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Playboy Interview: Lee Child
  • September 24, 2012 : 00:09
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PLAYBOY: What did you want to do?

CHILD: I wanted to be in theater. It dated back to elementary school. The principal was a woman obsessed with American musicals. Twice a year she put on shows, and I loved them. I went out for one, and it was one of those awful moments when you learn something important about yourself. They said, “Okay, sing this.” I started, never having been told that I can’t sing. I didn’t understand why everybody was looking away. Finally, I realized. I became a spear carrier, then migrated backstage and stayed there during high school. When I got to university, I worked in the student theater to the point I neglected everything else. I should have graduated in 1976, but I spent all my time on productions and was held back.

PLAYBOY: It’s 1977. You’re a young lawyer with theatrical ambitions. What sort of career does that qualify you for?

CHILD: I went to work for Granada TV in Manchester, in the northwest. It’s one of England’s five major stations. We did dramas that everybody remembers: Brideshead Revisited, Cracker and The Jewel in the Crown. It was a thrill to be part of that institution. I was there 18 years.

PLAYBOY: What was your job?

CHILD: Most of my career I was a presentation director, working in what in America is called master control. There were five of us on staff, one of us there at any time, night or day. We were responsible for the composite output of the station. What passed through our control room went into people’s living rooms. We assembled the broadcast. We had legal and editorial responsibility for its content. If something was wrong or if there was an emergency, we dealt with it. We dealt with regulatory issues, which at that time in Great Britain were extensive. If there was a news report about famine, we couldn’t air food commercials. It was a complex job on multiple levels and therefore well paid. We were union workers, but we received enormous salaries. As a rule of thumb, we felt good if our salary surpassed that of the prime minister. It always did.

PLAYBOY: Why did you leave?

CHILD: I was fired. But it was not a case of being called into the office. It was a drawn-out process. Thanks to Thatcherism, the TV regulatory system was being dismantled. It stood in the way of profit. The only way for management to achieve this dismantling was to break the union. There was a long-standing shop steward due to retire. Word came down that anybody who stood for the vacancy would never work in the industry again. Management thought the union would be leaderless and an easier target. I felt that was wrong. This was my real-life Reacher moment. I put myself forward as shop steward. I was elected unopposed, obviously. But it was worth doing, because the union employees at Granada were decent people who’d worked in an insular business and had no chance in the competitive market. It was the end for a lot of them. Someone had to make sure they were outplaced properly. I started naive. Quickly management pulled some illegal stunt. I thought, All right, if you want to play dirty, I will too. For a couple of years it was guerrilla war. Management left the building at five, and as soon as they were gone a team I put together went to work. The cleaners searched their trash, bringing me torn-up memos. We taped them back together. The engineers hacked into their computers. We steamed open their mail. We won loads of battles, but we lost the war, and for me it was desperate.

PLAYBOY: So you’re unemployed, 40 years old, and you decide to write a novel. That’s crazy.

CHILD: It was. But I’d been a big reader all my life. Five years earlier, I’d read John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series. I loved the series as entertainment, and I began to see how the books worked. When I was let go, I thought, I’m going to write books. It was clear as day to me. I was playing a trick on myself. I felt if I contemplated how unlikely it was, I would never get it done. On a Friday I bought legal pads and pencils, and I started writing on Monday. I was angry and in a hurry, and you see that in the first book—the urgency and the fury. I had only seven months of living expenses in the bank.

PLAYBOY: Did your family help?

CHILD: They were great. My wife is American. We met at Sheffield, where she was also a student. She was gorgeous and exotic. I was totally smitten, and we’ve been together ever since. At the time I lost my job, she was working part-time in a government tourist-information bureau. She stepped up to five days a week. My daughter Ruth, who was then 14, went out and got a waitressing job at a local tea room.

PLAYBOY: Why did you change your name?

CHILD: In show biz in Britain it’s common for people to work under names that are not their own. The stage management union, which is the same thing as Actors’ Equity, has a rule that you cannot use a name if it’s similar to an existing member’s. When I started, there was a character actor with the same name as mine. This was routine for me, but the decision was also about reinvention.

PLAYBOY: Why did you choose the name Lee Child?

CHILD: In our household wordplay is rampant. My wife and I were once riding a train out of Grand Central. A seatmate, noticing my accent, tried to establish kinship by telling us he drove a foreign car, a Renault Le Car. But he pronounced it “Lee Car,” which immediately entered our lexicon as an all-purpose definite article. It was “Lee this” and “Lee that” forever, including “Lee Baby” when our daughter was born, which became “Lee Child” as she grew up and which I adopted as my moniker.

