December 20, 2012 | 10:17 pm
Posted by Joan Alperin-Schwartz
Okay, so here's the thing. I absolutely love the character of Jack Reacher. He was created by British author Lee Childs who has written 18 books, all featuring Reacher.
Reacher is one of my favorite fictional characters. The guy is huge ... 6'5, 250 lbs, blond hair, big hands, big feet, big body ... big everything. The dude is like a house ... a huge house.
He's also gruff and not at all slick. He lives off the grid ... Buys his clothes and underwear wear from thrift stores ... Wears them for a few days, then throws them away and repeats the process ... Reacher says ... 'It's easier and cheaper than washing them.'
Reacher has no driver's license, gets a pension from his days as an MP, which gets deposited in some bank. Jack doesn't own a car, but he sure can drive. If fact, Reacher doesn't own anything. He travels by bus or hitches a ride, as he wanders aimlessly through the United States.
Of course, in his travels, Reacher always encounters some person in need of his help...Even though they don't know it at the time. If there's an injustice taking place, he make it a point, to right the wrong. He can't help himself. It's basically what Reacher lives for.
Jack Reacher is what I call 'an anti hero' ... a bigger than life ... 'anti hero.'
Did I mention, he never loses a fight.
Speaking of fighting ... taking on five or six or seven guys at a time, is a piece of cake for him. Rarely does our guy get a scratch...An ocassional broken nose, but that's about it.
Needless to say, when I heard that, 5 foot 7, Tom Cruise, had optioned Lee's book 'One Shot' and was going to play Jack Reacher, I was appalled. Because...Cruise is no Jack Reacher.
It's more than just Cruise's size ... It's everything.
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