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"I Am Not A Hero!" See Tom Cruise Face Off With Werner Herzog In The New JACK REACHER Trailer!

Nordling here.

I'm a big fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher books, and I'm still not sure whether Tom Cruise can really make the character work.  This trailer doesn't convince me either - Jack Reacher doesn't bluster, doesn't make idle threats, and he's not a braggart.  To his credit, Cruise isn't playing any of those things, judging by the trailer.  There's just something about him as an actor that doesn't mesh with what I've always pictured Reacher to be like.  Reacher's simply a bad ass that never feels the need to talk about it - he just does it.   

There's a moment in the trailer that is pure Reacher - over the phone, Reacher tells some hostage takers just what they can do with their hostage - but Cruise is missing the matter-of-fact tone of the character in the book.  I don't know, but the idea of Werner Herzog as the villain makes it all a lot easier to take.  If at some point Herzog gets shot at and says, "This is not a significant bullet," I'll stand up and cheer.  Plus Christopher McQuarrie is the writer and director, which means that if it's half as gritty as THE WAY OF THE GUN this will be suitably kickass.  Here's the trailer, courtesy of Yahoo:

JACK REACHER opens this Boxing Day.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Oct. 17, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST


    by mav07

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    I loved Werner's guest shot on "The Simpsons"

    by Danny Boil

    That guy definitely needs to do more acting. I don't know these books at all, but I'm willing to give this a shot.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Shot, shot, shot, shot.

    by Danny Boil


  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    So is this a sequel to that one with Cameron Diaz?


    I'm not a Tom Cruise hater but he plays every character exactly the same.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Nothing about this is Reacher

    by Joe Jones

    Nothing. Reacher is a 6'6", blonde, hulking killer and genius investogator who barely speaks and doesn't even drive a car. He uses words sparingly, like bullets. The tone of this drivel has zero to do with the series. I don't understand how you fuck this up so completely. Box office will reflect, boys. This will be one of the year's great flops. Why? They alienated pretty much the entire fanbase of the books. Reading the comment whenever the FB page updates is hilarious.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST


    by sadclown

    'cuz we don't need another hero. ♪"thunderdome"♫

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    boring midget

    by ShutTheFuckUp


  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    PG-13? Bummer

    by Fritzlorrerains

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Female Character = Kidnapping Victim

    by MattDomville

    For now and forevermore. Jesus, Hollywood.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Should be called..."Tom Reaching"

    by BNITT

    ...its a sad stretch for Tom Cruise to play a brawny badass. I dont buy it.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    This is a movie style Reacher...

    by Codename V

    The real Reacher in the books wouldn't be translated well to the screen. No book can be translated well enough to satisfy fans. Lord of the Rings even left stuff out... Too many nuances and background narrative. In every Reacher novel, "Reacher said nothing" occurs like 20-30 times. Seriously? How many silences can you have on screen? I get that it doesn't look like Reacher is supposed to, but Child himself has given his blessing to Cruise. Give it a chance. And if I hear one more Dolph Lundgren suggestion I think I'll hurl. He matches physically but can't act his way out of a box. Give it a chance. There's a lot of cool scenes in this that may work. And that may not be his car... Just sayin. Could be the soldier boy he says didn't do it...

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Now that Herzog is in this, I am IN.

    by paper

    That is all.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    I thought we were in America? DID WE LOSE A FUCKING WAR?!

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    Nice handle. Let me tell you something. CBM's are here to stay. At least for the foreseeable. If you don't like it you can always ignore them. But if CBM's DO fail and the rest of the decade plays out like everyone thinks it will you'll end up praying for something like Jack Reacher. Count on it.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST


    by NorthTronic

  • The movie looks half decent but if this is supposed to be a bad ass gritty character will it be R rated? Or just another PG13 pretending to be one? I hope it's R because the number of R Rated Movies that have been ruined by brown nosing talentless suits, just looking for an opening weekend over a movies integrity in the last decade are ten a penny. That being said it still looks like Cruise playing Cruise and he's out cruising for a reach around. Never read the books so I can't get too wound up about Cruise playing Cruise.......again.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    @no_more_comic_movies ref driving

    by GordyDuffNI

    Reacher may not have a driving licence but he drives pretty much in every book including One Shot which this is based on..... Everything else you refer to I strongly agree with...