PLAYBOY: Do you still think of yourself as Jim Grant?

CHILD: If I’m doing a Jim Grant type of thing, like licensing my car. My passport says James Grant. But almost all of what I do now is based on the books. I generally think of myself as Lee Child.

PLAYBOY: Your most radical decision may have been to set your books in America and build them around an American hero. Don’t writing teachers always tell students to write what they know?

CHILD: In my head, I was in America, and I’d been there a long time. As a kid I was obsessed by it. Britain’s postwar economy was exhausted, but America had Buicks with large fins and loose suspensions. It was reckless excess, and it looked wonderful. There was so much joy. There were no inhibitions.

PLAYBOY: It’s one thing to be fascinated by America. It’s another to claim it as your literary territory.

CHILD: The Reacher books had to be set in America. To write about a knight errant has certain requirements, one of which is a large and dangerous landscape. Long ago Europe was exactly that—the Black Forest. In the Middle Ages Europe was the right place for a knight errant. But Europe became built-up, and that whole string of myths died. It had to migrate to where there was a frontier.

PLAYBOY: Was there also a commercial consideration?

CHILD: It’s like John Lennon said: If you lived at the time of the Roman Empire, you should have been in Rome. In our time, you should be in America.

PLAYBOY: The Reacher books typically convey a love of America. Are you patriotic about the country?

CHILD: Being an immigrant, I’m intensely patriotic about America. First of all, I love the diversity of the people. This is a mongrel race, and you find tremendous vitality in that. I like the vivid features people have. Even if somebody’s not beautiful, they tend to be vivid—dark skin or big, dramatic eyes. Americans are much more vital than the inbred, pasty-faced people of Britain. But most of all what I love about America is that there’s a strand of decency and normality in almost everyone. Generally speaking, Americans are full of kindness and generosity and goodwill.

PLAYBOY: Reacher is an anomaly—a crime-fighting ex–military officer who, despite his penchant for violence, is a lefty. In The Enemy, your eighth book, he takes on an unnamed but identifiable conservative icon.

CHILD: It’s Dick Cheney, who at the time that novel is set was secretary of defense. The Cold War has ended, and the established order is going to be shaken up within the Army. The issue is the armored divisions, these magnificent spearheads designed to fight the Red Army. Reacher gets involved, and I show Cheney being corrupt and incompetent. People regard him as some kind of Svengali. He is good at political infighting, but otherwise he’s a man of no distinction. I think he did us irrefutable harm.

PLAYBOY: People know about the Reacher Creatures. Are there Reacher Bashers?

CHILD: The one time I got an absolute shit storm—terrible hate mail—followed the publication of Nothing to Lose, the 12th Reacher novel. The book is critical of the Iraq war, and it contains a brief disquisition on how loyalty in the military is a two-way street. If the men and women serving are to obey government orders, then the government owes it to them to make correct decisions. The offending passage concludes that if the government has let our men and women down, then desertion is not a terrible thing. It’s just 19 lines, yet it drove the Rush Limbaugh types crazy. A day would not go by when I would not get a package containing these pages torn out of the book and torn up or, several times, used as toilet paper. The irony is that the lines are taken word for word from e-mails I received from soldiers in the Middle East. The reality of military service is that soldiers are in trouble some of the time, but most of the time it’s boring. They’re inside their compounds with nothing to do. They watch DVDs and play video games. When they run out of these, they read books. Mine are some of the books they read, and because they’ve got all this time and they’re in this sealed-off world, they go online and e-mail me. At first it’s conventional fan mail. Then they start bantering. Delta Force e-mails from Afghanistan: “We could kick Reacher’s ass.” I write back: “No, he’d kick your ass.” Then it goes into a strange phase when they have this imagined intimacy with me because they have nobody else to tell their fears and thoughts. They’re not going to tell senior people in the chain of command, and no soldier tells his family. That’s where I got the passage about desertion—soldiers’ e-mails. I put it word for word in Nothing to Lose because it’s authentic and because, in an oblique way, it gives voice to people who have none.

PLAYBOY: Do most armed forces members like your novels?

CHILD: It’s dependent on rank. Reacher, as you know, was a major, and majors on down love him. They see the potential. Lieutenant colonels and above hate him. They feel it would be a nightmare to have him in their unit.

