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Tom Cruise in Lions for Lambs, Out of Germany

I'm finding it difficult to take Tom Cruise seriously — ever since the couch-jumping and disparaging remarks about psychiatry I've cast a wary eye on him — but the German military is taking him very seriously. Cruise's attempts to shoot his Nazi drama Valkyrie have been thwarted by the German military because Cruise is a Scientologist. According to the article:

Defense Ministry spokesman Harald Kammerbauer said the film makers "will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult."

That's the second time in recent history that Scientologist actors have come under fire for the characters they are portraying: Gay critics have lashed out at the casting of John Travolta as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, complaining that an iconic gay character such as Edna (previously played by Divine in John Waters' Hairspray) should not be played by an actor who belongs to a church believed to have homophobic views.

While Cruise and his people are duking it out with the German military, however, a few snippets from Cruise's next movie Lions for Lambs were recently aired on "Entertainment Tonight." The movie stars Meryl Streep and Robert Redford (Redford also directs), and from the clips it looks like the two actors who are not Tom Cruise are excellent as usual, while Cruise is, again, pretty hard to take seriously. To see the clips,


Oona Oona 10 years
Well mia, at least there is something intersting. All the other stars are booooring! He is passionate and isn't scare to say what he think, he got balls and I love that. rare are the americans to be like that. Tom really doesn't care anymore about his popularity, he broke all records and is intouchable now. So his set his priorities and Matt Lauer took advantage of it, he knew what would happen, don't worry ;) I have no problem taking Tom seriously. You still know it's him, well of course, it's stupid for some people to say that's a problem. If not, that would be grightening to don't know who's onscreen if it's Tom Cruise. lol
mia804c mia804c 10 years
Yeah, I liked him in Last Samurai, but after the interview with Matt Lauer it's just hard to take him as seriously as before.
Oona Oona 10 years
Anyone a psychs here to call Tom a "loon", "crazy", "nutjob" Man? You are not psychs, I doubt, furthermore I doubt he ever saw a shrink. Oh yes! I forhot! He stand on a couch several times! oh, boy, that is the reason to label him crazy! Some weak minds should look around them, just at the corner of the street, or take a look at the world... instead of spending your time looking up for shoes and eating tabloids crap. I have the right to say I despise media mindless drones. One sole united thought for the people who can't think for themselves. By calling someone a nutjob is also downright disrespectful to the psychiatry community and the ill people themselves. At least, Tom has a carrer, and what a carrer. Who are you?
fashionvictim85 fashionvictim85 10 years
I'm really sick of americans still connecting germany with the nazi-regime. how can you say you're not a fan of germany thanks to their history?! the only way my ancestors got involved in second world war was that they lost EVERYTHING and had to flee from the russians. i'm a german and i'm sorry for what happened in the past, but i'm not responsible for that! what do you americans think of hiroshima, vietnam, afghanistan, iraq?! do you think that this is ok? do you think that you have a clean state?
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I've never cared for TC movies or him.
kamu76 kamu76 10 years
The Germans have a point. While I'm not exactly a fan of Germany thanks to their past, I have to agree with them banning production as long as Crazy Tom is the lead. Okay, his views may not have an affect on the film's depiction, but the ensuing PR campaign and his inevitable appearances are going to be venues for him to spout his views and Scientology. Now I'm all for freedom of religion, but when it comes to Scientology, I'll make an exception for those crazy people. I did read something from the son of the man Cruise is portraying, and he doesn't want Tom playing his father. Maybe he should respect the wishes of this heroic man's family.
Mädchen Mädchen 10 years
This is a very complicated subject, let's just say Germany has a LONG history with Scientology (for more on the subject, read this: But: the German view on this is very different. Let me just quote an article on the subject: "Blumenthal [the cult expert for the governing conservative Christian Democrats] accused the organization of spreading views in the tradition of National Socialism - "and I find it, to say the least, odd that someone who represents this organization would be able to film at the site of a memorial to resistance against National Socialism of all places." Any filming at Bendlerblock, she told Der Tagesspiegel, "would be public relations work done for this organization, and that's not the sort of thing we need to support, especially since Mr. Cruise misses no opportunity to promote Scientology." A party spokesman for the Christian Democrats in the city of Berlin took the statement even further, telling the paper: "Resistance against the National Socialist dictatorship must not be abused for the PR purposes of a dangerous and totalitarian brainwashing organization like Scientology."
Daisie Daisie 10 years
I can see both points of views here. Discrimination is bad, but so are cults. Can we not want protection from crazy cultists? At the same time, who are we to judge? Regardless, if this is such an important project someone should be bright enough to NOT cast Tom Cruise as he is a joke. No one is perfect but when you have such a world-class goober, you really should rethink the message you're trying to get across as it will get lost in the "hype" (or laughter) over said goober.
bfly1133 bfly1133 10 years
I think it is seriously stupid to prohibit a person from using resources for a film based on their personal views. The whole thing is even more idiotic because this film would continue to educate people about the horrors of Nazi Germany.
pinkgirl22 pinkgirl22 10 years
If I had that power I would kick him out too his to crazy for me.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
While it is hard to take Tom Cruise seriously, the reasons for prohibiting him from filming in Germany are poor. Too bad he weakens what could be a powerful film with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.
licia licia 10 years
I agree with mwmsjuly19, if they were going to ban them from filming they should have done so because they had a problem with the content of the movie or the message, or because Tom is loony.. (that would be my pick) but to ban it based on his religion is horrible. I honestly can't stand Tom Cruise anymore, and it's hard to believe him in any serious roles now. He just seems like a total cheeseball!
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I don't think it's right to discriminate against people for their faith, no matter how wacky the mainstream (and I) might think it is. As for Germany, has history taught them NOTHING about religious bigotry? I know Tom Cruise's movie concerns Nazism, but that's not the reason they don't want him there. His faith is. I'm not a fan of Tom Cruise, but I am a fan of religious freedom, even for a probable nutjob like him.
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 10 years
Tom Cruise sucks :MOB:
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 10 years
Good for Germany.
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