Tom Cruise was so obsessed with David Beckham joining the church of Scientology he once ordered Sea Org members to laser level a field at Scientology headquarters so that he and the famous footballer could enjoy a kick about on the perfect soccer pitch.
It’s no secret that Tom Cruise is a Scientologist. And it’s no secret that Scientology is a strange and guarded cult. Stranger still are revelations from a former Scientologists that Cruise is a very different individual from his public persona when he’s moving and grooving in the world governed by the church of his choice.
According to the Daily Mail, in Scientology circles, Cruise is renowned as a cigar-chomping gambler who speaks in a special sci-fi language and is hell-bent on impressing David Beckham.
From whence do these revelations come? From ex-Scientologists including the ex-head of security Gary Morehead, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, Scientology founder L.Ron Hubbard’s great-grandson, and the former personal chef to church leader David Miscavige, who have all spilled the beans on Cruise and his mysterious religion in a series of interviews with the Daily Mail.
Cruise, who used to stay at Scientology headquarters Gold Base for months at a time when he was working toward becoming an Operating Thetan (OT), used to go off gambling ridiculous amounts of money and smoking Cuban cigars with church leader David Miscavige, according to Gary Morehead.
“I know a couple of times he and Dave went to Vegas. They’d go out gambling because I saw the big rolls of cash that were sitting on the table up at the Officers’ Lounge in the ‘Star of California.’
“There were two rolls – really huge fat rolls – so fat you couldn’t hold them in your hands. A significant amount of cash, as they were $100 bills.
“I understood it to be about thirty or forty thousand dollars each. I was told that one was Dave’s and one was Tom’s and it was what they won in Vegas. I was shocked they even went.
“Dave would go and have fun with Tom, it was really odd. I thought: ‘It’s gambling, you know, here we are in a church, that’s weird.’ But if anyone can break the rules, Number One and Two can. It’s a real bromance between them. They do everything together – exercise and cigar smoke together.”
Living in a villa, just a stone’s throw away from the house built for the “return” of L. Ron Hubbard, the sci-fi author who founded Scientology and whose disciples believe will reincarnate in a new body, Scientology HQ is the home away from home for the Hollywood star.
Cruise was also apparently obsessed with getting his good buddy David Beckham to the base and went to insane levels to impress the bashful Brit.
“The Beckhams were due to come, but they never did. They leveled a field. You know the guys even learned about how to put patterns in the grass and stuff like that so it looked really well groomed.
“I can only assume he was getting him into Scientology. What was Lisa Marie Presley doing with Michael Jackson? She was getting him into Scientology.”
Tom’s former personal chef Sinar Parman backs up the claim about Cruise’s crazy antics and dubbed him “Scientology royalty,” but it’s Cruise’s frolics and frivolity with long-term best buddy and church leader David Miscavige that really got tongues wagging.
“Tom would come out with all this stuff. He would talk to DM [David Miscavige] in this crazy way, his mannerisms were just unreal, all this tech speak. He would speak like the inner culture of Scientology, that’s the way you speak if you’re a complete Sci fanatic. He would pride himself on speaking in those buzz words.
“DM and Tom would socialize all the time. They would just hang around with each other in the evenings, go out to the lounge where there’s more comfortable chairs. DM’s got this huge cigar humidor in the lounge, which is just a pretense for Cruise. They’d be smoking away.
“I offered DM a cigar when Cruise wasn’t there and he said, ‘I don’t even like those things, you can still smell them three days later.’
“It was a bromance – cigar-smoking, playing tennis, doing exercise together, out macho-ing each other. He even got DM parachuting with him, there’s a big place in Perris, CA where they did it. It was who could outdo the other.”
Yet while Cruise and Miscavige would be contentedly puffing away on cigars in their private lounge or racing motorbikes around the estate, Sea Org members would be forced to live in questionable conditions and, in some cases, work long hours for a handful of pennies.
Former members question how someone as wholesome and as caring as Cruise can still be bosom buddies with Miscavige even after all the flurry of recent revelations about the Church of Scientology.
“I understand the Tom Cruise Wow Factor and that sells, but how can Tom Cruise not know about this s***? How can you not know what the guy that you go gambling with is doing?
“I know people who have worked with Cruise and he’s in it for life. Imagine if you were Tom Cruise – to admit to yourself that you were wrong, it’s a huge blowout. To admit that you’d been hoaxed, that would be very hard to accept.”
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