『ジャック・リーチャー』エドワード・ズウィック監督が最新作に太鼓判! 「この脚本とトムがいることで、このジャンルは絶対面白いことができるに違いない」


トム・クルーズ主演の『ジャック・リーチャー NEVER GO BACK』が公開中だ。正義のためには手段を選ばず、元米軍エリート秘密捜査官=現在は街から街へ放浪を続ける一匹狼ジャック・リーチャーの孤高の戦いを演出した監督は、トムと放った『ラストサムライ』(03)のエドワード・ズウィック。最新作について「満足するはずさ!」と監督は太鼓判を押す。


――主人公のジャック・リーチャーは本国で大変な人気だそうですが、監督ご自身はどのように考えていますか?

このストーリーとキャラクターには、すぐに共感したよ。ジャック・リーチャーは、アメリカン・ヒーローの典型でね。現代版の浪人だよね。彼はルールと組織に縛られた人生を捨て、それと引き換えに感情的な束縛と責任から解放された、放浪生活を手にした男だよ。

――犯罪スリラーという側面では監督ご自身とはなじみが薄かったかもしれないですが、アクションという側面ではトムとも実績があります。

これまで、アクションがふんだんに盛り込まれた作品をたくさん手がけてきて、キャラクターに寄り添う作品にも数多くかかわってきている。だからトムがこの脚本を読んでほしいとアプローチしてきたとき、それらをすべて集約できる素晴らしい機会だと思ったよ! この脚本とトムがいることで、このジャンルは絶対面白いことができるに違いないってね。


――トムはもちろん、スーザン・ターナー少佐役のコビー・スマルダーズがトムと同様に光る存在感で、全力疾走のシーンとか意外でした。

コビーは我々の秘密兵器だったよ(笑)。もともと彼女はコメディーに天性の才能があるけれども、ドラマ性を表現する見事な技も持ち合わせている女性だ。これまで世の中にはあまり見せる機会がなかっただけのこと、じゃないかな。ハリウッドでよく引き合いに出されるような美しくカッコいいだけの女性像よりも、ずっと豊かなキャラクターになったよ。

――リーチャーを執拗に追う、ハンター(パトリック・ヒューシンガー)というキャラクターにもシビれました。彼はリーチャーを追い越したいだけの男で、その冷酷残忍な設定もリアリティーがありました。

彼はリーチャーとよく似たスキルを身につけてはいるけれど、年齢が若い。彼は正義の心に突き動かされるのではなく、競争相手を排除することへの病んだ情熱を持っている。彼は伝説のジャック・リーチャーを倒すことで、自分自身の存在を証明したいだけだなんだ。


――『ジャック・リーチャー NEVER GO BACK』を楽しみにしている日本のファンへ一言、お願いします。

日本に戻って来られてとてもうれしいです。クリエイティブな人生にとって、日本は非常に大きな意味のある場所です。トムと新しく作った映画も、満足していただけるはずです。

『ジャック・リーチャー NEVER GO BACK』は絶賛公開中!


