MY, oh my….did I open a can of worms! In my last posting, I mentioned I had been doing some heavy duty reading…..time spent reading, not heavy duty subjects.
I have been reading the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. These fun novels are full of the FBI, CIA, and military. Jack is a former Army Colonel, who took early retirement and is now wandering about doing his save-the-world-kind-of-stuff.
My first response was an email stating their love of the Jack Reacher novels, but questioned how in the world Hollywood could put Tom Cruise in as Jack. It turns out, that was just the beginning of many email, bemoaning the choice of Cruise. You see, Jack is 6’5” tall, really BIG! Hollywood’s choice of, as some referred to him as “the runt” we know as Tom Cruise is apparently not going over so well. On a good day, Tom is only 5’7” tall, and is getting up there in age to be playing a big tough guy. Now, I want you to understand, I am only 4’11” tall and I am old enough to be Tom’s mother (God forbid!), so I’m not saying older short people are bad….no, they are good….generally speaking. But TOM CRUISE? Give me a break!
As much as I love the Reacher novels by Lee Child, I am really turned off by the casting of Cruise in the lead role. I will probably skip the movie. So often movies of books I have read just never meet my expectations anyway. I cannot imagine Tom Cruise helping this one.
One movie I am looking forward to is Janet Evenovich’s Stephanie Plum novel, One for the Money. I always pictured Sandra Bullock as Stephanie, the very Italian, big haired girl from New Jersey who is a bounty hunter, but that was probably 10 years ago when I imagined Bullock as Stephanie. If you haven’t read this series of 18 books, I recommend them. they are a HOOT! Now, when I heard they had cast Katherine Heigl as Stephanie, I was confused, to say the least. I kept thinking of Heigl as the blond in Grey’s Anatomy. But she is funny! She can have dark hair; I understand she had to go with a wig to get that really Big New Jersey Hair! I am looking forward to the movie coming out at the end of this month. I can’t wait to see Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Mazur! I am not familiar with the Sherry Shephard, the actor they cast as Lula, Stephanie's ex-hooker sidekick, but the part is an outstanding chance for a comedy actress.
I hope the movie does Evanovich's novel justice. It should be exactly what it is…a fun time!
But, back to Jack Reacher....
I suppose I have to admit I am very much affected by Hollywood’s efforts to change our world into a very liberal world. Their outspoken views on politics have done much damage to their appeal, in my humble opinion. Tom Cruise and his Scientology connection is about on the same level….strange.
Just to give you an idea of the comments about Tom Cruise (and I will tell you not even one was a positive)….
“Once again Hollywood shows what idiots they are. Are we surprised?”
“OMG! You have got to be kidding!”
“I will just read Jack Reacher novels, no movie for me!”
“Why didn’t they just hire Justin Bieber for the part?”
That about sums it up! Time will tell…………