Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Katie Holmes all thought they had a shot at a role in the Mission Impossible series.
But the role they were really auditioning for? Tom Cruise's wife, alleges the controversial new book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.
Going Clear is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Lawrence Wright, who first became interested in Scientology after writing about writer-director Paul Haggis' 2009 defection from the church. He won his Pulitzer reporting about Al Qaeda; writing about Scientology, the Los Angeles Times quips, is "arguably riskier."
Going Clear catalogs many abuses wrought by the celebrity-hungry religion launched by L. Ron Hubbard, but celebrity gossip lovers will most appreciate the chapter on Tom Cruise.
According to the book, after Cruise and Sofia Vergara broke up (supposedly over her refusal to embrace Scientology), Cruise asked his Scientology pals for help.
They swung into action, inviting a group of A-list hotties to the Los Angeles Celebrity Center for "auditions."
Cruise and Holmes met in April of 2005, and they were married soon after.
Going Clear also details the tale of one Nazanian Boniadi, a 25-year-old actress and Scientology member who was forced to scrub toilets with a toothbrush after failing to keep her mouth shut about her relationship with Cruise.
Tom: You should have picked Lindsay! No way would she have dumped you after a few years. She'd still be riding that gravy train.
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