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    I'm going to the movie just to see Alexander Rhodes

    by Modab

    Seems like he has a breakout character this time.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Ray Stevenson would have killed in this role.

    by blackmantis

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    I thought McQuarrie wasn't going to direct again?

    by twogunjames

    The commentary on way of the gun made it sound like he'd rather eat glass and piss fire into gasoline that direct another movie. Not that I am complaining. Way of The Gun is a favorite. He's one of the only directors who portrays gun work properly. In fact he should direct GUNWORK.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Looks fine to me...

    by Mikey Wood

    Having read three of the Reacher books (Persuader, One Shot(which the film is based off of), and The Hard Way) and thought they were fine bits of tough-guy fiction I suppose I'm a "fan" and, aas a fan, I don't really give a damn how different Cruise looks from the way Reacher's described in the books. Jack Reacher in the books is just the author (Lee Child aka Jim Grant)'s glorified vision of himself (don't believe me? Run a google image search on Mr. Child). Child has given his approval of Cruise in the role and, frankly, that's all I care about. If HE'S cool with it, I'M cool with it.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    A lot of the issues discussed are not the fault of Cruise

    by silentjay

    If he needs to be a certain way speak with a specific "matter of factness" then that's the fault of the script and director. Look, I know Cruise has pull put he works with directors, McQuarrie needed to jump in, provided the script called for it. Is Cruise producing?

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    No idea what these "Reacher" books are

    by IceTitan

    So to me, this looks like a ton of fun!

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Alexander Skarsgard

    by twogunjames

    Obviously the studio is marketing this to people who haven't read the books. This is nothing fucking new. Though I'm sure the name Alexander Skarsgard HAD to pop up in early conversations about casting.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Codename V

    by silentjay

    I agree with just about everything your're saying. I didn't read the books. However, Gosling pulled off the silent killer thing in Drive quite well.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Matt Gerald....... Google it..

    by GordyDuffNI

    Would make a great Reacher, he was in the latest episode of Dexter and had bit parts in many other movies including Avatar, he's kinda like a taller Stone Cold Steve Austin....

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Jonah Hill as Jack Reacher!

    by Jim McGhee

    That is all.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Alexander Rhodes

    by Mike

    Alexander Rhodes is really good in this one.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Werner Herzog should play Ernst Blofeld.

    by Jet Jaguar

    Either him or Lars Von Trier.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by Craig

    What was wrong with "One Shot"? I thought if anything good came out of John Carter it would be that Hollywood would stop lazily using character names as the title of the movie.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Gosling? No fucking way.

    by twogunjames

    Man, he was a dull eyed mentally ill short bus rider in Drive. While the film has some style, Gosling failed entirely at being a bad ass. He's about as menacing and commanding as my golden retriever.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    But does Jack Reacher sprint... EVERYWHERE?

    by animatronicmojo

    Look, I want a scene where I walk away, real slow, instead of sprinting. Just one. Don't worry, I'll sprint the rest of the movie.

  • cuz they cast fuckin tom cruise.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    Are we really surprised by the studios choices?

    by twogunjames

    Come on, "One Shot" isn't branding. It doesn't sound like a potential franchise. JACK REACHER, despite sounding like something pornographic, not only brands the film instantly, it leaves it open to franchise titles in the future.

  • Guess that makes me a queer.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I'll say this...

    by Somerichs

    That last scene where he steps out of the car and into that small crowd, with everyone helping him to blend in, was way fucking cool. I presume there is some motivation for them to do that we aren't privy to in the trailer. Either way, great little scene...

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    kindofabigdeal...I did not see your post before I wrote mine

    by Somerichs

    ya queer! :)

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    A bulked up Skarsgard or even Armie Hammer would have done

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    It's not the usual fanboy bitching about "they changed it from the book!" for this one. Reacher's size and physical presence is one of the key component of his character. Casting Cruise (who is generally fine in most stuff) is like making Sam Gamgee six feet tall with rippling muscles.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Herzog was playing a caricature, not a character

    by Jack Desmondi

    My god, why is everyone praising Herzog in this? If that guy's fucking name wasn't Werner Herzog and was some German no-name, all the posters here would say what a god-awful, overacting/reacting, scowling putz this guy is. Reminded me of Gene Simmons of Kiss, back when he sucked as the villain in "Runaway". You can't be a villain just by making mean faces and scowling.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    boring midget is right

    by Anthony Torchia

    what Hollywood package-deal nonsense got him this role? they should have cast Margaret Thatcher that said, the trailer doesn't suck

