Cruise became a member of Church of Scientology in 1986

Tom Cruise has dismissed criticism of Scientology in a new interview, describing himself as “incredibly proud” of what he deems a “beautiful religion”.

Cruise became a member of Church of Scientology in 1986. The religion has long been criticised, with many comparing its workings to that of a cult.

Speaking to ITV News at the London premiere of new film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Cruise defended the religion when asked about new Louis Theroux documentary, My Scientology Movie.

“It’s something that has helped me incredibly in my life,” Cruise said. “I’ve been a Scientologist for over 30 years. It’s something that is, you know… without it, I wouldn’t be where I am. So, it’s a beautiful religion. I’m incredibly proud.”

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Louis Theroux’s new film divided opinion upon its release earlier in October.

Speaking to NME in April, Louis explained the inspiration behind My Scientology Movie: “I’d seen an explanation of why people wanted to leave Scientology, but I hadn’t got a sense of why they joined. I was interested in the seduction, why they would go along with the various practices that had been alleged for years, if not decades. [The film is] an attempt to create that mindset of being conditioned in behaviours outside of the n

 

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise is reportedly close to signing a deal to make a sixth Mission: Impossible film.