The German defense ministry last week banned Tom Cruise from filming a new movie at its military sites because the star is a Scientologist. Cruise is slated to play Claus von Stauffenberg, a real-life World War II colonel who led a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944. But the German government considers Scientology a hostile organization “directed against the free democratic order,” and von Stauffenberg’s son, Berthold, said Cruise “should keep his hands off my father.” Cruise’s producing partner, Paula Wagner, said the actor’s “personal beliefs have absolutely no bearing on the movie’s plot or themes.”
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