Please read this quotatation:
He was not what Sorenson had been expecting. Not exactly. He wasn't a gorilla and he wasn't like something out of a slasher movie. But she could see why he had been described that way. He was huge, for a start. He was one of the largest men she had ever seen outside the NFL. He was extremely tall, and extremely broad, and long-armed and long-legged. The lawn chair was regular size, but it looked tiny under him. It was bent and crushed out of shape. His knuckles were nearly touching the ground. His neck was thick and his hands were the size of dinner plates.
For those not already aquainted with him, allow me to introduce Jack Reacher, the hero - and, boy, do I mean heroic! - of the fifteen or so thrillers written by Mr. Lee Childs who is, surprisingly, English by birth and upbringing. Anyway, as I have told you before, Hollywood has just released the first film of Jack Reacher's exploits and the actor playing him is Mr. Tom Cruise. Now, Mr. Cruise has played, many a time and oft', in various action-packed thrillers and it is true to say that he keeps himself in shape but the little midget is only 5'-7" tall. Even I'm taller than that - just! Zillions of people with nothing much better to do, like me, have read, or perhaps devoured is a better word, the many books and we know exactly how Jack Reacher should look - and it definitely ain't like 'Titchy Tom'!
I'm all bitter and twisted about this because I have just finished the very latest Jack Reacher tale, A Wanted Man (absolute corker!), from which I took the quotation above. I can only assume they are all born congenitally stupid in Hollywood because all those zillion Jack Reacher fans who could have been expected to queue up for seats are never going to see their ridiculous film in which it is quite possible that the female lead will be taller than the hero!
However, to cheer me up, I am going to see Les Mis on Friday - can't wait!