Originally Posted by Fire Me Boy!
People saying a 5'6" guy couldn't kick the crap out of someone are being ridiculous. Someone that's trained to do it can absolutely kick the crap out of someone who's much larger, but untrained. You don't have to be the biggest and the strongest.
As for Cruise in the role... I haven't read the books and know nothing of Reacher, but I generally don't buy in to the author's physical description of the character unless its integral to the character. Playing the part is more about attitude, IMO.
Frankly, I don't watch any movie that portrays Tom Cruise as a tough guy. It's a joke. Watching that munchkin 1 punch KO people left and right is so far beyond believable that it turns his action films into a comedy.
He's never been believable as a tough guy except to people who don't know what tough is. He's a primped up wimp. It radiates from him.