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Cruise wanted author's blessing

Tom Cruise wanted author Lee Child's approval before he agreed to play detective Jack Reacher in One Shot.

While British thriller writer Lee - who created the character in his best-selling books - is happy with the casting of the Hollywood superstar in the lead role, describing him as "quite possibly the best actor of the generation," some fans had expressed their disappointment, particularly since the character has a 6' 5" frame.

"You know, my take on it is, if Lee's happy, then I'm happy," the actor told Empire.

"We're going to do our best to capture the tone and the story and the essence of the character."

He continued: "Him giving me his blessing was what made me do it. It was the same with (director) Chris McQuarrie and his script. If he was OK with it, then I was OK with it."

Addressing the issue of being shorter than the character in the books, he said: "What Lee said to me was that the reason he wrote him that size is because that was just one element to his character, and that opened the door to me playing him."

He said: "He (Lee) gave me his blessing. That was important to me. If he hadn't then I wouldn't have done it."

The actor said: "Reacher is such a great character. He doesn't have a cell phone, he doesn't have email. He's off the grid. He pays for things in cash. He's not at the whim of the pressures of bureaucracy, so he tends to see things clearer than others.

"You know, people look at things through the prism of the colours of their life, but Jack Reacher does things the way we want to sometimes. In that sense he's a sort of Dirty Harry, a James Bond, a Josey Wales."

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