Tom Cruise has defended his role as Jack Reacher in the
first of what could be a new action movie franchise, despite
being much slimmer and shorter than the character created by
author Lee Child in the original books.
Cruise told Reuters Television at the world premiere in
London of Jack Reacher that he would not have taken
the part if British thriller writer Child had been unhappy.
Child's version of Reacher - a military sniper - is 6 foot 5
inches (almost 2m) tall and weighs over 200 pounds (91
kilograms). Cruise (50) is just 5 foot 7 inches (1. 7 meters)
tall according to the Internet Movie Database, and has a trim
"You know, he (Child) 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," Cruise said.
Cruise described Reacher's size as a "characteristic" rather
than a "character."
Jack Reacher, to be released later this month, is
based on One Shot - 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.
British actress Rosamund Pike, who plays the female lead,
said she hoped there will be many more Reacher movies.
"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 ... It's witty, it's fast-moving, the plot is
... puzzling and incisive and quite dark in places.
"You know, the humour and the violence in this film is pretty
edgy and I like that about it," Pike said.
Cruise was also a producer on the Paramount Pictures movie,
which is due for release in the United States on December 21.