Tom Cruise: 'I Bear a Great Responsibility to Stauffenberg'

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Despite media criticism of his membership in Scientology, Tom Cruise chatted this week to a German magazine about his upcoming film about a Hitler assassination plot and the walks in Berlin's parks he enjoys with Katie and Suri. He also lashed back at critics, telling them to "see the film" before dissing it.

After more than a month of filming in a country whose press is often quick to vilify him for his membership in the Church of Scientology, Tom Cruise has spoken to a German magazine about his current film role and life in Berlin.
Cruise, 45, along with wife Katie Holmes and daughter Suri are staying in Berlin for the filming of the World War II drama "Valkyrie." In the film, scheduled for release in 2008, Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an army officer of aristocratic lineage who was executed following the failed July 1944 attempt to kill Hitler.

In Germany, Scientology is not considered a religion, but rather a cult and business that preys on the vulnerable. Cruise's affiliation with the organization has led to widespread criticism of the actor in Germany. Newspaper reports have bemoaned the selection of Cruise to play the historical person who some consider to be one of the few prominent heroes of the Nazi era. Even one of Stauffenberg's sons told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that he wishes Cruise would "keep his fingers off my father."

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