Friday, October 09, 2015

Friday Fun - Barb Talks Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher

Pink Heart Society columnist Barb Han is talking about how an injury made her reassess her pace of life...

Presently, I’m reading The Killing Floor by Lee Child, which (if you don’t already know) is the first Jack Reacher book (his 20th came out last month!). I don’t know why I’m so late to the game except to say that my reading list has been full—very full—bulging, in fact, for the past two decades. And, so, it’s taken me awhile to get to Reacher. And, oh-la-la, he is worth the wait!

Reacher is a former United States Army MP Major. He finds himself out of a job at age 36, and out of place in a country he’d sworn to protect but hasn’t really ever lived in (his father was military, so the family moved around a lot growing up!). He has no real home. Instead, he roams the U.S., finding himself in the center of deadly situations. 

He travels the U.S. alone.

Did someone say "Loner"? I can already feel my knees getting weak. Oh, and what about the fact that he can snap a bad guy’s neck at least 6 ways in less than thirty seconds? *swoon* 

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This man, Duncan Munro, won Random House’s international competition to find a Jack Reacher look-a-like. He definitely does the character justice. And, heck, I wouldn’t mind helping him wrestle his demons…

But I digress.

In 2012, Reacher was played by one of my personal favorites, Tom Cruise, in a major motion film (by Paramount) based on the book, One Shot. There was a lot of controversy surrounding Cruise playing Reacher. After all, Reacher is 6’5” and comes in at 230 lbs of muscle and ex-military manliness. Cruise is 5’7” and older than the character by more than a decade. 

But, come on, it was Tom-Freakin’-Cruise. I mean, look at him…

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His star power alone brings his height to at least 6’4”. It doesn’t hurt that he nailed the part. And this is one man who seriously gets better with age. 

What about you? Tell me about a fictional character brought to life on the big screen that you loved, or didn’t.

Barb's latest book, Texas Prey, is out now:

The hunted becomes the hunter as the past threatens a small Texas town once again… 

Rancher Brody Fields stops cold when he receives a plea for help from Rebecca Hughes. The onetime love of his life, who was abducted along with her brother fifteen years ago, now believes the kidnapper has returned to tie up loose ends. Rebecca needs Brody's help bringing the kidnapper—or killer—to justice. 

For Brody, the job is risky, but the real danger is their unexpected Texas-sized attraction. As they uncover answers to difficult—and deadly—questions, Brody has a question of his own: Can he trust the woman who once shattered his heart?

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  1. Ross Poldark - always, always. And of course Mr Rochester.

    1. Well, now you've just added another book to my reading list, Avril! :-) Can't wait to learn more about Ross Poldark! I googled him and this looks right up my alley.

  2. I'm going with The Martian and Matt Damon - must see!

  3. Tom Cruise is great as Nathan Hunt and other action hero's. But not Reacher. Mr. Child goes into great detail explaining the physical dementions of the former 110 MP Commanding Officer. His size is crucial to the roll. Cruise executes dialogue with perfection--no doubt-- but his size is a glaring contradiction. Who we need is another John Wayne.