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