March 27, 2007

OUGHTN'T CRUISE PLAY THE OTHER ROLE?:

Family of German war hero slam Cruise casting (Guardian Unlimited, 3/27/07)

A forthcoming film about Adolf Hitler's would-be assassin has sparked criticism from the dead man's family. Descendants of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg object to the choice of Tom Cruise for the lead role, fearing that the story will be turned into "propaganda" for the actor's Scientology beliefs.

Focus, a German news magazine, has reported that Cruise is currently considering the role of von Stauffenberg. A spokesperson for United Artists, the film's backers, is believed to have confirmed the news.

Born into an aristocratic Bavarian family, Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg was the Wehrmacht colonel behind the July 20 plot to kill the F├╝hrer in 1944. The German officer placed a bomb in a suitcase under a table at a meeting Hitler was attending. The bomb detonated but was not strong enough to kill the German leader, although four members of his inner circle died in the blast. Von Stauffenberg was subsequently caught and executed.


The poor guy gave his life fighting one cult leader only to be played by another?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2007 3:03 PM
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Nothng says Bavarian aristrocrat like Tom Cruise, a little punk who made one funny film, "Risky Business" a hundred years ago and parlayed it into a series of ho-hums.

Posted by: erp at March 27, 2007 5:19 PM
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