Tom Cruise Playing Hulking, 6'5" Ex-Army Cop

June 14, 2011

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Tom Cruise, whose reputation for being diminutive is bested only by his reputation for being a Scientologist maniac holding a former Dawson's Creek actor hostage within a terrifying marriage, is in talks to play a 6'5", 250 pound brute in One Shot. The film will be an adaptation of the novel of the same name, the ninth book in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, which follows a huge, no-nonsense, loner ex-army cop on his various adventures shooting guys and stuff; in the case of One Shot, Reacher is investigating a sniper accused of killing five people with his sniper power.

As for Cruise being a little weirdo instead of the intimating presence described in the novel, apparently that doesn't bother the author. Child threw his support behind Paramount's decision to use a small actor instead of a wrestler or something, saying:

"Reacher's size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way."

So, whereas the book utilized raw size as a metaphor for unstoppable force, I guess the film will represent the same thing with a charismatic grin that hides a deeper sadness? I hope that reads.

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