You have to hand it to Tom Cruise. Over the last three decades, he has established himself as a Hollywood institution; in total, his films have had an aggregate box office gross of over $6 billion — that’s nothing to scoff at.

 

Between the upcoming release of “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” and the recent announcement of “Top Gun 2,” his career shows no signs of flagging anytime soon. However, one aspect of Cruise’s life has always left a noticeable blemish on his career: his association with the Scientology.

 

Now, rumors have begun to circulate that Cruise has considered leaving the church for his daughter, Suri. She has close to what the church refers to as a “suppressive person” — essentially a form of ex-communication — and has had minimal contact Cruise for most of her life.

 

A source told Star Magazine:

“[Suri] was going on and on about her ballet class and how much she loves it. That’s when Tom realized he’s never seen her perform ballet and he started to tear up… it hit him that she’s growing up before his eyes and he’s not there to witness most of it. They talk on the phone and video chat, but it’s not the same.”

 

Alex Gibney’s recent controversial documentary, “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” presented a chilling account of what the star-studded church does to its members.

 

Through blackmail and fear tactics, Scientology utilizes “audit” sessions to obtain sensitive information about members and blackmail them from leaving or speaking out against the organization. The documentary also reveals that the church played a major role in the divorce between Cruise and Nicole Kidman; we can speculate the same thing likely happened between him and Katie Holmes, Suri’s mother.

 

 

A scene from the "South Park" episode featuring Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology. (goldderby.latimes.com)

A scene from the “South Park” episode featuring Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology. (goldderby.latimes.com)

Cruise, himself, has not officially confirmed these rumors, but if true, they could mark a serious turn for both himself and Scientology as a whole. Much of the criticism leveled at Cruise over the years has concerned his pious devotion to the faith; Comedy Central’s South Park earned an Emmy nomination for its humorous depiction of Cruise and the Church of Scientology in 2005.

 

With his departure, the church will lose one of its biggest public faces, and may potentially inspire others who stay affiliated out of fear.

 

 

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