Mandy Patinkin, Tracy Letts, Nazanin Boniadi, Jackson Pace, F. Murray Abraham and Navid Negahban - The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 18th January 2014
Tom Cruise just can’t catch a break these days.
Perhaps it’s the actor’s international fame, coupled with his Scientologist beliefs and kooky behavior at times, which turn him into such an easy target, but whatever the cause, there’s no doubt that the Jack Reacher actor has faced his fair share of controversy over the past years. This latest dose comes in the form of a book, aimed at Scientology in Hollywood, entitled Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, penned by Pulitzer-winning writer Lawrence Wright. In the book, Wright exposes what he claims is the truth behind Cruise’s now broken marriage with Katie Holmes. The author claims that the union followed a casting call for young, beautiful A-list actresses, who thought they were auditioning for a part in the Mission Impossible franchise, but were instead being screened for the role of Cruise’s newest squeeze.
The expose, outlined in Us Weekly, also talks about Cruise’s failed relationship with actress Nazanin Boniadi and the influence that Scientology had on the breakup and on Boniadi afterwards. And to wrap up the increasingly disturbing rumours of arranged marriages, casting calls for girlfriends and feverish political ambitions, the book goes on to talk about Cruise’s supposed presidential dreams. At one point, the actor is quoted as saying: "If f--ing Arnold can be governor, I could be president." A lawyer for the actor denied the exchange ever took place or that Cruise has any political aspirations. Whether or not anything in the book is true, this might make a sizeable dent in the actor’s already shaky reputation.