Tom Cruise at centre of height row after landing role of 6ft 5in action-book hero

London: Tom Cruise, who is 5ft 7in, has landed in the middle of a height row after he was given the role of a 6ft 5in action-book hero.

Cruise, 49, is to play fictional 18st ex-military cop Jack Reacher in ‘One Shot’, but fans of the best-selling books plan to boycott the movie.

“It’s the worst casting decision,” the Sun quoted a fan as saying.

But Brit Lee Child, who writes the crime thrillers, has backed Cruise.

“Reacher’s size is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way,” he said.