Tom Cruise got a haircut for ‘One Shot’: improved or worse?

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These are the newish photos of Tom Cruise with his new, fancy haircut. I’m not in love with the cut, but it’s probably more age-appropriate for Tom. He’s 49 years old, after all. He can’t do the longish, rock-n-roll hair forever, and God knows, he could still pass for a man 10 or 15 years younger, but I still don’t really like the short look on Tom. CB loves it, and says that if he was 6 inches taller, she would be giving him a second glance. Speaking of Tom’s height (and his lifts!), Tom got this haircut for his new role in One Shot. Apparently, there’s been some controversy with fans of the book – they say Tom is much, much too short.

There’s been a mixed reaction to the news that Tom Cruise is to take on the lead role in his upcoming film adaption of Lee Child’s thriller One Shot. But the 49-year-old actor is continuing with his preparations for the role regardless. The Mission: Impossible star had his hair specially cut for the part in New York.

Some fans of the book have protested against Tom Cruise’s casting, highlighting the problem that the actor is nearly a foot too short for the role. The character Jack Reacher, who Cruise is to play, is six feet five inches tall to the actor’s meagre five foot seven.

Readers have also complained that Tom is also ‘too’ good-looking to play Jack, who is not meant to be especially attractive.

Tom has bought the rights to the One Shot film, which is to be directed by The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie. Die Another Day star Rosamund Pike is set to play the female lead.

Jack Reacher is an ex-United States Army Military Police Major, who has a knack for finding trouble. Filming has already commenced for the film, which is due for release in 2013.

[From The Mail]

Yeah, the height thing would probably bother me too if I had read and liked the book (which I may check out now). If they needed someone tall, why not Timothy Olyphant, y’all? Tall dudes need love (and movie roles) too.

Oh, I wanted to mention this cute little story in In Touch Weekly. Apparently, Tom Cruise has ensured that Suri has a “million dollar jewelry box.” Tom “loves buying jewelry for her, especially vintage and estate pieces” and a friend says, “He’ll see something he likes and just buy it for Suri to give to her when she is older.” That’s actually really nice. I bet Katie sets aside pieces of jewelry for Suri too.

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Photos courtesy of Fame.

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  1. Justaposter says:

    God help me.. I like the new do!

    I think the jewlery story is sweet.. but I wonder if they did this for Isabella? (I hope so)

  2. Astrid says:

    I like the haircut too. But I’m disappointed to learn that he’s Jack Reacher. Same with One for the Money, wrong actor/actress.

  3. brin says:

    Much improved….Xenu is pleased.

  4. po says:

    You know what, I don’t see that as sweet. I think it’s sweet to say pass down items of jewelry that have some type of tradition attached to them like a grandmothers ring or a dress but this is just more stuff for a kid that already probably has too much stuff to begin with. I don’t know, maybe its just me but when this child gets older I think it may give her a sense of accomplishment if she can work to buy her own stuff. I bet Paris Hilton had a lot of jewelry purchased for her. Just saying.

  5. LittleDeadGrrl says:

    To be honest I wouldn’t be especially bothered by those differences. It is hard finding someone who looks exactly like a character and can pull off the personality. Craziness aside he is a good actor and depending on the type of film this is he could make it highly entertaining. That being said I haven’t read the book so I can’t say if he really fits the role or not but physical appearance shouldn’t be the deciding factor imo.

  6. Jackson says:

    I love the new cut! Absolutely hated the longer mop he had been wearing. He looks younger with it, too.

  7. Bex says:

    Aw no, I love the Jack Reacher books, you really must check them out, but TC is absolutely not the right actor to play the role. Jack Reacher is a huge, rough ex-army guy who gets out of situations by pure brute force. I’ve been trying to think about the best actor to play him and the best I can come up with is Alexander Skarsgård blended with a bit of Vin Diesel??

  8. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Tom’s hair is much better and more age appropriate. I wonder if he got it from Ben Affleck’s hair piece vendor to the stars?

    As for Suri, jewelry is a lovely way of saying you care.

  9. ladybert62 says:

    He is going to be Jack Reacher? NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!

    I have read every single Lee Child book with Jack Reacher in it and love the guy – but Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher? NO NO NO NO NO.

    He is an exmilitary cop who is like a self-imposed rogue cop bringing justice to us unfortunates – and loving the women on his way around the USA – but Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher?

    Who made this terrible decision????

  10. serena says:

    Oh god, I love Tom but with this haircut he seems just like Charlie Sheen. ugh.

  11. ladybert62 says:

    The jewelry story – well I suppose it is sweet but these people have way tooo much money!

    Why not spend some of it trying to do some good in the world (you could start by giving some to me! – ha ha)

  12. Eleonor says:

    I can’t stand him for his scientologycrazyness, but I have to give him credit: he looks really good for a 49 years old. I don’t know what he does but all that money he’s given doctors for his face are totally worth of it.

  13. Dibba says:

    Too bad he’s such an arrogant freak.

  14. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Tom looks a decade younger than David Arquette.

  15. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I think the haircut looks great. It reminds me of the old Tom Cruise before he became as much of a Douche.

  16. Nina says:

    He buys the jewelry ‘for Suri’, huh? I’m sure he just has to try them on first to see if they’ll be something she’ll like; can he help it if they make him look FABULOUS? And I bet he totally, tooootally doesn’t hum ‘I’m so pretty’ from Westside Story while doing so.
    ;)

    But yeah, the haircut looks good.

