Religion and Spirituality


New Cruise Movie Opposed by German Minister

July 06, 2007 09:34 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The filming of a Tom Cruise movie about an attempt on Hitler’s life is jeopardized by the star’s links to Scientology, an American religion that Germany classifies as a dangerous cult.

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German Defense Minister Franz Josef has stated that the makers of a movie about an attempt to kill Hitler in 1944 will not be allowed to film on historic sites.

The defense ministry says this stance is taken to protect the dignity of military memorials. However, Josef has explicitly objected to the beliefs of the male lead, Tom Cruise, a Scientologist.

Cruise is slated to play Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, the German army officer who masterminded the failed assassination plot.

Simply put, Josef does not want Stauffenberg, who is remembered as a hero, to be played by a Scientologist.

Josef's attitude to Scientology reflects that of the German legislature. In Germany, Scientology is classed as a cult and monitored as an antidemocratic element.

In contrast, the U.S. government recognizes Scientology as a religion.

Cruise’s connection to Scientology was one of a number of factors that combined to create a flurry of bad press for the star in 2005 and 2006. Now, according to German magazine Spiegel, the star's new role has provided an opportunity for German politicians to "wage a campaign against Scientology."


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Tom Cruise and the Press

Tom Cruise began to accumulate unflattering press in the summer of 2005, when publicizing his new movie, The War of the Worlds. He publicly attacked psychiatry and criticized another star for using antidepressants, most notably in an interview with Today host Matt Lauer. Trouble continued for Cruise in 2006 after he behaved in a way many thought bizarre on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Before the end of that year, he had attracted so much negative attention that Paramount Studios decided not to renew his contract.


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