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Jack Reacher Author Says Tom Cruise Is Getting Too Old For Action

Uh-oh. It looks like someone out there is daring to doubt actor Tom Cruise’s viability as an action star in the years to come. As many of us film fans know, Tom Cruise is well-known not only as a fantastic Oscar-caliber actor, but someone who’s willing to put an entire production on the line to perform his own stunts. He notably does amazingly huge set pieces for the Mission: Impossible movies, and those things seem to only get better.

But he’s also starred in plenty of other big franchises, including in two Jack Reacher movies, where he played the title character. He first starred in Jack Reacher under Christopher McQuarrie and then later Jack Reacher: Never Go Back under Edward Zwick, but neither was a huge hit, necessitating another reboot.

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“Cruise was reluctant,” Jack Reacher author Lee Child said to The Sunday Times, referring to Cruise having to give up playing the character. “He had his own investment in it, he was going to argue against it. It sounds extremely patronizing but I think it’s good for him. He’s too old for this stuff. He’s 57, he needs to move on, transition to being a character actor. He could get another 20 years out of it. He has the talent. He’s a terrific guy, very considerate, good fun.”

Of course, many of us film fans have been wondering how long Cruise would be able to keep burning the candle at both ends. While there are some actors like Liam Neeson have proven that action is still possible at a later age, they don’t do nearly the amount of bone-breaking work Cruise does.

So, how many years does Cruise have left? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: The Sunday Times (via The Independent)

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