I heard about this on Howard Stern this morning, but for the longest time couldn’t find where the rumor came from and now I have as Radar Online is attempting to shed some light on the whole reason why Scarlett Johansson decided not to work on Mission: Impossible 3.
This is all according to an apparent source close to Johansson, so take it for what it is. The source told Radar Online the following:
Weeks before he began wooing his brainwashed bride-to-be [Katie Holmes], Cruise made repeated phone calls to the 19-year-old starlet [Johansson] â€”who was then set to co-star with him in Mission: Impossible IIIâ€”imploring her to meet him at the Scientology Celebrity Center in L.A. But when the actress finally agreed, the supposedly professional get-together took an oddly spiritual turn. “[Cruise] took me into this room, which was stifling hot, and was showing me all kinds of info about joining the church,” Johansson told our source. “The whole time he didnâ€™t even offer me a cookie!” Instead, he offered her dinnerâ€”and a glimpse into the Twilight Zone.
After two hours of proselytizing, our source says Cruise opened a door to reveal a second room full of upper-level Scientologists who had been waiting to dine with the pair, at which point the cool-headed ingenue politely excused herself. Soon after the meeting, Johansson dropped out of Mission Impossible III, reportedly due to scheduling conflicts. Asked about the incident, Johanssonâ€™s momager, Melanie Johansson, referred Radar to a publicist, who did not return calls or emails seeking comment.
I have to call bullshit on the majority of this, and while the Johansson scientology scare may be legit I have a hard time believing that someone of Cruise’s stature would stoop so low as to start calling up Hollywood hotties in order to court them into his religion and then into his life. I have been known to be wrong before (although not that often) but I just don’t see it happening… then again I didn’t expect Michael Jackson to be back in Neverland Ranch… Man, he is creepy.