Oct 30, 2015

Jerry O'Connell Is Still Hiding From Tom Cruise And Scientology

Todd Van Luling
The Huffington Post
Ocober 29, 2015

A lesson to never start something you can't finish.

In one of the more memorable assertions that was popularized by the 2015 HBO-released documentary "Going Clear," Tom Cruise is worshipped by the Church of Scientology as a sort of living god, who deserves to be given whatever his perhaps not mortal heart desires. Cars, parties, women trained to be his ideal girlfriend -- the Church gifts them to Cruise.

Keeping that in mind, it's understandable that actor Jerry O'Connell has lived life in fear ever since he teamed up in 2008 with Funny or Die to parody Cruise's recently leaked Scientology recruitment video.

"I hid for as long as I could," O'Connell admitted to hosts of the podcast "Allegedly," speaking about a party he attended where he knew Cruise was also present. "When it was time to disperse, I literally was the first at valet," the actor said, and then added, "I don't think there'll be a confrontation, but why poke that bear?"

Below is the video O'Connell created that started this "Mission Impossible: Rogue Church" situation:



O'Connell was actually in the movie "Jerry Maguire" with Cruise, which was released in 1996. In the movie, O'Connell played a star quarterback who decided to abandon the agent Maguire after Cruise's character worked with a black athlete, played by Cuba Gooding Jr.

And here we are, almost two decades later, and the actors have just as awkward of a relationship offscreen. But now, if Cruise yells, "Show me the money!" perhaps that's just enough of a terrifying prospect for O'Connell to cause him to want to hide until the edge of tomorrow.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tom-cruise-hiding-scientology_563250ffe4b0c66bae5b6d0d
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