CO­BIE SMUL­DERS LEAPS INTO AC­TION WITH TOM CRUISE

Co­bie Smul­ders was over­awed to find her­self work­ing along­side Tom Cruise in the lat­est Jack Reacher movie after years as a fan

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The first Jack Reacher movie was a bit of a sleeper – what did you like about it? I re­ally like the char­ac­ter of Jack Reacher – I thought he was in­ter­est­ing. He’s sort of like a lone wolf – this vi­o­lent but honourable char­ac­ter – and I thought it was vis­ually re­ally in­ter­est­ing. That’s trans­ferred into our film a bit be­cause it has the same sort of tone and film-noir look to it. It’s like an old Hol­ly­wood mys­tery film. It’s very Amer­i­cana in its tone – I feel like that’s a filter on your In­sta­gram or some­thing – a throw­back to an Amer­ica of a dif­fer­ent time.

What can you tell me about Jack Reacher: Never Go Back? It’s a se­quel but not re­ally. It’s more a sec­ond movie and Tom is repris­ing his role as Jack Reacher but that’s the only thing that’s a con­tin­u­a­tion from the first. Ba­si­cally, what hap­pens is a flir­ta­tion be­gins over the phone and Jack de­cides to come into town and take my char­ac­ter out for din­ner, and when he ar­rives he finds out that I have been ar­rested. He be­lieves – after some other sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity that hap­pens – that I am in­no­cent, so he comes into jail and breaks me out. For the rest of the movie we are ba­si­cally on the run from other mil­i­tary po­lice of­fi­cers and a mys­te­ri­ous group of con­tract killers.

Th­ese are as much as any­thing Tom Cruise movies, with a cap­i­tal T and a cap­i­tal C. Were you a fan and how was that first meet­ing? Who isn’t a fan of Tom Cruise? He has been in so many amaz­ing movies. I was re­ally into Cock­tail when I was younger – prob­a­bly the most – fol­lowed by Top Gun. I didn’t re­ally dis­cover Risky Busi­ness un­til later in life be­cause I was so young when it came out Rain Man is a frig­ging amaz­ing movie. He has worked with such amaz­ing di­rec­tors and film­mak­ers and his thirst for knowl­edge is con­ta­gious. He’s in­ter­ested in ev­ery­thing that has to do with film­mak­ing and will­ing to share all that in­for­ma­tion.

Is there some­thing weird about meet­ing some­one who may have been your teenage crush or whose posters you had on your wall? I don’t know if he was ever my crush – cer­tainly he’s at­trac­tive – so it wasn’t that for me. But we got along so well from the be­gin­ning that I’d like to think I was very cool. I cer­tainly be­came cooler with time.

He gets a bit of a bad rap some­times but I am yet to talk to an ac­tor who has a bad word to say about him. Why is that? He’s won­der­ful, he truly is. He’s so wel­com­ing and ac­com­mo­dat­ing, not just to me but to ev­ery­body.

As you said, Jack Reacher is a bit of a lone wolf and there seems to be a bit of a spate of th­ese movies. Why do you think th­ese part jus­tice, part vengeance movies are hit­ting a bit of a sweet spot at the mo­ment? I don’t know – but it’s a pretty scary time we are liv­ing in, isn’t it? I think there is some­thing about want­ing some­body to come in and fix all the prob­lems of the world and take care of ev­ery­body. There is some­thing that is honourable about Jack Reacher. He’s quick and ef­fi­cient and he gets the job done by what­ever means nec­es­sary. Maybe there is some­thing in that.

Clearly your char­ac­ter is no damsel in dis­tress – nor is Agent Hill from the Marvel movies. Are ac­tion roles be­com­ing bet­ter for women? I think they are be­com­ing more avail­able. There has al­ways been women in­volved in ac­tion movies but they maybe haven’t been as hands on, and the cool thing about this one in par­tic­u­lar is that we are equals. There were a cou­ple of times on set where Jack/ Tom would be do­ing some­thing and we would all look at each other and go “wait, that doesn’t make sense – I would have more knowl­edge with that, shouldn’t I just do it?” And be­cause Tom is so gen­er­ous, he’d be like “well yeah, you should to that – just do more”.

Jack Reacher: Never Look Back opens today

Pic­ture: GETTY IMAGES

Ac­tors Tom Cruise and Co­bie Smul­ders at­tend the movie’s fan screen­ing.

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