Actors Who Would Have Been A Better Choice To Play Jack Reacher Than Tom Cruise.

We all know Tom Cruise has ruined Jack Reacher for fans of the Lee Child's novels. Why was he cast when there are so many better choices out there?
Fans of the novels have had some sort of picture in their heads of how their version of Jack Reacher would look which is why this list is so varied. While I personally do not agree with a lot of the suggestions, they would all have been better choices than Tom Cruise who quite simply does not have the range, depth or height to pull off the Jack Reacher we all know and love.

And it seems the critics agree.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790724/criticreviews

The top 10 are my own personal favourites while the rest are in no particular order and are the suggestions of imdb and facebook users. I may have relegated some of the "prettier" choices to the bottom of the list though...

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Some of these choices have been added via these facebook pages. Thank you to the first pages creator for posting here so I could add more people to this list.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tom-Cruise-is-NOT-Jack-Reacher/235064983191296

https://www.facebook.com/reacherfriends

At the time I am writing this we are at almost 30,000 views. Thank you to everyone who has made a suggestion or commented below. Your voices HAVE been heard, albeit just not by the "right" people.
In fantasy land, I do hope that at least one person who was involved with this movie has seen this. Even more so this update with how many views this list has received. I hope that one day in the future there will be another attempt at making this movie. And if that happens, more thought will be put into their casting choice.
So...people of the internet, I thank you for how ever you came upon this list. I am assuming it is via one of the facebook pages above. Keep up the good fight and DO NOT give them your money! Buy Lee Child's books second hand and do not buy the DVD just "to see" what all the fuss is about. They need to understand that they can not put profit before the fans.

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When I read this interview I almost punched my computer screen. There was NO need to compromise any of the characteristics that define Jack Reacher. We have a list of 51 actors submitted by the fans [yes some of them are jokes, but so is Tom Cruise. Badum tish], you know, the people who read the books and pay to see movies. The people who KNOW what they want when they are spending their money to be entertained, be it by the written word or the big screen.

PLAYBOY: Paramount cast the diminutive Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher. You’ve been quoted as saying you don’t object. Come on—Reacher’s size and ruggedness are an essential part of his appeal. You have to be disappointed.

CHILD: Disappointed is the wrong word. When you transfer a book to the screen, something’s going to give. It seems to me there are three essential things about Reacher. First, he’s smart. Second, he’s still and quiet yet menacing. Third, he’s huge. It was always likely we were going to lose one of those characteristics. The question was which. For a long time we were fixated on his physique. We had to have a big guy. But we got nowhere. There were no actors big enough who could do even one of the other things. Then it came as an epiphany. Give up the physique and concentrate on Reacher’s smartness and quietness.

http://www.playboy.com/playground/view/playboy-interview-lee-child

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Here comes the science...

From wikipedia

Biographical information

Jack Reacher is a former United States Army Military Police Major. He was born on a military base in Berlin in 1960. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he served 13 years in the Military Police, during which time he became part of a fictional military police unit, the 110th Special Investigations Unit, formed to handle exceptionally tough cases, especially those involving members of the United States Army Special Forces.
Though he was demoted from Major to Captain in the prequel novel The Enemy, he regained the rank of Major by the time he mustered out in 1997. He received many military awards during his career, including the Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Soldier's Medal, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in the bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983.
Since leaving the Army, Reacher has been a drifter. He wanders throughout the United States because he felt he never got to know his own country, having spent his youth living overseas on military bases. He usually travels by hitchhiking or bus. As a drifter, the only possessions he carries are money, a foldable toothbrush and, after 9/11, an expired passport. He wears his clothing for 2–3 days before discarding it, usually purchasing new clothing cheaply from chain outlets. He has no steady income and lives on savings in his bank account and part-time jobs. At various points during the series, his bank account is supplemented by taking money from his enemies. Reacher knows how to drive although he is admittedly not a very good driver. He has never possessed a driver's license.

Physical appearance

Reacher is a giant, standing at 6' 5" tall (1.96m) with a 50-inch chest, and weighing between 210 and 250 pounds (100–115 kg). He has ice-blue eyes and dirty blond hair. He has very little body fat, and his muscular physique is completely natural (he reveals in Persuader, he has never been an exercise enthusiast.) He is exceptionally strong but is not a good runner. Reacher is strong enough to break a man's neck with one hand (Bad Luck and Trouble) and kill a villain with a single punch to the head (Running Blind and 61 Hours) or chest (Worth Dying For). In a fight against a 7 foot, 400 lb steroid-using thug (Persuader), Reacher was able to lift his opponent into the air and drop him on his head.
Reacher has various scars, most notably a scar on his abdomen caused by a bombing in Lebanon. He also has a 3-4 inch thin white scar that intersects his shrapnel scar that he received during a knife fight with Al-Qaeda operative Lila Hoth. Reacher mentions how the rough stitch work from his existing scar helped decrease the severity of his most recent attack. However, the cut did produce a deep, serious gash that led to Reacher passing out from blood loss.He also has a scar on his chest from a .38 bullet, a tear drop burn scar from close range gunshot that crossed his chest at point blank range,and one on his arm where his brother struck him with a chisel in his youth.
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Alexander Rhodes
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Warwick Davis
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Ray Stevenson
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Joe Manganiello
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Sean Bean
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Christopher Lambert
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Robert Leeshock
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Neil Flynn
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Liam Neeson
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Ron Perlman
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Anthony Michael Hall
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Clancy Brown
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Titus Welliver
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Daniel Craig
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Matthew Modine
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Dwayne Johnson
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Dolph Lundgren
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Liev Schreiber
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Viggo Mortensen
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Russell Crowe
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Hugh Jackman
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Jim Caviezel
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Matthew Fox
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Clive Owen
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Mickey Rourke
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John Cena
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan
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Timothy Olyphant
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Trace Adkins
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Eric Bana
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Brad Pitt
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Jason Statham
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Ben Affleck
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Geoff Stults
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Chris Hemsworth
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Paul Walker
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Armie Hammer
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David Boreanaz
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Alexander Skarsgård
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Ryan Reynolds
Actor, Deadpool
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Jensen Ackles
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Jared Padalecki
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Ashton Kutcher
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Gerard Butler
Actor, 300
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