The film is not without its controversies. Cruise doesn’t physically match the hulking Reacher described in Child’s books, which has irked some fans, but the actor addressed the issue head-on when footage of the film previewed at CinemaCon in April. It helped to have the author’s blessing.
“For those of you who know the books, I’m obviously not 6-foot-5, like Jack Reacher,” the 5-foot-7 actor said in a videotaped intro. “But Lee felt that I was the right guy to drive fast cars and kick the s–t out of people onscreen.”
Cruise may not match the literary Reacher’s weight-class, but he definitely has the attitude down.