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Leah Remini: Tom Cruise ‘manipulated image’ for Scientology

Leah Remini renewed her criticisms of Tom Cruise this week after saluting Thandie Newton for speaking out about her ‘nightmare’ working with him on Mission: Impossible 2.

The 50-year-old King Of Queens star claimed that Cruise had ‘manipulated his image’ in order to help the Church of Scientology, according to Us Weekly.

The actress said that the 58-year-old Jack Reacher star hope to help Scientology convert the vast majority of the world’s population to his religion.

‘I think it’s time for people to start waking up to the real facts here. Tom has for years manipulated his image to be the good guy,’ Remini said in a statement.

‘Although I believe there was a time when Tom was a decent and kindhearted person, he has morphed himself into David Miscavige [leader of Scientology] and is completely dedicated to Scientology’s mission to “clear” planet Earth — which means making 80 percent of the world’s population into Scientologists.’

In a podcast from earlier this month, Remini praised Thandie Newton’s statements about her difficult time working with a ‘really stressed’ Cruise.

‘That takes huge balls to do what she did, and if more people speak out in that way, and be brave enough to do so, I think we might get somewhere,’ Leah said on her Scientology: Fair Game podcast.

‘Tom has gotten away with being this “nice guy,” because that’s what Scientology policy says — to create good PR in the world and make those “good actions” known. But if you actually look at his actions, they’re not consistent.’

The Kevin Can Wait actress said she was once reprimanded for questioning why Cruise was the ‘poster child’ for Scientology, claiming that though he was ‘considered a messiah in Scientology,’ Tom is not ‘this super-nice guy’ in real life.

Newton played a professional thief recruited by Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt, who was enlisted to spy on her ex, a terrorist threatening to unleash a deadly bioweapon. 

In an anecdote about filming a scene in Spain, the Westworld actress boldly admitted: ‘I was so scared of Tom. He was a very dominant individual. He tries super hard to be a nice person. But the pressure. He takes on a lot.’ 

Thandie detailed how they struggled with filming a scene in Spain, in which they battled to get the perfect take of the — as she described — poorly-written scene. She explained: ‘So this scene was happening, and Tom was not happy with what I was doing because I had the s**ttiest lines, and he gets so frustrated’. 

After Tom tried to align and improve the scene by getting them each to switch roles to practice, Thandie confessed the method made her suffer more. 

She went on: ‘It just pushed me further into a place of terror and insecurity. It was a real shame. And bless him. And I really do mean bless him, because he was trying his damnedest… He wasn’t horrible. It was just — he was really stressed’.

Though she’s now an active critic of Scientology, Leah was raised in the church as a child.

She left in 2013 and has since been vocal with her criticisms of the organization.

From 2016–2019, she starred in Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath, which sought to expose ‘shocking stories of abuse, heartbreak and harassment experienced by those who have left the church and spoken publicly about their experiences,’ according to A&E.

Last year, the actress threatened to take legal action over fears that that she was being followed and surveilled by the church.

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