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TOM Cruise‘s former publicist has revealed she tried to get the actor to tone down talk about Scientology.
PR veteran Pat Kingsley, 81, has opened up in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“I did have that conversation with Tom, about cooling it,” Kingsley says, recalling what she told him at the time: “‘Scientology is fine. You want to do a tour for Scientology? Do a tour for Scientology. But Warner Bros. is sponsoring this tour.’ That was for [2003's] The Last Samurai.
“He didn’t say yes or no, except he did not discuss Scientology on that European tour.”
Kingsley says there been only one “serious conflict” before with the Scientology reps, “but it was taken care of very early in the game”.
“I felt that they were involved in a story that I was doing on Tom, and I said: ‘It’s not your story, it’s Tom’s. You have to step aside,’” she recalls. “And they did.”
Kingsley, who worked with Cruise from the early 1990s until 2004, was once so close with him that they “could almost finish each other’s sentence,” she says.
“We never really had a disagreement about direction or any particular interview. The trust became pretty complete on both sides.
“We talked constantly. He was an insomniac. I liked the fact that he was so much fun. And he was so thoughtful. He remembered birthdays, my daughter’s birthday. He came to her wedding; she was registered somewhere for the china, and he bought out everything.
“Tom Cruise was a prince.”
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