With acting and producing credits on more than 40 films, Hollywood has never been a mission impossible for “Jack Reacher” star Tom Cruise. As he muscles his way back into theaters this weekend playing the titular ex-military police investigator from Lee Child’s “One Shot” novel, MTV News spoke with some of the film’s cast and crew to find out what it’s like making a movie with the Hollywood heavyweight.
“The opportunity to work alongside Tom Cruise is a sort of no-brainer,” Rosamund Pike, who plays defense attorney Helen Rodin, said. “I mean, the guy is a legend. You look down Tom Cruise’s backlog of films, and there isn’t a dud one. As soon as you meet him, as soon as you’re in the presence of both him and [screenwriter and director] Christopher McQuarrie, you realize you’re in the presence of true cinephiles. Tom Cruise is a master. He shares his knowledge, and it’s very exciting.”
Cruise and McQuarrie have partnered on a number of scripts, including “Valkyrie,” “All You Need Is Kill” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (for which McQuarrie is uncredited), but “Jack Reacher” marks the first time McQuarrie has taken the director’s chair on a Cruise project. What keeps him coming back?
“He works a lot, and he works full time,” McQuarrie said of Cruise. “It’s a 24-hour-a-day job, which I personally like. You only get one chance to make a movie, and every minute you’re not doing it, you’re wondering, ’What more could I be doing?’ You don’t have that experience on a Tom Cruise movie. You know at the end of the movie you’ve squeezed every last bit of life you could out of it.”
McQuarrie is currently in talks to team up with Cruise again, directing “Mission: Impossible 5.”
“Jack Reacher” hits theaters December 21.