Alan Ritchson Bows Down to Tom Cruise Even After Fans Brand Him as The Better Jack Reacher

Alan Ritchson appreciates being compared to Tom Cruise, deeming Cruise as the "most legendary actor," despite fans favoring Ritchson's portrayal of Reacher.

Alan Ritchson Bows Down to Tom Cruise Even After Fans Brand Him as The Better Jack Reacher


  • Even though people like Alan Ritchson's version of Reacher better, the actor himself labeled Tom Cruise as the “most legendary actor of all time." 
  • When he was asked if he ever gets tired of being compared to the Mission: Impossible star, the 41-year-old said, "Never."
  • Admiring the superstar, Ritchson went on to say that Cruise brought a lot of eyes to the project and maintained a broader audience appeal.
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Tom Cruise is an absolutely great choice for the role of Jack Reacher. Even though he doesn’t have a mountain man persona depicted in Lee Child’s books, he’s still praised.

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Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher

Another actor, Alan Ritchson, was later cast for the 2022 Reacher series. Ritchson is a tall-looking big man who totally fits the bill. People liked his version of a former U.S. Army Military Police Officer because of the toughness and explicitness that he brought in the action scenes.

But Ritchson himself labeled Cruise as the “most legendary actor of all time.” He reacted to his comparison with the Top Gun: Maverick star for playing Reacher.


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Alan Ritchson Raved Tom Cruise’s Reacher 

Tom Cruise and Alan Ritchson as Jack Reacher
Tom Cruise and Alan Ritchson as Jack Reacher

When Alan Ritchson appeared on Jonatan Blomberg‘s interviews, he was asked about his views on taking on a role that was already played by the legendary star Tom Cruise.

When he was asked if he ever gets tired of being compared with the Mission: Impossible star. To this, the 41-year-old said,


“Never. Being compared to the most legendary actor of all time? The last film star? I would never tire of being compared to somebody of his stature.”

Admiring the superstar, he went on to say, “Look, he did his thing, he brought a lot of eyes to this project that wouldn’t be here otherwise, I think.”

Ritchson then added before signing off,

“There’s some great IP, the books are great, a lot of people have read them and enjoy the show because of them, but I think a lot of people enjoy the show because he made them aware of it.”

The discussion among the fans was sparked after the newest season of Reacher, where they compared Ritchson and Cruise for their portrayals.


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Alan Ritchson Teased the 3rd Season of Reacher

Alan Ritchson
Alan Ritchson in Reacher

Alan Ritchson, who stands 6′ 2″ tall, looks more like Reacher from the original source material. The Smallville actor earned praise from fans for his titular character in Prime Video’s Reacher.

This action drama series is hugely successful for Prime Video, ranking as the #1 title on the streaming platform across all movies and series worldwide for 2023. Its first season was released in 2022, which was adapted from the first Jack Reacher novel, Killing Floor. The ongoing second season is adapted from the eleventh novel, Bad Luck and Trouble.


Now, with the success of both seasons, it’s said that production for season 3 of Reacher is already ongoing. Though it’s not confirmed from which book this season will be taken, speaking with, Ritchson teased that “there’s a lot of classic Reacher stories which are just adventures that he gets sucked into in a big way.” He continued:

“And we get to enjoy Reacher in a new world. It may not have anything to do with family, with his past, he’s just living that adventure out and that’s kind of the direction that we’ve gone and it seems to really be working.”

Reacher is streaming on Prime Video. 


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