Tom Cruise has promised to no longer discuss his much-derided adherence to Scientology while promoting movies.
Cruise went on a tirade on the Today show in 2004 calling host Matt Lauer “glib” and angrily calling psychiatry a “pseudoscience.” He also slammed Brooke Shields for taking antidepressants following the birth of her first child, stating she should have tried vitamins instead — as prescribed by Scientology doctrine.
At the time, Cruise said, “These drugs are dangerous. I have actually helped people come off. When you talk about postpartum, you can take people today, women, and what you do is you use vitamins. There is a hormonal thing that is going on, scientifically, you can prove that. But when you talk about emotional, chemical imbalances in people, there is no science behind that. You can use vitamins to help a woman through those things.”
This idiocy caused an uproar and, combined with Cruise’s outlandish behavior during the beginning stages of his relationship with Katie Holmes, caused his star to dim significantly.
But now Cruise seems to have learned his lesson. While certainly not turning away from Scientology, which he credits with curing him of dyslexia, he at least will keep his mouth shut about it.
“I’ve been a Scientologist for 25 years (but) I think there’s a time and a place for it because things can get misunderstood and twisted,” Cruise told Matt Lauer on an apologetic return to the show, which was actually an attempt to promote his new Hitler flick Valkerie.
When asked about the 2004 Today interview, he said, “I went back and looked at it and it was interesting… you know, it’s not what I had intended. Looking at myself, I thought, ‘Man, that came across as arrogant.’ It was one of those things where you go, ‘Ok, I could have absolutely handled that better.’ I didn’t communicate it the way that I wanted to communicate it. That’s not who I am, that’s not the person I am, coming across that way.”
Arm wrestling commenced with Lauer shortly thereafter. Who do you think won? My money’s on Lauer.