Tom Cruise has defended his latest movie role – that of Jack Reacher – after some fans were critical as the character in the books is nearly two metres tall and Cruise is considerably shorter.
British thriller writer Lee Child created the character in the original books.
Cruise said at the premiere in London he wouldn’t have taken the role if Child had been unhappy: “He created the character, I had my own opinion that I didn’t say to Lee and then he came back and pretty much reflected what I had felt about it.
“But had he said ‘look I’d rather not’, I would not have played the character. And I think that is a characteristic for me, not character, and that’s kind of how I approached it.”
The film also stars Rosamund Pike as Helen Rodin, who fell pregnant during production.
She said Jack Reacher could be the next Mission Impossible: “Oh we hope this is going to be a great big new franchise for Tom and for Paramount and so to be in the first one is always kind of cool. I think the combination of Lee Child’s characters and Chris McQuarrie’s writing was just such a sexy combination. You know it’s witty, it’s fast-moving, the plot is really….it’s puzzling and incisive and quite dark in places.”
Veteran actor Robert Duvall last worked with Cruise on Days of Thunder.
He said: “He’s stayed pretty much the same…yes, just different guy but the same energy, same insight, same warmth, yeah.”
Directed by Chris McQuarrie, who also wrote the screenplay, the film is based on “One Shot”. It is one of the series of best-selling novels by Child about the eponymous former soldier-turned-drifter who travels the United States dealing out his own brand of justice
Jack Reacher goes on general release in the United States later this month.