Alan Ritchson Explains How Jack Reacher Is the American James Bond and He Makes Some Good Points

It’s been a lot of fun to watch Alan Ritchson play Jack Reacher in Prime Video’s Reacher series. He fits the role so well, and this is just such an awesome show!

We’re two seasons into the series so far, and Season 3 is currently in production. During an interview with EW, Ritchson talked about his character and explained how Reacher is the American version of James Bond. He even thinks the character is better than Bond!

He said: “It’s funny, I kind of feel like Reacher is the American James Bond. And I’ve never had more fun playing a character. I love those larger-than-life, over-the-top action thrillers and spy movies and the heists that are smart and ahead of the audience.”

He continued: “That’s really great, but I feel like Bond, to me personally — people are going to hate me for saying this — I love Bond, but I feel like it’s all a little misogynistic and predictable at this point.”

Ritchson adds that he’ll always love the way Bond “can play 4D chess and stay ahead of us and save the world,” but he thinks the character as a bit outdated now. He explained: “Reacher, to me, is like the American Bond, and I think it’s a cool way to go about doing it where it’s a little less purposefully cool.”

Ritchson goes on to say: “He’s not in on how slick he is. I don’t feel like we can have characters these days that are in on the joke. Either they know that they’re funny, they know that they’re smart, they know that they’re very cool or capable or invincible — I feel like it reduces the stakes of stories, and we’ve seen too many movies, we’re too savvy as an audience to be entertained by that.”

He went on to say that he would rather see characters more relatable and flawed than the ultimate perfect spy: “What we want is, when there’s life and death stakes, characters who are not so sure that they’re going to make it, but they just maybe by the skin of their teeth figure it out.”

The actor shared: “And that feels more human to me. That’s more my story. We’re all just figuring it out, and we want to escape somewhere where we trust that somebody will. And maybe it can even be done in sort of a superhero fashion, but we still want to know that there’s a humanity to the people that we escape to.”

He laughed and added: “That’s me, personally, at least. A lot of people can disagree with that and will.”

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