Did Tom Cruise try to recruit Scarlett Johansson to Scientology?
The “Lost in Translation” star was expected to co-star with Cruise in “Mission: Impossible III” but was dropped because of “scheduling conflicts.” But it seems that there may have been other conflicts as well. Cruise invited Johansson to a Scientology center where he showed her literature about joining his controversial church, according to a report. “After two hours of proselytizing,” according to RadarMagazine.com, “Cruise opened a door to reveal a second room full of upper-level Scientologists who had been waiting to dine with the pair, at which point the cool-headed ingénue politely excused herself.”
The Scoop called Johansson’s mother/manager for comment and she declined, referring us to Johansson’s publicist, who didn’t return calls or emails. Cruise’s rep didn’t respond to requests for comment, but Rick Ross of CultNews.com told the Scoop: “Is this Tom Cruise’s version of a first date? It’s becoming increasingly difficult to make distinctions between his personal, professional and religious life. Tom Cruise and Scientology seem intent on recruiting a hot young star. Apparently, Scarlett Johansson flunked her test, but Katie Holmes passed.”
Rather be a rock star
The “Requiem for a Dream” star was appearing with his band, 30 Seconds to Mars, in Kansas City where he apparently ticked off some of his fans. Leto met with the winners of a contest on a local radio station, and was so rude to them that the DJ apparently apologized to the fans. Leto later tried to apologize to the DJ and the listeners, but the radio station would have none of it. The DJ didn’t describe Leto’s transgressions, but he has been known to be dismissive of fans who are more interested in his movie and TV career — particularly his role on “My So Called Life” — than his music.
“It’s all about his music now,” says a source. “It’s actually not bad.”
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