Monday, June 25, 2007

At least the German MOD has some taste

Kudos to the German Ministry of Defense for this slap in the face of Tom Cruise. Mr. Cruise has been cast in a film about Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, the man who tried unsuccessfully to kill Adolph Hitler with a briefcase bomb in 1944. The German MOD has refused to allow the film makers to film on German military sites "..if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult. In general, the Bundeswehr (German military) has a special interest in the serious and authentic portrayal of the events of July 20, 1944 and Stauffenberg's person..". Given Tom Cruises' body of film work, a "serious and authentic portrayal of events" is far from what one would describe his movies. The German government also considers the Church of Scientology (of which Tom Cruise is a member) as an organization which "masquerades as a religion to make money". Ouch!

Until this story broke, I did not know that Tom Cruise was involved in a film about Claus von Stauffenberg, but you can be guaranteed that the film will cheapen the story and take many "Hollywood shortcuts" in order to make the film another "Tom Cruise Summer Blockbuster Wannabee". Star Wars would probably contain more truth about Hitler than this film. Hopefully, Tom Cruise will leave the film and an actor more "serious" (maybe even, dare I suggest, a German) will found who will treat the subject with the respect it deserves.


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