Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher

For those who love Jack Reacher, the character created by Lee Child, the idea that he can be played by Tom Cruise in a forthcoming Reacher movie is laughable - after all, Reacher is supposed to be 6'5"" tall....

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And, yet another new excerpt from the  Reacher movie script with Tom Cruise in the lead role.......

Reacher gazed up at Shelly, the New York cop he had teamed up with at the entrance to the park. They had both spotted the girl being pulled into the fair by  2 guys at the same instant.

Reacher  knew both the girl and the 2 guys, 2 tough Chicanos who worked for El Grande running drugs, girls and whatever anybody wanted at the right price. 

The girl was Julia- a beauty, 19 years old and the daughter of Hector, one of El Grande's runners - one who had been unfortunate enough to get picked up carrying 3 keys of pure cocaine 2 weeks previously.

The Feds had gone hammer and tongs at the guy, and he'd given his word he would testify if they could protect his family. El Grande knew Hector's weakness, knew his daughter was the only thing he gave a damn about, so he snatched her.

Word got to Hector fast - in the joint a guy like El Grande has a thousand contacts - you shut  the fuck up, or your daughter dies.....
So Hector clammed tight - the Feds pushed and pulled, tried their damnedest to get him talking, but he knew the word would get back, and the only words he would say were "get me Jack Reacher".

Reacher knew Hector from way back - he had bonded with the guy when they started in the service on the same day - going through training and 3 postings together before they had lost touch. 

Reacher knew Hector had gone bad - after his wife had died, and he had 3 kids to look after, he had done what he could to keep their heads above water. In his neighbourhood that meant drugs - there wasn't any other industry he could access there... But, what could Reacher do? He was a comrade, and there was a cardinal rule - you never leave a guy behind. ESPECIALLY if the guy is down.

So Reacher told Hector he'd do what he could - and that meant a hell of a lot more to Hector than any promise the Feds could make. He knew Reacher would move heaven and earth, and any number of El Grande's scum who were unfortunate enough to get in his way, to get Julia back.

That was how Reacher came to be at the gate, and how he was able to restrain Shelly when he saw her grabbing for her gun as she saw the guys hustle Julia into the fair.

He had filled her in quickly - noting that she got the message fast, her brow creased with concern as he laid out the situation and told her just how dangerous these guys were.

They hung back, Reacher noting with approval her obvious competence, the way her suit sat well on her frame, maybe 6', slim, but with a well muscled body that was obviously built on hard work in the gym......

They approached the booth, having seen El Grande's men drag Julia into the fairground ride. The ride looked like a ghost train, the lurid sign advertising it as 'El Diablo', the painted devil and flames promising more than could possibly be delivered by what was obviously a 40 year old ride. Reacher wondered at the place of such a thing in a world now populated with IPods, 50 inch TVs and any number of other ways for kids to spend their time.

They went to the paystation, an old wooden box with a plastic window, behind which an old black guy with a grizzled grey beard looked down at them.

"you can go in", the old guy said, his words aimed at Shelly, "but you", and here, his gaze swivelled to look down at Reacher, "you cain't come in".

Reacher started to argue, but the old man just gestured at the sign in front of the first car. Shelly spotted the sign at the same time, sighed and said "you wait here, I'll see what I can do - see if you can find a 'phone and call for backup" with that she was gone, vaulting into the darkness that shrouded the ride's entrance....

Reacher turned to go, feeling the old guy's eyes on his back, worrying for Hector's daughter and the cop he had just met......

If only that sign hadn't been there, he thought, looking back at it, the words "Height Restriction, nobody under 5 feet"  seeming to stare right back at him. He walked away, his head bowed low. An old lady who was passing noticed him - "what's the matter sonny, did you lose your mommy?" Reacher felt a tear forming, and started to run.....
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