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When author Lee Child wrote the book series One Shot, which eventually became a movie starring Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher), he wrote it for a much different type of character.
The British writer had written the main part for a man who stands 6 foot 5 inches tall and weighs over 200 pounds. Cruise, however, is much thinner and is 5 foot 7.
The film could just be the first in a new action franchise, and Cruise is defending his decision to take the role, saying he wouldn’t have if Child wasn’t comfortable with it.
“You know, he (Child) created the character, I had my own opinion that I didn't say to Lee and then he came back and pretty much reflected what I had felt about it. But had he said 'look I'd rather not', I would not have played the character," he explained, Reuters reports.
In May, the first footage of Cruise as the character premiered at CinemaCon, and Cruise introduced the clip by saying “For those of you who know the books, I’m obviously not 6-foot-5, like Jack Reacher. But Lee felt that I was the right guy to drive fast cars and kick the s–t out of people onscreen,” EW reports.
Jack Reacher hits theaters Dec. 21.
Watch Cruise talk about the character at the premiere:
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