It may be one of the two things: 1) Scientology makes people Rich and Successful OR 2) Rich and Successful People do have some attraction for Scientology; and Scientology or no Scientology, they would be Rich and Successful.
Whatever of the two reasons it may be, Scientology also consciously attaches itself to those with power, charisma, and potential.
A new Book detailing Scientology and its influence in Hollywood, by Pulitzer-prize winning author Lawrence Wright says that Scientology actually heavily courted Tom Cruise. To the extent that it pushed Tom Cruise to Divorce Nicole Kidman. The time exactly coincided with, when Tom’s career went starwards.
According to some reports, Scientology’s leader David Miscavige seemed obsessed with Cruise; became best friends with the star.
Excerpt from the Book:
“When it came to Cruise, Miscavige was bedazzled by the glamour surrounding the star, who introduced him to a social set outside of Scientology, a world Miscavige knew little about, having spent most of his life cloistered in the Sea Org. He was thrilled when he visited Cruise on the set of Days of Thunder, and the actor took him skydiving for the first time. Cruise, for his part, fell under the spell of Miscavige’s commanding personality. He modeled his determined naval-officer hero in 1992’s A Few Good Men on Miscavige, a fact that the Church leader liked to brag about.”
The book also claims that it was Miscavige who made Tom believe that, his then wife Nicole Kidman was a money-hungry bad influence.
Excerpt from the Book:
“…blamed [her] and viewed her as a gold digger who was faking Scientology. . . Miscavige was hopeful that if they portrayed Nicole Kidman as a Suppressive Person, Cruise could be peeled away from her.”
About the Book:
by: Lawrence Wright
sales rank: 210
A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—both famous and less well known—and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.
At the book’s center, two men whom Wright brings vividly to life, showing how they have made Scientology what it is today: The darkly brilliant science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion. And his successor, David Miscavige—tough and driven, with the unenviable task of preserving the church after the death of Hubbard.
We learn about Scientology’s complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.
In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of this constitutional protection. Employing all his exceptional journalistic skills of observation, understanding, and shaping a story into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded yet keenly incisive book that reveals the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is.