Tom Cruise went crazy at the Today host when questioned about Scientology and prescription drugs, even rejecting claims that drugs such as Ritalin help people as "glib".
You’ve got to hand it to Tom Cruise (DVDs) – of all the career suicides in history, this is one of the most spectacular.
The last Tom Cruise film was, in fact, the best Tom Cruise film. In
Collateral he played completely against ‘failed hero redeems himself
and saves the world’ type, and for once he was believable. The film was
an exercise in stylish understatement, and was all the better for it.
It looked like Tom Cruise was entering the most interesting stage in
Then, before you know it, he’s shacked up with a virgin young enough
to be his daughter, leaps about on Oprah’s sofa, proposes to his young
beau and gets squirted in the face at a premiere of a film where he
fights some aliens.
Sure, that’s some crazy oddball behaviour. But at least it’s
entertaining crazy oddball behaviour. Going on television and
dismissing a renowned care profession – well, that’s slightly more
He’d already spoken out against Brooke Shields – an actress who
bravely and candidly discussed her post-natal depression and how taking
anti-depressants helped her cope. He returned to the topic on Today,
where he told Lauer "She doesn’t know the history of psychiatry". He
went on to suggest that vitamins and exercise were more effective.
"If you start talking about chemical imbalance, you have to evaluate
and read the research papers on how they came up with these theories,
Matt, okay? That’s what I’ve done."
It’s no secret that Scientology has strong links to the mental
health profession – founder L. Ron Hubbard had written a book called
Dianetics: The Modern Science Of Mental Health, and there are reports
that an internal Scientology policy statement contained the line "Our
war has been forced to become to take over absolutely the field of
mental healing on this planet in all forms."
Nobody is suggesting that people aren’t allowed to discuss things
that they feel strongly about, but it seems a little irresponsible of
Cruise to use his celebrity to denounce something which has helped thousands of people over
the years, especially as he has no formal qualifications to back up his
How will this affect Tom’s career? Will studios trust him to star in
and promote their films when he keeps straying away from actual
promotion in order to put the world to rights? Only time will tell.
The fact remains – if you want help with mental illness, go to a
doctor. If you want to see a tiny, big-nosed man running around trying
to look sincere, go and see War Of The Worlds.
What do you think? Is Tom right to get so uptight about prescription drugs, or should he just take a chill pill? Leave your comments below.
[story by Stuart Heritage]