Scientology Stops Film Making?

First, let me preface this by saying that I am a Christian. However, my being a Christian has absolutely no impact on this particular post based on the CNN story about the German stoppage of the latest Tom Cruise flick from being filmed in Germany. Here’s the deal.

Tom Cruise, Executive Producer & star of the latest film about World War II Germany tentatively titled, “Valkyrie”, along with Paula Wagner, Chief Executive of United Artist Entertainment, have selected German military sites as backdrops for the movie. However, because Mr. Cruise is a member of the Church of Scientology, the Defense Ministry has declined production of the movie at any German site. The Ministry claims that they are concerned that the individual that Mr. Cruise will portray, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, the man responsible for the bomb that nearly took the life of the Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, will be portrayed authentically. Apparently, they feel Mr. Cruise’s membership in the Church of Scientology will inhibit the character from being portrayed realistically.

What? Are you kidding me? Today’s religion has absolutely NOTHING to do with the making of a film about a historical person. Don’t they get that? Apparently, not.

This is the kind of insanity that drives me bananas. I understand about protecting your beliefs. I really do. But, when your beliefs have no place in the decision-making process of something that has to do with an historical event and there is no religion about it, that’s just wrong, at least in my humble opinion. Cruise and his cronies should be able to film that movie in Germany where the particular locations they are researching actually make the film considerably more authentic. Sure, they could recreate each location in the form of a Hollywood set but why when you have the real thing and the financial backing to make it happen?

I’m sorry but in my opinion the German government is wrong here. Scientology has nothing to do with the making of this film. Nothing. I suppose if it were being produced by a Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu (need I go on?) man, they’d feel the same way? As my grandmother would say – poppycock!


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One Response to “Scientology Stops Film Making?”
  1. forgetfulone says:

    Poppycock, indeed! Apparently the Germans aren’t as open-minded about freedom of religion as we Americans are. But, what do I know? Not much, of course.

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