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    DRIVE + L =

    by animatronicmojo

    God, after all that hype, what a let down. I thought I was watching the Mad Magazine parody. *SPOILERS* <BR> Driver: Hey. <BR>Irene: Hey <BR>Driver: So, uh (*beat*) you wanna take a drive sometime? <BR>Irene: (shrugs) Mm-mm-mm. <BR>Driver: Or... you know... we could take a ride (*beat*) whichever you prefer. <BR>Irene: OK. <BR>Driver: (Stares) <BR>Irene: (Stares) <BR>Driver: (Stares) <BR>Irene: (Stares) <BR> CUT TO: EXT. ROAD. NIGHT. <BR>Driver and Irene drive along a road at night. "A Real Hero" plays on the soundtrack: <BR> MUSIC: "And you, have proved, to be <BR>A real human being, and a real hero <BR>Real human being, and a real hero <BR>Real human being, and a real hero <BR>Real human being, and a real hero <BR>Real human being, and a real hero <BR>Real human being, and a real hero <BR>Real human being, and a real hero <BR>Real human being, and a real hero <BR>Real human being, and a real hero <BR>etc., etc., etc...., ad infinitum ad nauseam

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Why One Shot?

    by Dan Anthony

    This franchise should have started with the VASTLY superior Killing Floor, and thus kept the original title, like that other short-running franchise... what is it... on the tip of my tongue... oh, right - James Bond.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    never read the books

    by ghoulstock

    So I think this actually looks not half-bad. And casting Werner Herzog as the villain is fucking brilliant. Also, despite his INSANITY, I like Tom Cruise. He may play the same type of character in most of his movies, but most of those movies are good.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    i see the point about reacher's tone...

    by Detached

    but i haven't read the books, so that probably won't bother me. good trailer.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Looks like it could be good

    by BackwardGalaxy

    I haven't read the books, so I'm not qualified to judge this based on its merits as an adaptation. But as an outside, based on that trailer, I would see it.

  • I haven't read any of the books, so this is just based on what I'm seeing. His physical self doesn't seem to fit what is going on onscreen. Cruise is not tough-guy physically intimidating, in stature, voice, facial expressions, even word choice. But based on what the character is doing in the scenes and how other people are reacting to him, it looks as though he's supposed to be - everything around him fits around the hulking badass character that this is supposedly about, but the guy at the center looks like a completely different person. Cruise can be intense, but using *his* kind of intensity in the right way - see the MI films or Collateral - is what works. He's not bad, he's just the wrong tool for the job here. Seeing and reading about this, my biggest problem with it is not Cruise himself, but the fact that Cruise doing this will make it just another Cruise movie, unlikely to get any sequels. If the property is worth doing, it seems like it should be given a fresh beginning without the baggage that will likely lead to nothing more in the future. As for the author's endorsement of Cruise - he's been writing the books for 15 years with no takers for film adaptations, when one of Hollywood's biggest stars comes calling. He's probably very comfortable with the books being the books and the film being something else altogether, and getting heaps of publicity he wouldn't otherwise get. Nothing wrong with that.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    More like Jack Reach... Around

    by lonecow12

    Get it?

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I love the trailer, but Cruise feels oddly miscast here.

    by Randy

    I love Cruise, but he just feels so wrong here, despite the overall tone of the trailer feeling right. Maybe should have cast someone like Josh Holloway.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I'm getting that "entire movie" vibe from this trailer...

    by Bill C.

    ...and I'm not crazy about that, on top of the oddly...flip?...tone of it. It doesn't look horrible, but apart from the novelty of Herzog and Robert Duvall in the same movie...hmmm...

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    The moving car bit was done cooler in RED with 'ol man Willis.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Maybe thats the problem with Cruise, despite all the roles and characters, and the fact that he's turned 50, he still has that smug, boyish face.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    McQuarrie is

    by Cameron1

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Like the 'hat gag' but I agree that Cruise seems 'off'.

    by Fortunesfool

    I wanted Aaron Eckhart for Reacher :(

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I will find you...

    by Kakii

    ...and convert you to Scientology!

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Casanova Frankenstein is the bad

    by thelordofhell

    I always thought that Geoffrey Rush was channeling Werner Herzog in Mystery Men

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Cartoon HERZOG is my God. And my dawg.

    by grandwiz

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    So, that was fucking sick!!!

    by MainMan2001

    Are you fucking nerds kidding me?! Did you actually watch that trailer?! It was fucking amazing!! There is so much shit coming out of Hollywoods ass chops but that was not one of them. Fuck the books. I watched the trailer and it's a killer. Amazing. Over and out fagots

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Herzog on Obama.

    by grandwiz

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Jack ReachAround!

    by D o o d


  • Oct. 17, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is horribly miscast

    by Titus05

    honestly this looks terrible

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Uhh did you guys watch that trailer?

    by Kelly Grimes

    It was QUALITY! Felt like the gritty, exploitation car-chase romps that we never see anymore, right down to the tense, playful music. That vibe alone sells me on this movie.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by macheesmo3

    I'm gonna get Mehhhningitis from the amount of MEH that's in that trailer.... With the exception of Herzog as a bad guy. what a great idea!

