Reacher’s Alan Ritchson Tried Channeling Kevin Costner In His First Audition (And Blew It)

For fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, Alan Ritchson might be the perfect on-screen version of the retired military policeman, but it took a hell of a lot for Amazon to cast him in their streaming series.

In fact, Ritchson was initially passed over by Amazon for “Reacher,” only getting the job after a second audition and several meetings with producers.All of that seems strange in light of the fact that “Reacher” broke Amazon streaming records and topped the Nielsen charts upon its debut in 2022.

Not only that, fans responded positively to Ritchson himself.

After Tom Cruise failed to embody the imposing physicality of Child’s massive protagonist in two movies, Ritchson finally delivered a believably hefty Jack Reacher.

But there was more to the character than Ritchson’s 235-pound frame.Reacher posed a challenge for both the writers and Ritchson, due to the fact that he’s famously taciturn in the books,…

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