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VALKYRIE Filming Barred in Germany

By Jarrod Sarafin, News Editor     June 26, 2007
Source: Comingsoon


Ethan Hunt(Tom Cruise) in Mission Impossible III.(2006)
© Paramount Pictures

Bryan Singer's latest production, VALKYRIE, just hit a small snag for reasons outside of his control. The film is based on true events in regards to German generals hatching a plan on taking out the Nazi dictator Hitler at the height of the WWII. Singer and producer McQuarrie brought the story over to United Artist last year and selected Cruise to star in the film. For the past few months, Singer and United Artist have planned to film a large portion of the war based thriller on German military sites.

According to Comingsoon, Germany has barred it from being filmed for one reason. The don't recognize Tom Cruise's religious affiliations, the Church of Scientology. They won't allow an actor like Tom Cruise to portray Count Stauffenberg on their soil.

"[Filmmakers] will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult," the German Defense Minister Kammerbauer said. "In general, the Bundeswehr (German military) has a special interest in the serious and authentic portrayal of the events of July 20, 1944 and Stauffenberg's person."

Cruise's friend and longtime co-producer Paula Wagner (she also heads up United Artist with Cruise) had this to say about the film being barred from the country:

"To set the record straight, 'Valkyrie' is a historically accurate thriller that presents the World War Two resistance hero Col. Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg as the heroic and principled figure he was, and we believe it will go a long way towards reminding the world that even within the ranks of the German military there was real resistance to the Nazi regime. 'Valkyrie' was originated and brought to United Artists by Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie. Based on the fantastic screenplay written by Mr. McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander, we gave it the green light. Mr. Singer, the director, then offered the role of Col. Stauffenberg to Tom Cruise because he thought he was perfect for the part. Aside from his obvious admiration of the man he is portraying, Mr. Cruise's personal beliefs have absolutely no bearing on the movie's plot, themes, or content. And even though we could shoot the movie anywhere in the world, we believe Germany is the only place we can truly do the story justice."

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sportwarrior 6/26/2007 12:40:59 AM
Careful... I hear the Germans start wars over this kind of thing... Besides, Tom Cruise is the last person I want to see in another film. Isn't everyone tired of him already? Sounds like the Germans are...
laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 6/26/2007 1:36:06 AM
I'm not sick of Tom Cruise, He is a good actor...That's like saying I'm sick of you Sportwarrior because I have seen your posts many times...lol sportwarrior...Careful... I hear the Germans start wars over this kind of thing...What is that suppose to mean anyway? I'm looking forward to seeing this no matter who is it, well almost anyone...
Xian 6/26/2007 1:45:40 AM
"...no matter who is in it..." eh, mlaforcer? I don't think it would be smart to have a Jew play the role.
ponyboy76 6/26/2007 4:16:52 AM
"I don't think it would be smart to have a Jew play the role" What the Hell? How would that have any bearing on the movie? From what I`m reading this Stauffenberg guy wasn't working in concerntration camps. And even if he was, why couldn't some one who was Jewish play him? Besides the fact that someone who was of Jewish background probably wouldn't want the part. The actors religious beliefs shouldn't have any bearing on whether they should or should not play a role. Cruise is a nutball and I do think Scientology is a load of shite, but that`s his business. At one end I disagree with the German military but at the other end, Cruise has been way too vocal about his beliefs. If he would have just kept it to himself and not of pushed his beliefs in people`s faces, this wouldn`t be a problem. It kind of ironic that Germans are showing bias towards yet another "religion". Didn`t they learn their lesson? I like Cruise as an actor and do not let his beliefs get in the way of me enjoying his performances. In all honesty, even though I think Scientology is a load bollocks, I`m pretty sure at one point the majority of the world thought that believing in one god and some guy that was killed and came back to life to save us from sin was pretty wacky too.
TKay42one 6/26/2007 4:18:34 AM
Gotta say, I'm kinda with the Germans on this one. And yes, I am a little sick of Tom Cruise. Hey, if somebody wants to believe that we're all alien spirits who were sent to earth and lived in a volcano and whatever with nuclear weapons (sorry, it's been a while since I've seen that South Park episode), that's all fine and dandy, but when you let the world know just HOW buttfuck crazy you are, sometimes the world just doesn't want any more of you. Kind of the same reason I find Mel Gibson a little unwatchable now.
supremeone 6/26/2007 4:28:23 AM
I'm not a devotee of Scientology and even though some of what they believe sounds downright wacky to me...I don't make fun of them. I think it's bad form for anyone to downplay or make fun of others because of their personal religious beliefs. Hindu's believe cows are sacred and that there are hundreds of gods...I dont' make fun of them either. Tom Cruise is a good actor...period. If he can play the role convincingly...then he shouldn't be penalized. SUPREMEONE
wessmith1966 6/26/2007 7:37:21 AM
What does Cruise's religious beliefs have to do with his portrayal of a historical figure? I think Cruise is a bit of a crackpot with the whole Scientology thing, but it's his right to believe what he wants to believe. I think he's a good actor, and that's all I care about. Of course, it's also Germany's right to make their decision, too I guess. It's their country. I just think it's a bit silly. And Xian, what does it matter if someone Jewish plays the role of a German, Nazi or otherwise? It's just a role in a movie...acting!
madmanic999 6/26/2007 7:54:48 AM
Sometimes I forget how GODDAMN IGNORANT people on this sight can be.... what f@#$ing difference does it make what goddamn religion or race or sex any actor is. It has nothing to do with the role they are going to portray. If Tom was a right wing Christian, and some foreign country pulled the same shit, most of you guys would be on here crying your eyes out, and then Bush would bomb them off the face of the Earth....
Myrddin 6/26/2007 8:55:10 AM
I both laughed at this announcement and cringed. Yes, I think a religion created by a sci-fi writer is the height of stupidity, especially one where paying to be "saved" (cleansed) seems to be the main point. But it's unnerving that a religion would be the reason to bar a movie production in a modern country like Germany. In their defense, though, Crusie does have certain religious requirements with every production he is a part of. He requires that tents are set up to answers questions about the religion, etc. Essentially, he requires scientology missionaries to be on set. That may be the root of their complaint. If Cruise backs down on his personal requirements, I wouldn't be surprised to see filiming commense on German soil.
LittleNell1824 6/26/2007 9:19:20 AM
I believe German considers Scientology a cult for two reasons: 1. It mandates that it's adherents pay for classes, materials, and sessions. 2. It harrasses people who try to drop out or speak against them. Harrassment charges include bugging phones, threats, stalking, etc. Because Germany considers it a cult, they don't want foreigners in the country promoting it, and as Myrddin says, Tom Cruise insists on promoting Scientology as part of his contract.
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