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I think non fans

    by Hipshot

    Will like this more than fans. That coming attraction actually looked pretty good. I've read all the books, and really have to forget the picture I had in my head. the Rock would have been great.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Jack Reacher should be bouncing berries off his tits.

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    The gag with him hiding in the crowd at the end...

    by D.Vader

    I liked it.

  • Despite the very short extras for him to stand next to, and the many pairs of lift-insert shoes. And Cruise's over-acting (or under-acting? What do you call it when he tries oh so teeeerrrrrribly hard, yet his line readings all suck?).

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    But I can laugh at him

    by MoaKaka

    Whether he's in a comedy or not, his acting is always funny. ESPECIALLY when he's trying to be bad-ass or intelligent -- he just tries so hard and fails so miserably, that it's especially funny. I can't even look at a picture of him without laughing.

  • Is it too late to CG in Schwarzenegger and make Herzog a North Korean?


  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Herzog is in this!!!! I'm there!!!

    by notcher

    My God, did I just write that?

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    if this film is huge

    by t

    would cruise make more? he isnt an actor for franchises.

  • That is a HARD, BEAUTIFUL, POEM of a film. THIS MAN IS A FUCKING AUTEUR AND A TRUE CINEMATIC VOICE AND NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE MORE FILMS. I don't know how many projects Joe Carnahan is getting thrown at him these days (The Grey- brilliant, The A-Team- Absolute Shit) -those movies made like, zero dollars?? but thank God somebody is doing honest-to-God hard boiled 70's films again and not in a way that seems cheap (Rob Zombie) or pop collage/ homage (Tarantino, who is still, a genius, but a bird of his own) Watching the blue collar criminals on Breaking Bad, I realized this could be seen as a deeper look into characters we meet in Way of the Gun- James Caan, Geoffrey Lewis... Old guys in Members Only jackets, silent, old school, tough as nails. He created a great universe in that film and I want to see more of it, even if he's cherry-picking stuff from other people's books to get it on screen. Hey, how much did QT change from Elmore Leonard's novel Jackie Brown? Okay? Don't fuck with genius. Even if genius wants to steal and deconstruct a bit. Just be glad these guys- whose films fly under the radar and don't make a whole lot of dough- are being allowed to make films at all, because this is the stuff they'll be studying in textbooks 20 years from now.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Does anyone know what city this takes place in?

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    So if nordling is not convinced

    by pauduro

    Then its going to be a kick ass movie im there the first day

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by Albert Herbert

    Jack Reacher Only Smaller!

  • And the comedy was unexpected but excellent as well as the investigative process, this seems to be action with a brain?

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Didn't Katie Holmes leave Tom Cruise because he's gay?

    by steves

    I thought he was gay like John Travolta. I'm not judging but I thought that everyone knew that Tom Cruise was also gay. Isn't that why Katie Holmes left him?

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Jack Reacheround.

    by Fries Against

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Does Tom Cruise use slave labor?

    by steves

    Is that true? I heard that he uses slaves to build his motorcycles or something. I think it's to do with scientology but I could be wrong.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    The actor doesn't have to be 6'6" exactly . . .

    by MoaKaka

    But finding hobbits for Tom Cruise to beat up on film is just ridiculous. It's not like he's a great actor either (despite, or because of, his trying way too hard, his line readings suck).

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Why does this trailer not contain SUSPICIOUS ONLOOKER?

    by FluffyUnbound

    According to IMDB he's a pivotal character in this one.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST

    This looks good, haters be damned!

    by gex

    I've never read the books, but this looks slightly more believable than a 6'6 guy running around unspotted. Everyone keeps talking about the book reacher being huge, newsflash someone that's 6'6 attracts attention for being freakishly huge unless their only around sport stadiums. Go Tom! Screw the haters, this actually looks pretty good.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Is Tom Cruise openly gay now?

    by steves

    Has he actually come out of the closet?