PLAYBOY: You’re a rarity—a popular novelist who is taken seriously. How do you think of yourself?

CHILD: I think of myself as primarily an entertainer. I never think of myself as a literary figure. That said, I expect good reviews. If a restaurant serves quality food at affordable prices with good service and decent surroundings, it should get good reviews. And that’s what I’m doing—supplying a diligently made product.

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69 comments

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oh, BTW, Lee sold the rights and thus gave up any control in how the film would be cast, made or promoted. That's the way it works. I'm not happy with the casting either, but when you own it, you can do what you will. I just hope TC doesn't destroy the franchise with this first film. This was explained in detail in the forums that used to appear on this site - it is noted that those comments are now gone - in fact, I can't find the forum anywhere anymore - which is possibly one of the other demands TC made. Who knows, we're just muggles.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    just managed to see an advanced screening in the UK, had serious reservations about TC after forming my own mental picture of Reacher! Have to say TC pulls it off because he is a GREAT actor and even manages to pull some Reacher type facial expressions (that I imagined!) if that's possible! DO NOT BE BLINKERED - A GREAT FILM!!!!!!!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Selleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Vince Vaughn: all journeymen actors who fit the bill. BUT they're not the ones who bought the rights. That would be Cruise who then cast his 5'5" frame into the 6' 4" Reacher.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I am a Jack Reacher fan and have read all the books, I will NOT see the travesty of short, dark Tom Cruise destroy a great character. I am sure I am not alone in taking a pass on this film.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Read the first book in the series. It was ok and I thought I would continue if I had nothing else to read... Now seeing the veil lifted and the man behind it - I think I will forgo that possible pleasure. Thanks for getting this out there Playboy.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Liam Neesom was "the" jack reacher ! I can't understand that casting . What is sure is that i' m not going to watch that movie , i cannot bear that Cruise and though i ve already read all Lee Child books, sure that " one shot" has been the last shot for me- please excuse m'y English i am french-
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I saw the trailer. It gave me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I felt bad for Cruise. It is such a horrible casting I felt embarrassed for him. I came across this article seeking some sort of explanation from Child. He seems to have completely abandoned his base. I am saddened by his lack of loyalty to his fans. He uses a dismissive tone to us. I am sure the movie will do well, but I will be sticking to the books....unless they go downhill too.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I started reading Lee Child's novels with "Killing Floor" and have read every Reacher novel since then. I admire the character and love Lee Child's books. When we read a good novel, we often imagine what the main character will look like. Tom Cruise is a "name" and can command huge sums of money to appear in a film but he's no great shakes as an actor and much too short to play Reacher. Hugh Jackman or Gerard Butler could have played Reacher with credibility. If height was not important the studio could have cast Ronnie Corbett and saved a bundle.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Reacher is the latest in a long line if fictionaal heroes who live a simple life simply. What elevates the character is the writing. Superbly crafted and undeniably intelligent. I've read all of the books and they are all a bloody good read. I'm not a cinema goer, but I will go to see the film and I do not rate Cruise but I will give it the benefit of the doubt. Then I confirm that casting Cruise was a mistake...
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Ps... Hugh Jackman also does a very good job at smart and quiet in Van Helsing. And he I being replaced there by Cruise too. There is something wrong when an actor can just start buying roles.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I absolutely LOVE Lee Child and of course love the Jack Reacher novels and I am HUGELY disappointed in the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack. I am honestly so tired of Hollywood trying to portray Tom Cruise as some kind of action bad-ass when clearly he's not. By choosing Tom Cruise, you not only lost the physique aspect, but you also lost menacing, intelligent, somber etc... In fact Cruise is honestly the complete OPPOSITE of Jack Reacher's character and I think it'sa crying shame that after years of wishing this franchise would come to life on the big screen, they completely stumble right from the get go. I think I speak on behalf of Reacher fans everywhere that this is probably one of the biggest casting errors in the history of movie-making.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    It would be a shame to deliberately end the series of books. I can see what Lee is saying about respecting other authors' works and how they ended, but if no-one ever did anything more than anyone else, nothing would get done. As for the film, I'd have cast Chris Hemsworth as Reacher, he looks the part and has the personality for it to judge from Thor and the Avengers. Tom Cruise is a terrible actor, massively over-rated and a complete whack-job into the bargain. A very poor choice.