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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out
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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out | Tom Cruise IS Jack Reacher
Tom Cruise IS Jack Reacher

The film: Jack Reacher (2012)

The actor: Global mega-star for nearly 3 decades. Intensely charismatic daredevil.
The character: Tough-ass drifter. Strong, silent type.

Given that Jack Reacher is described as being 6’5”, 220-250lbs and 50” around the chest, you can understand why Hollywood might struggle to cast him. Those are about the dimensions of The Rock, dwarfing even the likes of Jackman, Schreiber and Tatum – and Reacher’s also only in his 30s when the story starts. But when the filmmakers decided to focus on character instead and went for Cruise, the internet went crazy. Typical comments included, “What an unbelievable joke. That shrimp Tom Cruise can NO WAY play Reacher. I won't pay to see this garbage.” “Is this a sick joke?? How on earth can they cast a midget to play a 6' 5" hero? What craziness is going on here? Lee Child should have said I want an unknown.”

The fans preferred: Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, Liam Neeson, Aaron Eckhart, Pee Wee Herman (that last one might not have been serious).

The result: It didn’t quite take off either for fans or the general public. Cruise got moderately good notices in general, but didn't blow anyone away.

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