Tom Cruise Is ‘Too Old’ For Action Movies, Says ‘Jack Reacher’ Author

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The author behind Jack Reacher recently mentioned that Tom Cruise is “too old” for action movies after the star played the title role in two Jack Reacher films.

Jack Reacher author Lee Child recently explained that he thinks Tom Cruise is “too old” to continue starring in action movies. Tom Cruise starred in two adaptations of the books by Lee Child, with the first Jack Reacher film doing relatively well at the box office while the second film, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back wasn’t well-received at all. Tom Cruise has obviously continued to star in a plethora of action adventures since, including several Mission: Impossible movies, as well as the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick.

The author has previously mentioned that Tom Cruise didn’t have the right physicality for Reacher’s towering stature as he’s depicted in the books. Lee Child doubled down on his thoughts in a recent interview with The Times, explaining that although Tom Cruise is a “terrific guy” the author thinks that he’s too old to keep throwing himself headfirst into adrenaline-fuelled action movies. The Jack Reacher author went on to say that Tom Cruise could get another few decades out of working as a character actor.

“Cruise was reluctant, He had his own investment in it, he was going to argue against it. It sounds extremely patronizing but I think it’s good for him. He’s too old for this stuff. He’s 57, he needs to move on, transition to being a character actor. He could get another 20 years out of it. He has the talent. He’s a terrific guy, very considerate, good fun.”

Do you agree with the Jack Reacher author? Or would you like to see Tom Cruise keep making fast-paced action movies? Let us know in the comments!

Here’s the synopsis for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back follows the title character as he returns to Virginia to meet the head of his former unit. But she’s missing, he’s being charged with a crime committed nearly 20 years ago, and he may even have a daughter. Making things right will lead him on a cross-country chase to uncover the truth – and maybe even a family.

Starring Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Austin Hebert, Robert Catrini, Robert Knepper and Billy Slaughter, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Source: The Times

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