German military bans Cruise movie

The German military have banned filming of Tom Cruise's new movie at its bases because they object to the actor's Scientology religion.

The German military have banned filming of Tom Cruise's new movie at its bases because they object to the actor's Scientology religion.

Scientology is not recognised as a church by the German government, who claim the controversial religion is a "money-making cult".

Cruise is set to begin filming Valkyrie in Germany this summer, in which he plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, leader of an unsuccessful plot to kill Adolf Hitler during World War II.

Harald Kammerbauer, spokesman for the country's Defence Ministry, says, "(Producers) will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult.

"In general, the Bundeswehr (German military) has a special interest in the serious and authentic portrayal of the events of July 20, 1944 and Stauffenberg's person."

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