Bart & Fleming: On Alex Gibney's HBO Scientology Documentary & Tom Cruise - 2015-03-15
BART: Tom Cruise usually casts himself as the hero in his films, but he's definitely the "heavy" in a new documentary on Scientology to be broadcast in two weeks on HBO. And his depiction may affect the international box office returns of his new Mission: Impossible sequel, which opens July 31. Paramount, the distributor of this $100 million-plus blockbuster, knows that Scientology is an incendiary issue in Germany and a few other European countries. Will the studio need a strategy to deal with Cruise's cause, or will it totally ignore the issue?