Tom Cruise, who has never really failed to deliver in an action movie before, is facing doubt from fans over his latest role.
Despite the fact that the Mission: Impossible actor was hand picked by author Lee Child to play the character Jack Reacher in the big screen adaptation of One Shot, people are criticizing Cruise because he's too short!
The novels describe Reacher as an intimidating man standing at 6 feet and 5 inches tall. Tom Cruise, on the other hand, stands at about 5 feet and 7 inches.
So how is Tom taking the short jokes?
"Firstly, I'm very sensitive to it," the mega star shared in a recent interview. He explained that Child gave him his blessing after watching an audition, continuing:
"This is Lee's book and Lee's character. Him giving me his blessing is what made me do it. If he hadn't then I wouldn't have done it."
Cruise is also a firm believer that size doesn't matter, saying:
"Lee told me that the reason he wrote him that size (6' 5") is because that was just one element to his character, and that opened the door to me playing him."
Any fans disappointed in Cruise's casting as Jack Reacher aren't spoiling any of Cruise's enthusiasm for being cast, however. The actor seems pretty darn excited to bring the literary character to the screen, adding:
"Reacher is such a great character. He doesn't have a cell phone, he doesn't have email. He's off the grid. He pays for things in cash. People look at things through the prism of the colours of their life, but Jack Reacher does things the way we want to sometimes. In that sense he's sort of a Dirty Harry, a James Bond, a Josey Wales."
In Tom's defense, this type of outrage happens all the time. Batman fans weren't exactly thrilled when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker either. Tragedy aside, his performance surpassed ANYBODY'S expectations!
In the disgruntled fan's defense — yes, Tom is short! LOLz!
Fans can complain on the internet all they want (feel free to do so below), but we see this as an opportunity to win over the public by proving them all wrong. Or further ruining his public image (thanks mostly to all of his Scientology scandal). Either way, we're looking forward to seeing what he brings to the screen!
Do U think Tom Cruise was a poor choice to play Jack Reacher or do you think he'll be able to pull the character off?
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