Paul Thomas Anderson directed Tom Cruise in “Magnolia”, which led to an eventual Academy Award nomination for Cruise and his portrayal of Frank T.J. Mackey therein. They have remained friends since.
Anderson is now at the helm of his latest “The Master”, a movie loosely based on the life of L. Ron Hubbard and the origins of Scientology. As Cruise is the most famous and a somewhat zealous Scientologist, its only natural that Anderson would give Tom a sneak peak behind the curtain on this project. That has apparently already happened, and Mr. Cruise was apparently less than enraptured with the contents thereof.
Due out this October, “The Master” is about a war veteran who starts up a religious organization and brings a young drifter under his wing. The cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams.
The Wrap, reporting out of the Cannes Film Festival, has learned from unnamed sources that Cruise may have had “some issues” with the film after his preview, but did not elaborate further. Cruises representatives have made no comment on the subject thus far. While this development is noteworthy, we certainly hope it ends up in the much-ado-about-nothing file.