The one name on the lips of most attendees at ThrillerFest was that of Jack Reacher, the beloved noble loner of Lee Child’s creation. The series, which is soon to see its 17th installment, is also on track to premiere its first movie adaptation, entitled Jack Reacher, this December. During a packed event at ThrillerFest spotlighting Lee Child, the British author was on hand to talk about the compelling character he’s created and the most recent controversy concerning the casting of Tom Cruise as everyone’s favorite antihero.
On Creating the Character
According to Child, Jack Reacher is reminiscent of the classic Western hero. Child started writing about the big, brawny American — who clocks in at 6’5” and 250 pounds — after a corporate restructuring in 1995 forced him from his career in British television. Focusing on a character who wandered the wide open spaces of America helped to get Child “out of Britain mentally.” Reacher is the character who comes to the rescue just in the nick of time, and then rides off into the sunset.
On the Impact of Jack Reacher