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Lee Child sold out. I have been reading the Reacher novels since they first came out so you made a killing from me. I, nor any action loving movie going member of my family, will be seeing TC of all people as Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher in your books is the man all men want to be and all woman want to know (or be with) because of his presence, power, and intelligence. No one wants to be or be with or even know Cruise! You say the height of Jack isn't important...then why mention it in every book?! You insult us by assuming all of the novel readers feel 'possessive' of Jack like he's our creation...no we just like him how you have told us he is: dirty BLONDE hair, fair but not attractive, HUGE, well over 6ft tall, built like a tank, not vain, you can't HELP for see him in a crowd -- not likely with cruise EVER unless he was in a crowd of infants. I have loved your books but your obvious attitude of disrespect to your readers and allowing SUCH a horrible casting decision has me vowing to NEVER buy / read another of your books and have no fear not even free on Netflix will I watch this pathetic sell out movie. How sad. Jack would be ashamed to know you.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    My thanks to Playboy for posting this. :-) A great magazine! Also a great interview of a terrific novelist and remarkable thriller-writer. But the upcoming movie is still grossly and overwhelmingly miscast. Hopefully Tom Cruise will let it make a lot of money, and then a big, hulking, macho guy will play the *next* version of Reacher. Hollywood is almost FILLED with big strong guys who can competently portray tough-guy thinkers who are also morally fierce and silently menacing. -- Ky'Zan'
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    You don't need to be a right-wing nutjob or even an American to enjoy Mitch Rapp
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I too was a fan of John D.MacDonald Travis Mcgee series novels, and while reading them I tried to imagine who would be cast as Travis,if ever a Movie were made. No one fit the Billing. I feel the same way about Jack. There is no one who could portray Jack Reacher.It would take an unknown,uncast,newcomer,thatcould make readers believe him to be Jack. I will see the movie and give Tom a chance, just to see the if the action lives up to what I've envisioned.It's Hollywood folks, just entertainment....get over it!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    A late comer to the novels. Read the first 16 in the last 4 months. Had never heard of him before the Playboy interview.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Great Interview! Even if I did have to put up with the naked butts in the side panel. Love the books, and was disappointed to hear that Tommy got the Jack Reacher part. Oh well, we'll just have to see if he can fight while standing on an apple crate.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    However much you stack the shoes bleach the hair, plastic the face, Tom Cruise will never be Jack Reacher, pity Lee Child doesn't act he would be the perfect Jack .
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I prefer hearing "we had to make hard choices" rather than "Reacher's size was just a metaphor." But still, TC is not Reacher. I think it will be a good movie and those who haven't read the book will be thrilled...but it ain't really Reacher.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    When I first heard it Jack Reacher's adventures were going to the movies, my first thought was Vin Diesel, The Rock, or even Steven Segal. Tom Cruise, REALLY? I have read every one of your books, and Mr. Child, you painted the character very specifically, at least for me. Tom Cruise is not that character. It's really too bad. Just my opinion. Steve L.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Interesting to know about the man behind Reacher (Novels).
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Lee - you just lost me dude. How arrogant can you be? Why do you have to say you dislike Thor and Flynn and Baldacci is overrated? You are the sell out for having Tom Cruise as Reacher. I guess the money didn't hurt either. Won't see your movie or read any more of your books.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    You don't have to end it with book 21, write to book 30 first and let Reacher die an old man that is noble and just, he's a hero who dies an old man!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I thank playboy for the interview personally I saw a lot of better actors as the man Reacher than Tom. I didn't think the movie would mean the end of the novels. This would devaste a generation like what Harry Potter did for kids these books got me reading again .
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oh, and one more thing. I recently cleared out my book room, getting rid of hundreds of great books. The only two collections I kept were my Lee Childs and (embarrassed here, but some of them are not mine) the J.D. Robb "In Death" series. It's the Jack Reacher tales that mean the most to me.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sorry but no way was this an issue to cast... hell right off the top Hugh Jackman in Wolverine shape is spot on to the character minus a couple inches.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I can live without the movie, though it's a damn shame since I like the director and most of the casting choices. But hearing that the series is coming to an end is a crushing blow. What am I supposed to do--write my own?
