Cruise Out to Save World in Wacky Video

Calls Scientology 'rough and tumble, wild and woolly, and a blast'
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2008 9:00 AM CST

(Newser) – The latest Tom Cruise thriller is a Scientology testimonial video circulating online in which the weirdly intense actor promotes the faith as the way to save the world, and urges fellow Scientologists to "educate to bring a new reality" to non-believers. "When you drive past an accident," Cruise says, with the Mission: Impossible theme throbbing in the background, "you have to do something because you know you're the only one that can really help."

Cruise says Scientologists are put on Earth to rescue people—"spectatorism is something we have no time for now" —and he's 100% committed. "It's rough and tumble, it's wild and woolly, and it's a blast. It really is." The unauthorized tape, which may date to his winning the church's Freedom Medal of Valor in 2006, comes out just as an unauthorized biog by Princess Di biographer Andrew Morton hits the shelves, highlighting Cruise's leadership role in the organization.