‘Jack Reacher’ author praises Tom Cruise recasting


For Lee Childs, the brand new “Jack Reacher” actor is, nicely, much less of a attain.

The 63-year-old author of the “Jack Reacher” collection has made his emotions identified concerning the recasting of the primary character within the new Amazon Prime Video collection, based mostly on his books.

Childs, is joyful that the TV present selected a unique actor to play Reacher after Tom Cruise performed him in two movies.

Fans had been involved over Cruise’s peak, as Reacher is described in a single e-book as “extremely tall, extremely broad, long-armed and long-legged” with “hands the size of dinner plates.”

Alan Ritchson — who is 6’3″ — stars within the new collection because the titular character, whereas Cruise, 59, stands at 5’7″.

Childs is an government producer on the project and spoke to Metro about his ideas on the recasting.

“There was criticism from the book fans because they had built up a very clear image of what Reacher should look like,” Childs mentioned.

“It just became a different proposition and I guess the opportunity of thinking ‘alright, we can get a much bigger guy so the book fans are going to be happy,’” the author continued. “But we’re also focusing on the non-book readers. What do they need? They need just great entertainment, they don’t have the reference already and so we also had to satisfy them.”

Alan Ritchson is taking up the function of Jack Reacher from Tom Cruise for the brand new Amazon Prime collection, “Reacher” and beforehand mentioned with The Post how his bodily look was essential for the function of Jack Reacher.
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Childs added that he understood what viewers wished, nonetheless, he’s a fan of Cruise’s work. “I think that the size thing is important to certain parts of the narrative,” he mentioned. “Reacher has got to scare people, and you can do that so much easier with one glance of this huge animal rather than a normal-sized actor.”

Ritchson, 39, lately spoke with The Post about his new function and the way his measurement was an enormous asset. “I put on 30 pounds for the role. I feel really good. This is my natural size, and it just feels nice to be able to be me,” he defined.

“Of course there’s the physicality. We’re both about the same size. That gives you a certain kind of confidence when you walk around and I think we share that,” the “Smallville” alum continued. 

The motion star appeared in 2012’s “Jack Reacher” and its 2016 sequel, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.”

Ritchson additionally famous that he didn’t watch Cruise’s iteration of movies.

“I love Tom Cruise. I’ve seen all his other movies. He’s an icon, a living legend. There’s nobody like him,” he added. “But this was one [project] where I would take on some of his mannerism [if I had watched it]. So, whatever he’s doing, I wanted to leave that for him. I wanted to take a stab at making Reacher my own.”

He concluded, “That’s out of respect for the fans that love the books and want to see an authentic Reacher, and this was my shot.” 

“Reacher” is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.