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I would have taken ANY actor over Tom Cruise. I don't pay attention to celeb gossip or any of that nonsense. I just can't stand the idea of him as Reacher. He said that the actor needed 3 qualities? Physique was by far the most important and the other two are based on acting skills. Cruise strikes out on all three. He always plays the same character, I don't find him versatile at all. Maybe when he started out. But now he just has money on his side. Oddly enough I always thought Hugh Jackmen was a good fit, even while I was reading the books and wondering who would play him. I don't want to see the movie. Ill stick to the books thank you.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    The guy who created Jack Reacher whining that somebody else caters to the "pro-torture audience?" Seriously?? Sorry to know I've read my last Reacher. It was a great run until Mr. Child started critiquing politics instead of writing.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    There's "someone else's interpretation of a book," which I would have no problem with, and then there's a commerce driven bad casting call. With Tom Cruise as the main character, this is not a Jack Reacher movie to me. It's just impossible for me to accept a 5'7" 160lbs person as "an unstoppable force."
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I agree. I will definitely not be seeing the movie. I will, however, be honest and say that I don't know if I would go to see ANY Reacher movie. I can't imagine any actor being good enough to supplant the man I visualize when I read Lee Child's books.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    All who are questioning the selection of Cruise......shut up. He is one of the few guys in Hollywood that could get the Reacher franchise off the ground. The director can deal with the size issues, and if you have doubts about Cruise as silent and menacing, have a look at Collateral. Oh yeah and by the way who among you would turn down the payday that a TC could bring to the table. He had the resources to buy the rights to all of the books...nice retirement account for Mr Child.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Hugh Jackman would be a much better choice.. or RAY STEVENSON. Tom Cruise is a joke.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I saw the clip where Reacher is in a circle of men - out to kill him - "are you sure you want to do this?.." but TC kills it with his high squeaky voice and is about as menacing as Mr Bean (I probably look tougher than him and have a deeper voice and I'm all female!) Its sad that of all the tough big guy battered actors out there you could not find one with a bit more Reacher presence. TC is not in the Reacher class at all.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    No no no no no no i can't absolutly accept Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher... no no no no no no no... I love Jack Reacher... Tom Cruise will be not Jack Reacher, never!!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    so how is cruise going to do a proper head butt? I suppose he will have a little stool to stand on...total sell out Mr. Child. There are many big actors with the requirements to play Reacher....you just bent over for hollywood that's all...
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    If there was ever a miscasting as huge as Tom Cruise playing Reacher I don't know what it is? It's like casting Margaret Rutherford as Scarlett O'Hara. It's like casting Dame Judith Evans as maggie the cat in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. It's like casting pee wee Herman as Rhett Butler. I am appalled and astonished. I definitely will give that movie a wide berth. I wouldn't watch it if it were the only entertainment available in the world. Make it not happen. PLEASE
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Just FYI, Lee, I will not allow pretty boy Tommy to contaminate the Jack Reacher who lives in my imagination. He should have played the sergeant with the toothbrush. YOU could have been the ideal Reacher! You look, talk and seem to think like Reacher does. This casting is bad work.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Please please please don't kill Reacher off! I would have to go into mourning, possible for the rest of my life!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I also feel that Tom Cruise should NOT be cast as Jack Reacher. He doesn't fit.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise is NOT and NEVER will be Jack Reacher it has to be a joke. lLove the books, won't be watching the film
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Reacher deserves to live a long life. Please don't kill him off.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    c'mon Lee, are you saying that there's no actor out there who can play Reacher (covering the 3 points mentioned)?!?! Integrity for the character should mean something, I don't get how you could divert so drastically. Shoulda ended with 61 hours, passed the bloodsoaked baton to hollywood, and faded into exiled obscurity, Reacher has been felled by a double-cross, who knew it would be Lee.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    being black would not effect his core identity. lee child explained quite clearly in his various books that reacher is the way he is because he has been huge all his life. i have seen the trailer for the movie now and tom cruise in a fight with reachers style looks ridiculous. aside from his stature, i know many people who will not watch tom cruise movies simply because of how he is in real life. he is a very average actor and certainly doesnt fit your criteria of "quiet". he is actually one of the loudest actors out there in terms of style.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I've become an avid reader since I read One Shot. I jumped around and read probably seven of your books, although, out of order. I've enjoyed each one. Thank you. I didn't know you we're a pot smokin liberal. You say that you love America but, you don't seem to get it. You just kicked around a couple of my favorite people in this interview. You must see some redeemable value in O'reilly. Or maybe you decided not to trash too many of the good guys in one interview. Do me a favor, stay away from politics and just keep writing entertaining books.