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Moakaka, my thoughts exactly . . .

    by elmo

    Either the crowd on the curb where Cruise hid in plain sight were crouching or they hired them all from the Billy Barty Little Folk agency.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is only popular with homosexual males

    by steves

    He appeals solely to homosexual males.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is as gay as Lena Dunham is racist

    by steves

    So very.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Jesus, he's still playing Tom Cruise.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Tiny fucker doesn't know how to act, the just knows how to act like Tom Cruise. Can't wait to NOT see this.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Lots of unmotivated Cruise hate here

    by D.Vader

    Go figure.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    A terrible job of casting Tom Cruise in this role.....

    by Clio

    I can't believe any fan of the Reacher novels will care for this. Cruise is a short guy driving fast cars and with guns blazing....that's his Mission Impossible role, but it's not Jack Reacher. Reacher is 6'4" (think Viggo Mortensen), doesn't drive fast cars, and blazes away with guns only rarely. This may be full of mindless action (nothing wrong with that), but it won't be a Jack Reacher movie no matter how they label it.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Everybody said Tom Cruise couldn't play Lestat........

    by thelordofhell

    Then he showed us all the homosexual undertones of being an unliving Vampire sucking on guys..........never knew how gay Vampires could really be until I saw Tom Cruise vamping it up.......Hell, they even had to adopt a kid together.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Herzog on screen? Sold!

    by Zorak5

    Love Werner Herzog--on top of being a brilliant director and writer, he's a brilliant actor, too. See The Grand, Incident at Loch Ness, his voice work on The Boondocks and The Simpsons, even the behind the scenes footage of him showing Klaus Kinski how to do a scene in Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (it really showed that Herzog could inhabit the physicality of the Dracula role in his own right). I wonder what on earth made Herzog decide to act in this film though? Regardless, now I've gotta see it!

  • Interview With The Vampire. Yep, nobody went to see that.... The points been made before but I'll say it again. Fans of whatever property is being made into a movie will all go see the movie regardless of casting or name changes or plot changes whatever their vehemently stated declarations on the Intertubes. The studio knows they have your money already and you can safely be ignored if Tom-Fucking-Cruise has agreed to star in their adaptation. I understand the point fan's of the book are making but if you took all of them and stacked them next to all the people that turn out to see Tom Cruise movies you'd get a really good idea why nobody working on this movie (or the author who is on record saying the casting is great) gives a shit what the book's fans think about it. I don't think a lot of people really understand how relatively few books are sold as opposed to movie tickets. If you look at the list of bestselling books you find very few that weren't written years ago. 100,000 copies sold would be enough to put you on the bestseller lists for weeks. Lee Childs has sold something like 40 million books worldwide. For the fifteen books he's written call it 2.6 million of each book. But since it's a series and each new book replicates the sales numbers of the last one you figure most people are repeat buyers so you're looking at maybe 3 million fans, a chunk of whom are overseas. How many of those fans will refuse to go see the movie of a book they love strictly because of the miscasting of Tom Cruise? It's nowhere close to the number of people that will go see it based on Cruise's involvement that have never heard of it. It's the same reason they went with Jack Reacher instead of One Shot. With Cruise starring it's a franchise, what do you call the sequel "One Shot 2"? With Ray Stephenson starring (who would fucking OWN this part) in "One Shot" it's a direct to dvd and VOD release.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    meant "all-time bestselling books"

    by FistOSalmon

    meaning things like the Lord Of The Rings, 1984 and Gone With The Wind. Plus after the Tom Cruise movie comes out more paperback copies of One Shot will be sold than hardcopies and paperbacks to date combined, movie tie-ins sell better than normal releases.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Are talkbackers openly stupid now?

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    Stupid- Genetics or Choice? Let's ask noted television personality Dr. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino what he thinks...

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    everybody crouch down-

    by vulturess

    tom cruise is in this scene.

  • Tom Cruise may be batshit crazy, but I don't give a rat's ass. Fucking half of Hollywood is full-on psychotic. What matters to me is the movie. If it's good, I'll see it. Regardless of what crazy-ass shit the person in front of, or behind, the camera said, or did. They're actors. Creative people. You've got to be a little messed up to even want to be one in the first place, right? And Tom Cruise makes, for the most part, damn good movies. Part of that is that he's always been lucky/savvy enough to work with the best directors. So, if "Jack Reacher" is any good, I'll go see it. And considering Cruise's track record, and the look of the film, it probably will be good. Crazy good!

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    @charliechaplinsfilmsin3D Re: Cruise isn't an actor for franchises

    by Happyfat73

    You mean except that one big franchise in which he's played the same character in 4 films... what was that one called again?

