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Herzog relishes turn as villain in Jack Reacher

Published on Dec 25, 2012 2:48 PM
This Oct 3, 2011 file photo shows German film director Werner Herzog during the international MIPCOM audiovisual trade show in Cannes, France. Herzog appears as a terrifying murderer, the "epicentre of evil", opposite Tom Cruise in the new cinematic thriller Jack Reacher, scheduled for release on Dec 21, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - German filmmaker Werner Herzog is taking a rare turn in front of the camera as a cold-blooded murderer in the new thriller Jack Reacher, portraying a character he calls "the epicenter of evil".

Jack Reacher, the Christopher McQuarrie film which just opened in North America, sees Tom Cruise back in action mode as a former military investigator, after his detour into musical comedy with Rock Of Ages.

This is the first time that Reacher - a popular character created by British author Jim Grant (who writes under the pseudonym Lee Child) and hero of about 20 novels - has been depicted on the silver screen.

In the film, Reacher teams up with Helen Rodin (played by Rosamund Pike), the lawyer of a sniper accused of killing five people and taken into custody.

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