Steven Spielberg has no problem inviting volunteer Scientology ministers onto the set of his “War Of The Worlds” remake, starring Tom Cruise, to tend to the quasi-religious needs of the crew and extras. Of course it’s merely a coincidence that Cruise is one of the most outspoken and recognizable Scientologists. This and other details are available in this Spiegel interview with Cruise and Spielberg. Cruise proves that he drinks the church’s Kool-Aid a little too frequently in this exchange:
Cruise: I’m a helper. For instance, I myself have helped hundreds of people get off drugs. In Scientology, we have the only successful drug rehabilitation program in the world. It’s called Narconon.
SPIEGEL: That’s not correct. Yours is never mentioned among the recognized detox programs. Independent experts warn against it because it is rooted in pseudo science.
Cruise: You don’t understand what I am saying. It’s a statistically proven fact that there is only one successful drug rehabilitation program in the world. Period.
SPIEGEL: With all due respect, we doubt that. Mr. Cruise, you made studio executives, for example from Paramount, tour Scientology’s “Celebrity Center” in Hollywood. Are you trying to extend Scientology’s influence in Hollywood?
Cruise: I just want to help people. I want everyone to do well.This whole “values” meme is now completely out of hand when Hollywood stars get into the act – bringing their own uniquely myopic spin to the party. I wonder if Scientology has some L. Ron Hubbard-inspired cure for herpetic sores that have suddenly appeared on the face of Cruise’s new ‘girlfriend,’ Katie Holmes…