Cruise out of control, By Chris Ayres, Sunday Times, 12 July 2015

A recent exposé of the inner workings of Scientology has done untold damage to Tom Cruise’s reputation. Can the latest Mission: Impossible film help him hang on to his career? By Chris Ayres.

There is a great tradition about writing about Scientology in the Sunday Times. One of their great authors was Russell Miller’s Barefaced Messiah. This article is the first on Cruise which is very critical and moves away from the Celebrity viewpoint and looks at him through the cultism lens. It raises very important questions which Cruise must answer soon..

A still from Tom Cruise’s latest film, Mission Impossible — Rogue Nation (Rex)

The image sums it all up perfectly: Tom Cruise, in a grey suit and tie, hair swept back, clinging to the side of a military plane as it climbs to 5,000ft above RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire.

Issued by the PR department of Paramount Pictures as part of an industrial-scale hype campaign for the latest Mission: Impossible film, Rogue Nation, the photo was accompanied by the revelation that the 52-year-old actor had insisted on being strapped to the fuselage of the Airbus A400M himself, without the aid of body doubles or any computer-generated special effects. Cruise, went the subtext, is no mere actor. He is a master of all that’s put before him. An ultra-being. A one-man demonstration, as the late science-fiction author and Church of Scientology founder, L Ron Hubbard, might have put it, of what’s possible when you unleash your inner “thetan”. ….Sunday Times 127150001

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