right.”
The first series was based on Jack Reacher’s original 1997 novel Killing Floor and was a spectacular success, the first Amazon show to top the US ratings charts, with plans to tackle its subsequent adventures in chronological order. In addition to bringing material from the associated short stories, the confirmed second series will be based on the eleventh book, Bad Luck and Trouble.
JACK REACHER (2012 FILM) IS ON CHANNEL 4 AT 9PM TONIGHT
JACK REACHER 92022 AMAZON PRIME TV SHOW) IS AVAILABLE TO VIEW ON AMAZON PRIME
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