Book details how Scientology may have split Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman
When last we met, The Juice* was telling you all about how the Church of Scientology allegedly won over John Travolta, according to a new book by New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright called Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief. Now we're going to skim the part where Wirght says Tom Cruise left Nicole Kidman because of the church, and became very best good friends with honcho David Miscavige.
The book, which is heavily excerpted by The Hollywood Reporter, says that Cruise was big pals with Miscavige, who lavished attention on the actor. He built the couple a bungalow getaway at Gold Base, a Scientology location in the desert near Hemet, Calif. But Miscavige never trusted Kidman, and "viewed her as a gold digger who was faking Scientology." He allegedly started trying to declare Kidman as a Suppressive Person in order to get Tom to leave her.
That's exactly what happened in 2001 after the couple shot Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, catching Kidman by surprise. Cruise then underwent some 200 hours of intense auditing, and was trained to audit people himself. In one anecdote, the book says Cruise and Tommy Davis, a Sea Org member and son of actress Anne Archer who had known Cruise since Tom was 18, began assisting the actor, one time taking him to the parking lot of a Home Depot in Hollywood to guess the emotional state of people leaving the store, a process known as Tone Scale drills.
Some time afterward, the Church allegedly began trying to set up Tom with a new girlfriend. The book says in 2004, they set him up with Nazanin Boniadi, a 25-year-old Iranian-born Londoner with a Scientologist mother. She was interviewed and audited, but she allegedly once kept asking Miscavige to repeat himself because she couldn't understand him. Davis and Cruise allegedly lit in to her for that, with Cruise saying she had embarrassed Miscavige for not being able to communicate.
The book quotes Cruise thusly: "You don't get it, it goes like this," Cruise said. He raised his hand over his head. "First there's LRH [L. Ron Hubbard]." He moved his hand down a few inches. "Then there is COB." Bringing his hand down to his own eye level, he said, "Then there's me." (Cruise's attorney denies that this exchange took place or that the Church set him up.)
There is still no word on how much Scientology training Katie Holmes had, if any, but Cruise and Miscavige apparently grew so close, the leader would borrow Cruise's plane and discuss Church strategy with him, asking Cruise to lobby world leaders for Scientology favors, like persuading Bill Clinton to ask Tony Blair to get the U.K. to give Scientology tax-exempt status. Cruise even allegedly said in one conversation with Miscavige, "If f--ing Arnold (Schwarzenegger) can be governor, I could be president."
"Miscavige convinced Cruise that he and Tom were two of only a handful of truly 'big beings' on the planet," former curch official Marty Rathburn said. "He instructed Cruise that LRH was relying upon them to unite with the few others of their ilk on earth to make it onto 'Target Two' -- some unspecified galactic locale where they would meet up with Hubbard in the afterlife."
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