Cruise May Have to Buy Hitler's Globe

Owner of copyrighted artifact may sue
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2009 11:30 AM CST
In this image released by MGM, Tom Cruise portrays Claus von Stauffenberg in "Valkyrie."   (AP Photo/MGM, Frank Connor)
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(Newser) Valkyrie star Tom Cruise could be a “real-life hero”—by putting up the cash to purchase Adolf Hitler’s globe before United Artists is sued over it, the New York Post reports. The globe, a replica of which was featured prominently in Valkyrie, is owned by San Francisco ad exec Bob Pritkin. He copyrighted the artifact’s likeness so it wouldn't be used by neo-Nazi groups and is threatening to sue after seeing the movie.

Investigators for Pritkin, penner of such catchy jingles as “Rice-a-Roni,” acknowledge the mishap was likely an oversight. They’re still hoping Cruise will pony up, though: “I think it would be a wonderful gesture of good will on Tom Cruise's part to purchase the globe along with all of the other Hitler artifacts owned by Mr. Pritikin and donate them to the Wiesenthal Center,” one investigator said.