Sunday, December 23, 2012

Seriously? Tom Cruise?...

I am a voracious reader.  If I don't have anything else to read, I'll read the back of the cereal box.  I have a huge library of books and an e-Reader filled to the max with e-books.  If you took everything I owned away from me except my books, I think I could learn to be happy.  Some of you may remember a Twilight Zone episode with Burgess Meridith.  I don't remember the entire show but the terrifying part for me would be the destruction of a city, finding an intact library, having the rest of my life to do nothing but read and then stepping on my glasses so I couldn't.  A total nightmare.

Over the years, I've developed a great love for certain characters.  John D. McDonald's Travis McGee, John Sanford's Lucas Davenport and Lee Childs' Jack Reacher.  These are guys I would call if I were in trouble.  I have complete sets of all the books these guys are in and I've read them multiple times.  When I heard they were making a movie with Jack Reacher in it, I was really excited.  And I hoped it wouldn't be like One for the Money by Janet Evanovich.  While I loved the book, Katherine Heigl was absolutely the wrong person for the movie (and I like Katherine Heigl).  Her personality was fine, but when I close my eyes and see Stephanie Plum, I see Archie Panjabi (size-wise - not her character in The Good Wife).  When I close my eyes and see Jack Reacher, I certainly don't see Tom Cruise.  Well, I didn't, until the film came out.  I've never been a Tom Cruise fan and when I saw him jumping on the couch like a monkey, I became even less so.  He may be big box office, but he'll never be Jack Reacher.  As much as I adore Michael J. Fox, I would not cast him as the leader of the Spartans in 300.  As for Reacher, I would have voted for Liam Neeson or Ron Perlman or anyone on this list.  As one person who commented on this list said - "the e-trade baby would have made a better Jack Reacher than Tom Crusie".  That said, I'm not seeing the movie.  It's bad enough every time I open my Kindle Fire HD, there's an ad for the book with Tom Cruise's face on it, I think seeing the movie will ruin an entire series for me.  Lee Childs, what were you thinking?  Postscript:  I haven't purchased an Evanovich book since the movie came out.


  1. Oh I am so a Reacher fan, Jim Caviezel would be my choice. Re: One for the Money, I read an interview by Evanovich once where she said she always pictured Sandra Bullock playing Steph Plum. I think that would have been excellent. The Rock as Ranger.

  2. I think Liam Neeson would have been good Cindy, I want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
    Kevin xx