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Young girls may be in charge of "choosing the movie" and they may choose a Tom Cruise flick, but let's face it: young girls are NOT Jack Reacher's target audience. I'm a middle aged woman and first in line to buy a new Reacher tale - most of my contemporaries, male and female, are Reacher Creatures...but frankly I can't imagine *most* teenage girls/barely legals seeing a Jack Reacher book and thinking "Hmm, this looks good". So Hollywood and action film-goers will be happy with Cruise...but at the end of the day, Lee needs to remember his READERS made the movies possible.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Most of you sound like whingeing a55holes - the decision is Lee's and his alone. You don't own the character and you did not make the books popular, the author did all that. If he wants to make a pile of money and introduce Reacher to a whole new audience, I think that is a brilliant strategy. And BTW, I'm an original Reacher Creature and have read the books from the first publication. you sound like spoiled children who can't get their favorite ice cream flavor and don't want any of the other 32 flavors. Grow Up.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Hardy could do it.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I liked Brad Thor's earlier books...and most of Vince Flynn's. As for the Jack Reacher series, only one or two books were a bit off. Tom Crusie as Jack Reacher? It is certainly not my pick, but I will wait for the movie and as a book fan, give it a chance knowing its a film portrayal. David Balducci? I think Child was a bit harsh, however, in one of Balducci's recents books, David "borrowed" the Reacher character and so much more even .calling his character Puller. Reacher to Puller...same character and plot. I can see his views may be more personal. For the record, Balducci's story was a "JUST OK" Jack Reacher story and some fans may like it and some won't and by resentment.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    "Americans are much more vital than the inbred, pasty-faced people of Britain". Inbred? Pasty-faced? Maybe in East Sussex mate!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jim Cavisiel, the 'Person of Interest' TV show has alot of 'Reacher like' qualities.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    There are much better actors than TC. just read all Lee Child novels and then you know why TC is not the one we want. just take a look in the hollywood actorslist. there are much better actors then TC for this role.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Child's given us this amazing series, cut the man some slack and trust he knows what he's doing with the movie. Jack Reacher may be personal to the the avid readers but at least the slower part of society can enjoy him now.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I have just read this interview. You said you looked ad could not find an actor that had all three essential's. did you think to look at your homeland.There you would have found Clive Owen. He has all that you would have wanted. Kieth Price from England ( not hiding behind Anonymous.)
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Has Lee Child read a Vince Flynn novel? I mean, it's ok if he isn't a fan or even dislikes him, but to the comments he made are a little ridiculous! I am a Vince Flynn fan. I haven't read any of Brad Thor's novels, so I can't comment on them (but many VF fans like Brad Thor as well). I'm all for torture in certain circumstances but I wouldn't call myself a pro-torture enthusiast. And there is a lot more to Flynn's books than torture. Torture is a very small part I feel. I'm not a right-wing person and I don't feel that his novels are one sided.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    After seeing the second 'Jack Reacher' trailer I'm convinced the movie will great. As Child says, it will be it's own thing. The trailer clearly shows Tom Cruise is up for the part.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher....LOL
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Glad I read this. I personally love Vince Flynn but I see what you are saying with Baldacci and Thor. Would love to burn a joint with you too.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I guess the other actors will be working on their knees. Not to mention he's a nut. Cavezeil on "person of Interest " would fit the bill. I won't watch that little Jack-ass. Pathetic.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Very comprehensive interview. Re the movie, I'm willing to see it before I say Cruise is ok or not. Knocking Chaney, supporting unions, are a couple of flags raised to show that he is an elite socialist, surprising to me. But his books are great reads, and I don't not shop at Home Depot because I don't like the CEO's politics..
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise is only the first Reacher as Sean Connery was the first Bond. give Hollywood a chance to get this sorted out. Maybe ten different actors will play Reacher and Mr. Child's readers can argue about the finest portrayal in their dotage. That an entity is willing to spend $150 million dollars on the Reacher brand is VERY cool. Sad to see such rudeness on this stream of comments. This attitude violates the golden rule among other norms of polite behavior. Thanks for all of the superb books LC ! I am currently hooked on "A Wanted Man" another excellent effort. Love the portrayal of the contemporary American Midwest in all of its compelling beauty and bleakness - worth the price of the book.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Great interview! I wonder if Lee wrote it himself. I read allot of interviews before getting married. What's a 5 star interview read like?
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    My thoughts are that Alexander Skarsgard has the size, hair color & age for a real Jack Reacher. He may not have the star quality or acting experience as Tom Cruise, but please everyone consider him for this role. Thanks
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