  17. Kara Ann says:

    @#12 Eleanor

    You took the words right out of my mouth! Looks Great for 50 years old. So scientologized that he’s frightening!

  18. Sue says:

    The hair is a great improvement and he looks his age no older or younger.

  19. Ari says:

    LOL @ Nina >_< that made me make an ew face at thinking him trying on jewelry haha

    I love the haircut btw but yeah he should not be doing this role – why cant he just direct!?

  20. vic says:

    That is not a Jack Reacher hairstyle. So much of this character and the book series is based on his brute strength, size and don’t give a crap attitude about looks. Not a good fit.

  21. Roxy750 says:

    I know everyone, it’s almost blasphemy but…I l-i-k-e it.

  22. TXCinderella says:

    WAY better!!! Glad he got rid of that stupid looking euro-do.

  23. Nancy C. says:

    is that lady punching him??

  24. Amanda says:

    MUCH improved

  25. Saskia says:

    Why in the WORLD is Tom Cruise going to play Jack Reacher when Kevin Durand is alive and well and, according to IMDb, available for the part?

  26. Sue says:

    THe hair looks good. He is too old and too short to play Jack Reacher. Who thought up this fabulous bit of casting? Someone like a younger Kiefer Sutherland would be good. He’s a little rough around the edges, good looking, tough. Mark Walhberg could be good as well. Tom is just too old to be playing the action hero.

  27. whitedaisy says:

    Haircut looks good; absolutely WRONG for the part of Jack Reacher.
    They should have used an unknown for the role, big and brawny but quick-thinking as Lee wrote the character.
    This movie will bomb because Cruise bought himself into the role.

  28. Denise says:

    I have always liked Tom and he seems to be a great father; people need to stop hating for no reason. And yes, the hair looks good. Tom and Keanu remind me of the good old days before reality trash became the new celebrity.

  29. mamaT says:

    NOT REACHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats even worse the the morelli casting!

  30. MIke says:

    I feel bad for Tom Cruise. Everyone’s always getting on him bout his height, but the poor guy can’t help it. There’s nothing anyone can do about how tall they are genetically predisposed to being. It’s kind of like making fun of someone because their eyes are brown and not blue.

  31. shelbs says:

    waaaaaaaaay better!!!!

  32. hairball says:

    I LOVE this hair cut on guys. Much improved.

  33. aman says:

    I’ve never really cared about Tom Cruise one way or another in the past but I will now forever despise the bastard for ruining one of my fav books. And for all of u out there who are taking his side, all I can say is please,please just read the books and see if u still feel the same way.

  34. Lisa says:

    He looks WAY better.

    If the height of the character is somehow integral to the story, I could see it being a problem; if not, I don’t see what the big deal is (though I’m no fan of Cruise anymore, what with his $ (which comes from fans going to see his movies) going to Scientology)

  35. Nymeria says:

    @ Lisa (#34) – Yes, Jack Reacher’s physical size is WAY integral to the story. And to the entire series, but that’s getting a bit beyond ourselves. The point is that Reacher (as he’s known in the books) is so impressively tall & muscular (6’5″ & 240 lbs, I think) that he slams people around like they’re Barbie dolls, which is a tactic usually employed to get Reacher out of a sticky situation. (The Reacher books are pretty formulaic.) Reacher’s in trouble? He’ll either slam four guys around (AT ONCE) until they’re bloody lumps, or he’ll find a way to talk his way out of the trouble, or a combination of both. He also uses his impressive physical strength to break out of barred prison cells (no joke) & destroy metal cabinets. (The thought of Tom Cruise doing these things on film is literally laughable to me.) I could go on, but… yeah, the height & sheer physical strength of Reacher is integral to all of the books. Minor note: Reacher has blonde hair, damn it, not brown!

  36. Ruffian9 says:

    Haircut looks good. Guy beneath it still a freak.

  37. Jilli says:

    Good looking man.

  38. Sanka says:

    I guess no one remembers the controversy when he was cast as Lestat in “Interview with a Vampire.” In the book, Lestat was chosen by his sire because of his stature and good looks (tall, attractive and blonde).

  39. DreamyK says:

    Hair looks great.

  40. KatScorp says:

    Tom Cruise is 5’7″? Was he standing on his tippytoes when measured?

    My online bookstore sent this to me in a recent e-mail:

    Dear *******,

    The biggest Jack Reacher news this year has to be the announcement of little Tom Cruise being cast as the enormous Jack Reacher in the upcoming film of One Shot. Sadly, I can do nothing to change this decision, but I can take your mind off it by offering you a new Jack Reacher novel to read, The Affair.

    Made me giggle.

  41. foozy says:

    good to see him do more movies again

  42. Semper says:

    He’s always looked best with shorter hair. From a purely physical standpoint he’s going to be one hot 50 year old.

  43. Andie B says:

    I have always had a soft spot for Tom..yes, it’s said that he is weird, strange, arrogant and does bizarre things. I know this, and yet I still like him. So it’s a big thumbs up for the new hairdo.

  44. Anoni Mus says:

    He looks fantastic for (almost) 50. Keep the short hair, Tom!

  45. curtis says:

    I like Tom’s haircut here. he should keep this hair up. it looks good on him. check out trendy hairstyle here.