Mon Jul 2, 2007 12:11PM BST
By Louis Charbonneau
BERLIN (Reuters) – Makers of a movie about a failed plot to kill Adolf Hitler will not be allowed to use a German memorial site but this is unrelated to the fact that star Tom Cruise is a Scientologist, the Finance Ministry said on Monday.
Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung had made it clear the filmmakers could not shoot at any military sites as long as Cruise plays hero Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg because of his link to Scientology. Berlin regards it as a cult masquerading as a religion to make money, a view Scientology leaders reject.
The American actor has had problems with German authorities due to his membership in Scientology in the past. Stauffenberg’s eldest son said he did not want Cruise to portray his father.