The Hollywood Reporter excerpted a portion [of Paul Haggis' forthcoming book, "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief"] about Tom Cruise, Scientology leader David Miscavige, and Sea Orgs (the church’s “elite clergy”). Here’s what we learned:
9. Cruise tried to convince President George W. Bush’s Secretary of Education Rod Paige to include Hubbard’s “study tech” educational methods into No Child Left Behind.
10. Which led to this interaction between Cruise and Miscavige:
“Bush may be an idiot,” Miscavige observed, “but I wouldn’t mind his being our Constantine,” referring to the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity.
Cruise agreed. “If f–ing Arnold can be governor, I could be president.”
Miscavige responded, “Well, absolutely, Tom.”