Tom’s pop-up preach­ing for movie chums

Ac­tor’s on-set booth to plug Scien­tol­ogy

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEIGH RAINBIRD Diary Ed­i­tor

TOM Cruise is so de­voted to Scien­tol­ogy he set a booth up on set to try to con­vert the cast and crew on one of his films, ac­cord­ing to a top Hol­ly­wood agent.

Michael Ovitz, who used to rep­re­sent the 56-year-old, said he ig­nored warn­ings to keep quiet about his con­tro­ver­sial faith.

He says in his mem­oirs: “We ad­vised our clients to keep their heads low and mouths shut. In those days, Tom Cruise’s pro­file as a Scien­tol­o­gist was min­i­mal be­cause we’d told him, ‘Keep your re­li­gion and your work sep­a­rate’.

“I read Dia­net­ics, by the founder of Scien­tol­ogy, L Ron Hub­bard, to bet­ter un­der­stand what we were up against and went to see David Mis­cav­ige, Hub­bard’s suc­ces­sor, and ex­plained we had a com­mon in­ter­est: ‘We don’t want to see Tom’s name in the pa­per for any­thing but his ca­reer.’ “Spiel­berg told me that on the set of their 2005 film War of the Worlds Tom set up a Scien­tol­ogy booth to pros­e­ly­tise.” Cruise has cam­paigned for Scien­tol­ogy to be recog­nised as a re­li­gion in Europe. In 2013, he claimed ex-wife Katie Holmes filed for di­vorce be­cause she did not want their daugh­ter Suri in­volved with it.

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