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Looks better than Taken 2. I'll ignore Tom Cruise.

    by btc909

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST


    by UltraTron

  • So Tom Cruise is playing Brock Sampson. Whoo.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Hey anybody want a cucumber rub?! :D

    by UltraTron

  • I've never read the books, and I don't intend to, but I'm interested in seeing this flick because Cruise ALWAYS brings his A-game to movies. I can't think of another actor in his class that is consistently engaged in delivering on every, single role he plays. I'd love to hear who the folks pissing and moaning would put in Cruise's place. And no, "anybody else" is not an answer. Sure Cruse's Scientology beliefs are wacko, but I have a feeling that if we know half the shit these actors did behind the scenes, we'd all want to take showers and consult with a priest. But hey, it's cool to hate on Cruise so I guess I lose style points.

  • Not a whole lot of "hulking" actors that fit the bill, physically. At least none that rate their name above the title.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    When Cruise says "I'd like to kill you..."

    by ebolamonkey

    It should hit you with a shot of adrenaline that makes your neck hairs stand up - and nothing Cruise does in this trailer makes me think he's actually the badass Jack Reacher is supposed to be (and I haven't read the books).

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Of course he's Reacher - he's so short!

    by Nintendarth


  • Oct. 18, 2012, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Looks cool...

    by mcflytrap

    First trailer had me thinking, "Eh, nobody cares about Cruise anymore. Pass." This trailer makes me think, "Cool. I'll check it out on DVD." I think Cruise should look a little more bad-assy, but I can live with that.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 2:12 a.m. CST

    So many plants in here

    by pearlanddean

    Studio hacks and scientologists can come on here to try and 'big up' the next Cruise flick but you're pissing in the wind fellas. Lee Child didn't have a choice over the casting, he's being diplomatic because he's in for a share of the profits. Tom Cruise knows he doesn't match the character in the books, but he wanted it anyway. What does that say about him? And for those who say the studio isn't worried about the fans of the book, to date Lee Child has sold in the region of 40 million titles. So I'd say there's a few fans out there who know what to expect from a Jack Reacher film and from the trailers I've seen so far, none of it looks right. I hope this crashes and burns and we get a proper, indie low budget return to the character with an actor who looks the part. Ray Stevenson gets my vote. All hail Titus Pullo!

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Note to Hollywood: Tom Cruise isn't and never will be a badass!

    by BenBraddock

  • My wife tells me it's rather difficult. Tom really reminds me of a preschooler playing dress-up -- look at me, I'm a fighter pilot! Now I'm a race car driver! During his third failed marriage, he even looked like he was playing the role of super husband/ father. But, yeah, running in those high heels must be murder on his feet. I suppose he's used to it by now, like those women in Italy who can walk on cobblestone streets in heels because they're used to it. I wonder if he'll ever outgrow his heels and playing dress up?

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Dickhead talkbacker percentage

    by Jeevan Chyle

    Just maxes out when there's a Tom Cruise article. Don't like the guy? Fine. But don't use it as an excuse to broadcast how much of a homophobic ballbag you are.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 5:04 a.m. CST

    ...I am a Thetan!

    by tangcameo

    Viggo is 5'11"? Cool! I'm as tall as Viggo! I suddenly have the urge to not shave for a week and grow my hair long.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST

    As crazy as Cruise may be I love his movies.

    by Wcwlkr

    I mean the guy's personal life is his business. But I love his movies! His action movies seem to always hit the mark I'll forgive him for Knight & Day. And even his dramatic turns are entertaining, and I'm still looking forward to the Less Grossman pic.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Ideal Reacher casting

    by Lemmys_E_string

    Lawrence "Dayglow" Dallaglio, London Wasps and former England Rugby Union "number 8". Lee Child has gone on record as saying that's who most resembles his mental image of Jack. Get him an acting coach, job done..the bloke has got some sort of charisma anyway, which is allways a start. Let's face it the first Taken film is probably the closest we are going to get to a Reacher film done right.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Hemsworth would have been a great choice...

    by Codename V

    ...If it was an origin story with him as an MP. I believe Child wrote that story. It was like the 9th book in the series or something...

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 8:18 a.m. CST

    I think it's a fun trailer...

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    Sells the movie, looks like fun.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    fistosalmonn, you are correct, sir!

    by J

    Thank you! I am a huge fan of the Jack Reacher books. As a person, I greatly dislike Tom Cruise. For this, and many other reasons, I completely agree that Cruise is not the ideal choice for the role of Jack Reacher. However, I felt the exact same when Interview With The Vampire came out, and am a big enough man to admit that I was way wrong in that situation. Therefore, I am more than willing to give this One Shot (as it were) to see if he can make me a believer again. Time will tell. Just sayin'

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    raving bitch/ Sarah Silverman?

