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Why Tom Cruise felt he couldn’t practise Scientology ‘openly’

US actor Tom Cruise poses for photographers at a British screening of the film 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' in London, July 25, 2015. — Reuters picUS actor Tom Cruise poses for photographers at a British screening of the film 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' in London, July 25, 2015. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, March 24 — There may be no mission that’s too impossible for him, but that does not mean Tom Cruise doesn’t have fears like that of practising his Scientology beliefs.

According to Page Six, in a new book by Stephen Galloway, Leading Lady, which focuses on former CEO of Paramount Pictures Sherry Lansing, the author revealed a shocking feud that erupted in 2003 between Cruise and Paramount’s then president of production John Goldwyn.

“Only once did Cruise’s beliefs affect his professional relationships: during a confrontation with Goldwyn”, the book reveals.

Cruise was very upset because he thought Goldwyn was apparently launching a campaign against the Scientology Church during his custody battle with his Scientologist wife Colleen Camp.

“Tom got very upset because he thought I was launching a campaign against Scientology, and he felt I was persecuting him for his religion. Tom was rabid about it and said, ‘It’s because of people like you that I have to ride in a bulletproof car and why I cannot practise my faith openly’,” Goldwyn revealed.

“[But] Sherry was amazing as an executive and a friend. She stepped in and saved the situation by saying, ‘I’ve known John for years, and he isn’t a bigot. This is about his daughter’.

Once the dust settled, Goldwyn says the actor intervened to ensure his divorce was over quickly, after proposing the estranged couple agree a swift settlement.

“Tom Cruise was responsible for bringing my divorce to a close. It is a great Hollywood story.”

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