Tom Cruise and his devotion to Scientology is well known, and now he has been immortalized with a naked shroud in his likeness. But as E Online reports, there's a very distinctive feature on the shroud that's raising eyebrows everywhere. The Tom Cruise Scientology shroud, created by artist Daniel Edwards to commemorate the actor's 25 years in the Church of Scientology, features a large penis and testicles. There's also some very detailed pubic hair.
The shroud was unveiled at a pop-up Church of Scientology near the church's headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. It measures 14 ft by 3 feet, and the back is just as detailed as the front. By all appearances, the artist didn't leave out Cruise's butt-cheeks. There's no word on whether Cruise posed nude for the shroud's creation.
The Church has also issued some commemorative coins to celebrate Cruise's Scientology membership. These coins also feature very realistic portraits of the Mission Impossible star but just of his face this time.
Although there have been rumors that he plans to leave the religion, Tom Cruise is still the most high-profile member of The Church of Scientology. Tom's intense devotion to the religion has been making headlines for years. An in-depth examination of his participation in the Church was a big part of HBO's recent Scientology documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.
"Scientologists run Tom's life," a source told US Weekly of Katie Holmes' ex-husband "They are obsessive, and he is brainwashed by them."
"Tom has minders with him at all times, and he's rarely in touch with family members who aren't Scientologists," another insider adds.
The Scientology documentary goes even further and implicates the Church in the breakdown of Cruise's marriage to Nicole Kidman. The Church of Scientology has categorically denied the claims and called them absurd.
In a statement about the documentary, Scientology representatives trashed the film and called its sources "admitted perjurers, admitted liars, and professional anti-Scientologists whose living depends on the filing of false claims."
"The Church works to help people," the Church said in a separate statement to US Weekly. "We spend every waking minute working to get people off drugs and assist them to lead healthier, happier, and more productive lives."
Despite the fact that many people may see Tom's involvement in Scientology as a little bit strange, it hasn't affected the box-office success of his movies. Forbes recently revealed that Cruise hasn't had a real movie flop in the last thirty years, which is an impressive feat for any actor.
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