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    Bullshit I thought you were a special effects guy with a beard

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST

    needs more couch parkour.

    by iampain

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Wow, the Cruise hate is laughable . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . I'm not president of his fan-club or anything, but SHEESH, get a grip, people! And then write out all the directors he's managed to work with. It's a crazy list. I'm surprised he hasn't worked with a reanimated Hitchcock by now . . .

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Yeah you guys know better than the author

    by Monolith_Jones

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Here's what Child says

    by Monolith_Jones

    Plus, from an author’s point of view, it’s more exciting to see a new and fresh vision. Lee doesn’t want to see a literal translation. Without comparing himself to Bob Dylan, he wonders what Dylan wanted to hear when someone covered, say, “All Along the Watchtower”…a tribute clone, or Jimi Hendrix? Lee thinks the Cruise/McQuarrie interpretation will build on the books in the same way.

  • when he walks around the coffin and nearly trips on his elevator shoes.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Doug and Carrie. Doug and Carrie. Doug and Carrie.

    by Shabado

    Doug and Carrie. Doug and Carrie. Doug and Carrie. Doug and Carrie. Doug and Carrie. Arther! Arther! Arther! Arther! Arther! Arther! Arther! Arther! Doug and Carrie. Doug and Carrie. Doug and Carrie. Doug and Carrie. All I could think of while watching this trailer.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    I'm pretty sure anyone who pens something Tom Cruise stars in...

    by tangcameo probably paid handsomely to not object to it. Remember Anne Rice's flip flop? If Tom Cruise played the main character in my novel (a 50+ year old man playing a 15yo senior high student), I'm pretty sure I'd have Tom Cruise's PR department *cough*Scien*cough*tology*cough knocking on my door with a big bag of money, making sure I didn't have any qualms with his performance.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    always pictured Dolph as jack Reacher

    by HoLottaMo

    even his "acting" style would have seemed appropriate based on the character.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    I don't give a shit about the books, as I haven't read them


    So, I will approach this as a good popcorn flick, and that means I really wanna see it. I'm not a Tom Cruise hater, I actually really enjoy almost all of his movies. Count me in to seeing this as soon as we can get a baby sitter

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    aaron eckhart, thomas jane

    by kaijuturtle

    TALL rugged guys are Jack Reacher, he is basically a combination of Frankenstein and Sherlock Holmes (by way of the US military). Pure deductive reasoning in an almost-lumbering, awkward body. (Jack CREATURE, get it?) I will give Cruise a teenytiny "benefit of the doubt", but I won't get my hopes up...

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    why not just call it "Ethan Hunt"...

    by Darkness

    It's tom cruise being tom cruise in mission impossible mode with a darker edge.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    twogun: you're golden retriever smashes people's hands with a hammer?

    by Darth Macchio

    ..and then threatens them by placing a nail in the corner of their eye and reaches back with a hammer know...kill them by slamming the nail into their skulls/brains? does he beat and crush people's skulls in elevators? i've always thought of golden retrievers as such nice sweet pooches..loyal, empathic, etc...big sure...but not at all threatening. if you're golden is quietly smashing people's hands with a hammer or abruptly stomping on their skulls in the elevator until their head and brains are pulped putty, then you might want to consider obedience school or something. not even sure if that "cesar" dog whisperer guy can help with a psychotic golden retriever..good luck tho.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Bearded Clam? Is that like a zuperhero exclamation? "By Neptune's bearded clam!"

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    you are not sarah silverman if you are I want you to be my girlfriend. here is my myspace page I swear I can do special effects too. PRACTICAL special effects.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Only one Dolph suggestion... Not bad.

    by Codename V

    Still, I did vomit in my mouth a bit at the thought of him as Reacher...

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Something about it at least felt fresh...

    by SK229

    compared to the action shit we've been getting. The 'phone call hostage scene and the scene at the end of the trailer guarantee asses in seats. Actually a well put together trailer... will wonders never cease? Music fit too. Also, just realized that phone call reminded me of Tropic Thunder, "Do your thing, skin the fucking bastard. Go to town, man. Go to town! In the mean time and as usual, go fuck yourself."