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That cat is up to something, and we want no part of it.
WHOA
"What, what is this?"
"You'd rather take a picture of a straw than take one of me?
"Took a picture of baby Avery and dachshund Milo tunneled behind her to get in the picture." -Submitted By: Diane Lenier
Watch out, baby!
Who's bombing who?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
"Oh sorry, wrong room."
"What are you reading?"
At least someone is trying to stop these from happening.
Nothing like a perfectly timed tail.
The beer is poison!
"Why are you taking pictures of butts?"
It's cool, he's the new boom mic operator.
"My turn next!"
Just really happy to be here.
At least that last guy is in the picture.
This cat's great-grandchildren are probably in this slideshow as well.
"Turn left on Sunset."
"I want to sit on the chair."
Sneak attack is underway.
Stopping inappropriate Facebook photo uploads since 2008.
How is he even doing that with his neck?
What are you doing here?
Also: "Soon"
Talk about a third wheel.
The other cat REALLY doesn't like glamour shots.
"Um, I think someone forgot my Fancy Feast."
"Do I smell fish?"
"Um, a little help?"
What is this contraption.
We're assuming that this guy was attempting to take an underwater selfie.
"Ignore me!"
He does not approve.
His night vision is perfect for interrupting hipster photo shoots.
He stood on that pinecone to get in this photo: commitment.
"Sorry, did I ruin your postcard?"
Still part of the family.
Maybe planned, still terrific.
"My husband and I were taking our border collie, Jack, out for his daily beach run and play. (This) is the photo of him being photobombed. I didn't see the dog until I saw it on the screen after the photo was taken."- Submitted By Laura Hancock
"I was trying to take a picture of this cute Waterbuck calf, when it's mom stepped in to see what I was doing to her baby...LOL." Submitted by: Karen Stephens
"I was taking a picture of my cat Simon one day when Teddy got a bit jealous (like he always does). Hope you enjoy!" Submitted by: Hali Jakeman
Submitted by: Karen Lyons Kalmenson
In our experience cats really do hate driving.
This dog is huge!
Where was this cat standing?
Submitted By: Kylee Callahan
"Here is Badger, completely unaware of his archenemy Groucho doing the bombing..." -Submitted By: Kimberly Rai Cook
Submitted By: Heather Smith Robitzek
Submitted By: Christopher Guignon
Hey! Me too, right?
Submitted By: Alan Kelly
"Photobomb of my dachshund with my then 3-month-old daughter." -Submitted By: Melanie Walsh
Submitted By: Jean Seraichyk
This goat would clearly lose hide-and-seek.
That cat takes itself way too seriously.
"I was taking head shots for a friend when Albert kept entering the frame and posing. This is the shot when my friend had had enough." - Submitted By: Kathlyn Horan
These cows would have been such a good background otherwise.
Submitted by: Blacky Bokich
All the dog that's fit to photograph.
Aflac has to be responsible for this.
Submitted By: Alexandra Foster
Submitted By: Reese Levine
"My husky is pretty angry she's not included in the picture." -Submitted By: Kimberly Fernandez
Submitted By: Marcelle Gonzalez
Submitted By: Jenny Haniver
Submitted By: Ren Meier
"An animal photobomb taken in the "off leash" portion of Austin's Town Lake hike and bike trail. This is actually our dog, presumably telling us how she really feels about the new baby!" -Submitted By: Joanna
Just wait for it.
"Well, hello!"
"I make this look easy."
The lion doesn't even know he is posing, he's just naturally suave.
This dolphin really deserves credit for making this picture great.
"Dog park fun (Jack, Marley, and Kiana) getting their picture taken when a great dane decides to make a cameo!!" -Submitted By: Brynn Fesler
"I'm part of the family too. Why shouldn't I be in the picture?"
"Another animal is getting more attention than me!"
Maybe this was planned?
"Oh, you were taking a picture?"
Just a man, a woman, and their horse.
Even dogs can enjoy 3D.
The photographer is holding a steak.
This donkey has a place to go.
HEEYYYY!
Quick window bomb before flying away.
Just gonna sneak in here.
Cool boat, dude.
Pretty scenic, huh?
Bet he didn't see that coming.
Is this cute or just incredibly creepy?
Finally worked!
Nope, FCC cat doesn't approve of this.
Get a room.
Down here!
He knew what he was doing.
Sweet picture, dude.
Classic.
HEY!
This probably ended well.
Don't get out of the car.
Double Bomb.
That couch looks pretty comfy.
Dude, pipe down over there.
What's he planning?
When you gotta go, you gotta go.
Up close and personal.
You're never too young to get photobombed.
Cute couple.
C'mon, ditch the girl and come play with this ball.
Not just any goat bomb, but a sarcastic goat bomb.
Sup?
Cool speech, bro.
Nice costume, kid.
Cheeeeeese!
This way's better.
A fun-filled day at the park.
What are you guys up to?
Seriously?
Poor dog never even saw it coming.
BEHIND YOU!
Bears have needs, too.
Don't let the hair distract you from the bomb.
C'mon, I'm cute too.
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