Separating Entertainment From the Entertainer

Unless you've been under a rock for a while, you know "War of the Worlds" is coming soon to a theater near you. I'm interested in seeing it, but recently I became hesitant because of the main actor, Tom Cruise. Lately...well, damn, I don't know if he's acting and talking like an idiot to get publicity or because he really is a moron, but either way I was wondering if I should not see the movie in a small, unnoticable protest of his involvement with Scientology. He's also completely misinformed on a lot of issues (which I'm glad the reporter for "Entertainment Weekly" called him on - go here for the details), but my real beef is his promotion of a religion that is pretty twisted [1]. However, I realized that's not the right thing to do. I'm sure there's a lot of things I don't agree with if I talked to every actor from every movie I've seen, but does that take away anything from the movie itself? No. They're actors - they're supposed to act! So, hopefully Liz and I can find a sitter so we can be entertained by big, special effects.

[1] I'm sure I'll get sued for exercising my freedom of speech soon by those high up in the ranks of Scientology. Bring it on - I'd love to make money on a counter-suit :)

* Posted at 06.14.2005 01:29:04 PM CST | Link *

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