Tom Cruise is one of the most well-known action stars working today, with his famous run, death-defying stunt work, and decades of box office successes. But since the actor pushes 60, he, too, seems to be prone to ageism. The writer behind the crime thrillers pulled the plug on Cruise starring in no more after making two Jack Reacher films.
Recently, when series creator Lee Child was asked about his decision to stop Tom Cruise from playing his criminal detective, this is what he said: it seems extremely patronizing, but I think it’s good for him. For this stuff, he’s too old. Welp, on the head, he hit the nail. This sounds patronizing! The best-selling British author thinks that by banning him from the film series, he is doing Tom Cruise somewhat of favour. Lee Child called him “too mature” when he spoke to The Times of London and also concluded with: he’s 57, he needs to move forward, adapt to being an actor of character. He was determined to get out of it for 20 years. He’s a talented person. He’s a sweet, very considerate, very funny guy.
Instead of continuing the franchise with Tom Cruise, Lee Child is currently working on a streaming platform to adapt Jack Reacher for television. He previously announced last year’s decision, also calling the Mission: Impossible actor too short for the part–considering that he is 5’8 and that the character should be 6’5.
The film with a $50 million budget was a hit with a $218 million worldwide box office gross and Tom Cruise at the forefront of Jack Reacher 2012. However, Jack Reacher’s sequel to 2016: Never Go Back was considered a flop when it made nearly half the earnings of the original on doubling the budget. The sequel wasn’t just as successful as the movie was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie in 2012 as well. Yet Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise will continue to work together on Edge of Tomorrow and Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation and Fallout to become regular partners. The fallout was the most successful mission last year: the impossible film of all time. the director and Cruise are teaming up for Mission: Impossible 7 & 8, shot back-to-back and set to be released in summer 2021 and 2022.
For a sequel next summer titled Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise is also returning to his iconic Top Gun roots. The character is daunting to keep up with the younger actors who were introduced to the cast. Jay Ellis said, “I haven’t been running him in a sprint… he’s too good!”Although Miles Teller admitted that” it’s hard “to suit the action star.
Taking into account the success of Tom Cruise in these franchises, it is difficult for Lee Child to argue that he is too old to continue to contribute to the genre. It would be fascinating, however, to see him move forward with more diverse roles. In Rain Man and A Few Good Men, the actor previously showed his dramatic acting chops.