“I consider Tom Cruise as a self-proclaimed ambassador of Scientology inappropriate for the role.” – Frank Henkel, the general secretary of the Berlin chapter of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union
July 19, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post
Filming started Thursday on a movie starring Tom Cruise as the real-life mastermind behind a plot to kill Adolf Hitler, amid German grumbling about the high-profile Scientologist playing a national hero.
A spokeswoman for Babelsberg Studios outside Berlin told AFP that director Bryan Singer (“The Usual Suspects”) had begun shooting “Valkyrie” on location in the region surrounding the German capital.
German officials have baulked at the choice of Cruise to play Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, who was executed by firing squad in 1944 after the failed assassination attempt.
They cite the actor’s ties to the Church of Scientology, which is viewed here as a “totalitarian” group that exploits vulnerable people, as making him unfit to play a German martyr.
“I find that Stauffenberg stood for the most noble motives a person can have,” Frank Henkel, the general secretary of the Berlin chapter of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, told rolling news channel NTV.
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