Originally Posted by rtstr
You say this as if Tom Cruise is some wonderful actor... nobody respects that dude anymore. His movies are trash and his character portrayal is some of the lamest in Hollywood. Ryan Reynolds sells more movie tickets than Tom Cruise now.
I don't know. MI4 made almost $700 million worldwide. Knight and Day made $250 million. Valkyrie made $200 million. MI3 made almost $400 million. War of the Worlds made almost $600 million. Rock of Ages and Lions for Lambs did pretty horribly.
That's five-for-seven of his last seven flicks he made (I didn't include Tropic Thunder because it wasn't really a star vehicle for Cruise). Throw in the hoopla for a MI5, a Top Gun 2 and the fact this is his first big movie since his split from Katie Holmes, and you'll have a lot of people still interested in what he can do.
As for Reynolds, Bill Simmons said it best in this column (http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...e-movie-star):
"When Green Lantern badly underperformed last weekend, it shouldn't have been surprising, because Reynolds isn't a movie star (despite Hollywood's best efforts to convince us otherwise). You know how I know this? We just spent the past 10 years compiling evidence that said, emphatically, "Ryan Reynolds can't carry a bad movie." Or, really, any movie."
Simmons actually details Reynolds career, and shows how Reynolds really isn't a box office movie star.
I agree that there's no way that Cruise should be Reacher, and wouldn't even be on my top 100 list. But if I was Lee Child, I'd be over the moon that Cruise in the movie. He's the best chance of making a lot of money, having sequels and really creating a franchise. The audience will be larger than if someone else starred in the movie (which means more books sold).