No more Mr Nice Guy - 2004-09-12
But the most surprising change is that the famously press-phobic Cruise seems more open about his commitment to Scientology, having provided funds for a detoxification clinic to help New York firefighters who became sick after 9/11. Since Scientology, in the popular imagination, is such a loaded word - often associated with heavy-handed recruitment tactics, strong-arm lawyer assaults and steep membership and course fees - one would think that Cruise wouldn't be so willing to take a journalist through that world.
"Who are those people that say those things?" Cruise asks when I bring it up over lunch one day. "Because I promise you, it isn't everybody. But I look at those people and I say, "Bring it. I'm a Scientologist, man. What do you want to know?" I don't mind answering questions."