Originally Posted by Fire Me Boy!
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.
The books always talk about how physically intimidating Reacher is. His size is very much a part of the character which is why so many people are upset with the casting. But when Xenu owns the movie rights, this is what you get.