  • Normally, when I see a huge head on top of tiny short arms and torso, I think "bad photoshop!" But the funny/sad thing is, I think this is really how Tom looks. So the producers want me to spend $12 watching this midget standing on boxes in every scene, and then beating up some other midgets they found as extras? All while wearing his high-heeled shoes. I don't know if I should laugh or vomit.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    The one talkback

    by Dawhiteguy

    Where more women will be showing fan hate on a book to movie, then men.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    The title also sounds like a Jamaican creature feature

    by Dawhiteguy

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    So the character's name is "Tom Cruise As Jack Reacher"?

    by MoaKaka

    Because, as usual, that's what it looks like he's playing. Just like the character he played in "Valkyrie" was named "Tom Cruise As A German Officer." Cruise really gets off on getting fake "medals" at award ceremonies, where his cult kisses his ass and plays into his weird fantasies. I don't think he's gay though -- gay people would have more taste that this cheap tacky ceremony:

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    That link in my post above --

    by MoaKaka

    Is just one of many reasons I cannot take tiny Tammy seriously in any of his roles. Knowing how ridiculous his fantasies are, how can anyone look at Cruise at NOT laugh out loud?

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Talkbackers v. Plants

    by animatronicmojo

    OK, Plants, the balls in your court now. C'mon, get in the game and show us whatchya got. Tell us again how fresh and original this looks, how the trailer was actually very well made and looks so much better than the typical action movie crap we've been getting- because, you know, WOW! That last scene where a guy gave him a hat!? So cool. <BR> Above all, do note how all this Tom Cruise hate is so completely beyond you, because, by golly, this guy's a Movie Star whose mere sexy tight jeans and two-top-shirt-buttons-always-undone presence just guarantees asses in seats. <BR> You might also mention how you certainly have neeeeeever heard anything about Mr. Cruise over that last three decades that might suggest he deserves such constant ridicule, what a nice guy he is, how he stops and helps at car accidents, and sprints so well. <BR> Also, don't forget to tell all "you Talkbackers" what a bunch of hate-filled, misanthropic, basement-dwelling trolls they are, so that we'll all know that, even though you are posting in this so-called "Talkback" forum, you are in no way one of these wretched little "Talkbackers," with all your hate-filled hate that hate made and all. <BR> Finally, be sure and confirm that you are not "A Plant," just an honest, hard-working American who cares about the business of movies and the all-important theater (also Blu-Ray) experience. <BR> Then, "Talkbackers," don't forget to confirm all of these Plants' points by leveling a lot of mean-spirited comments about Cruise's height and oft-alleged closeted sexual orientation, because attacking people for their appearance and an alleged sexual orientation that may or may not be different from yours is sooooo important in today's anonymous internet movie forums. <BR> Yes, be sure and use such "go to" words as "midget," "teabagger" and "retarded" to show what a red-meat-eating anti-egghead bad-ass bully that none can argue with you are. <BR> Well, as for me, as you can plainly see, I am neither a "Talkbacker," (no really, I'm not- I'm NOT!) Neither am I "A Plant." Nope, I am but a mere humble innocent bystander in the game of movie stars that people love to hate and the people who then love to hate the people who love to hate the movie stars that people will either love to love, love to hate, hate to hate or hate to love. <BR> No... (stepping into a lonely spotlight on a darkened stage) I am only human. One man in a world he didn't create, who is obviously as bored as hell as he possibly could be today. (Raising fist) And I am determined to waste what remains of my day, Goddam America YES!!

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    This look like a fun Tom Cruise movie....

    by fanboy71

    But absolutely NOTHING like a Jack Reacher movie. This bares ZERO resemblance to any of the character traits Reacher has in the novels, and misses the mark by miles. If they had made this as "generic Tom Cruise action movie" number 25, I would totally see it, but as it seems to take a giant steaming shit on one of my favorite literary action heroes, I think I'll pass. What's next? Jaden Smith as Mitch Rapp?

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I always envision Dolph as Reacher.

    by fanboy71

    This is the most blatant example of casting a big name in the wrong role simply because it will put asses in seats that I have ever seen. Cruise as Lestat doesn't even come close.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Hell, even Hugh Jackman would have worked. He's 6'5 or so.

    by fanboy71

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    David Morse or Dolph Lundgren.

    by Baked

    I'd say "discuss" but anyone disagreeing is wrong. That said, Tom Cruise is a great actor who does a hell of a lot with shit all on the page, so I won't complain.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 5:31 a.m. CST


    by fanboy71

    David Morse... Great choice. But Dolph has the mass (or did a few years ago). Either would be great.

  • And could grow older with the role just like the books...

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    I'm only watching this for Alex Rhodes

    by Argentino

    This could be his breakout role!

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 1:35 a.m. CST

    I guess Clancy Brown was busy

    by thelordofhell

    He would have made a great Jack Reacher

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    So Jack Reacher = Jack Ryan?

    by Arcadian