10 actors that could have been Jack Reacher

by Anthony Craig Roberts | created - 23 Nov 2012 | updated - 03 Dec 2012 | Public

Tom Cruise is NOT Jack Reacher! These are the top actors (in my opinion) that should have had the role of Jack Reacher in the new movie.

Just remember that Tom Cruise's height is not the only bad thing about the movie, there are lots of reasons the fans do NOT want Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher, from his baby-face to his childish and cheesy grin.

Jack Reacher is 6' 5", with a 50-inch chest and weighs in around 210 - 250 pounds and he was a military police Major, which means he has to be the best of the best (policing highly trained army-men isn't easy you know). :P

1. Ray Stevenson

Actor | Thor

Tall, dark, but somewhat gentle-looking actor Ray Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 25 May 1964, on a British army base. His father was a British pilot in the Royal Air Force, and his mother is Irish. He moved with his family to Lemington, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1972 at ...

One of the tallest in the list and one of the best physical appearance of Jack Reacher around. There are cons to everyone on this list, and Ray's is that his accent is a little too British. I recommend you to watch Dexter to get a better visualize of what could have been Jack Reacher.

2. Anson Mount

Actor | Crossroads

Anson is an American actor, born in Mount Prospect, IL and grew up in White Bluff, Tennessee. His mother is Nancy Smith, a former professional golfer. His father Anson Adams Mount II was one of the original contributing editors to Playboy magazine. Anson has an older brother Anson Adams III and a ...

He may not be 6' 5" and he may have long sway hair, but with a hair cut and a couple more changes, he is my second top actor for the role of Jack Reacher. I recommend you to watch Hell on Wheels to get a better visualize of what could have been Jack Reacher.

3. Jim Caviezel

Actor | The Passion of the Christ

James Patrick Caviezel was born on September 26, 1968 in Mount Vernon, Washington. He was one of five children born to Margaret (Lavery), a former stage actress, and James Caviezel, a chiropractor. The Caviezels are a closely knit Catholic family. He is of Irish (mother) and Swiss and ...

Jim Caviezel is also not tall enough to portray Jack Reacher, but lets face it...that's not the only reason we don't agree with the casting of Tom Cruise. I recommend you to watch Person of Interest to get a better visualize of what could have been Jack Reacher.

4. Timothy Olyphant

Actor | Justified

From Timothy Olyphant's first screen appearances, such as his two-minute bit in The First Wives Club (1996), to "Nicko", whose presence at times dwarfed the island in A Perfect Getaway (2009), he has been a force to be reckoned with.

Born in Hawaii, Timothy David Olyphant was raised in Modesto, ...

Timothy Olyphant's downsides are not only to do with height, but also physical appearance too. He is not the best well-built actor of the list compared to Jack Reacher's 50-inch chest, but he is a great actor and has the general look of Jack Reacher. I recommend you to watch The Crazies to get a better visualize of what could have been Jack Reacher.

5. Sean Bean

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Sean Bean's career since the eighties spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and ...

I don't know about you, but I don't really want an a-list star playing as Jack Reacher. It will just ruin the fact that is Jack Reacher - he comes and he goes, and that is one of my biggest downsides to Sean Bean playing Jack Reacher. But saying all that, Sean Bean would be a great Jack Reacher for the physical side of things. I won't recommend a movie for Sean Bean, 'cause most of you already know what he's like.

6. Viggo Mortensen

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness (1985), Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances.

Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was...

Another short, a-listed star...but Viggo is different. In all the films he has acted in, he has not once looked exactly the same (unlike Tom Cruise - which is no competition). He has played a 6' 6" hunter in The Lord of the Rings, if Peter Jackson and his crew can make a 5' 10" man look that tall, then so can Lee Child. I recommend you to watch The Road to get a better visualize of what could have been Jack Reacher.

7. Liam Neeson

Actor | Schindler's List

Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by ...

He may look shorter than the rest, but he is the closest height to Jack Reacher in this list (6' 4"). The downside for Liam Neeson is that he doesn't actually look like the drifter, Jack Reacher. And he is also an a-listed star, but a great damn actor! I recommend you to watch Taken and Taken 2 to get a better visualize of what could have been Jack Reacher.

8. Hugh Jackman

Actor | Les Misérables

Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film ...

He matches up to Clive Owen with the height and the good acting, but what makes Hugh Jackman beat him? I do not frankly know! I would actually say it's a draw in between Jackman and Owen. I recommend you to watch X-Men: Wolverine Origins or X-Men: First class (which he is only in for a few seconds) to get a better visualize of what could have been Jack Reacher.

9. Clive Owen

Actor | Closer

British actor Clive Owen is one of a handful of stars who, though he is best known for his art house films, can handle more mainstream films with equal measures of grace and skill. Owen is typically cast as characters whose primary traits are a balance of physical strength, intellect, conflicting ...

As said above I don't quite know why he's on the list, apart from he looks like what I imagine to be Jack Reacher and that he is a good actor. I recommend you to watch Shoot 'em Up to get a better visualize of what could have been Jack Reacher.

10. Mark Wahlberg

Producer | The Fighter

American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to acclaimed actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed (2006) who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter (...

The smallest of the group and maybe the cheesiest looking, but he is a great underrated, a-listed actor (if that is possible). If he acts the part, and I mean REALLY acts the part of Jack Reacher, I think he would hit it just about spot on, but that is a big if. I recommend you to watch Shooter to get a better visualize of what could have been Jack Reacher.