There was a time when Tom Cruise was a devoted Catholic, and even considered a career as a priest – so how did he become the world’s most famous Scientologist?
A new book by the father of the head of Scientology, David Miscavige, claims the bizarre religion wooed Cruise not unlike how a potential lover would.
Ron Miscavige’s memoir Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige and Me – extracted in The Daily Mail today – says David launched a “charm offensive” to befriend Cruise.
He took Cruise clay pigeon shooting, racing through Los Angeles in supercars and even wined and dined him, treating him to dinner at the Scientology head base where they ate next to a life-size replica of spaceship.
Ron, David’s father, claimed his son’s plan was to make Cruise feel like he and David were “brothers” and then “exploited” that relationship for the benefit of his beloved church.
Before long, Cruise was the most famous Scientologist in the world, starring in promotional films for the church, donating millions and publicly espousing it at every given opportunity.