Tom Cruise Steps Up Scientology Activism - 2005-03-22 a
Long famous for keeping his private life private, Tom Cruise recently has taken a very public stance as far as his religious beliefs are concerned, involving those who wish to familiarize themselves with his place of worship, the Church of Scientology, reports The New York Times.
About 20 managers from United International Pictures, which will distribute director Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds starring Cruise, were invited by the star in January to take a four-hour tour of three separate Scientology facilities in Los Angeles. "Genuinely, there is an interest level among our managers who have to field questions (about Cruise's religion), to understand and learn more about it," said United International president Andrew Cripps.
One unnamed member of the tour entourage, however, speaking for some of the others, labeled the visit an unwelcome business obligation.