Is Tom Cruise trying to recruit Top Gun: Maverick co-stars Miles Teller and Glenn Powell for Scientology? That's the claim in one of the tabloids. Gossip Cop looked into the situation and we can set the record straight.
In the upcoming Top Gun sequel, Teller and Powell play fighter pilots being trained by Cruise's character. According to the Globe, when the cameras aren't rolling, the movie star is also trying to groom the young actors to join his controversial religion. An alleged insider tells the magazine that Cruise has been "barraging" the actors with Scientology teachings, adding, "They like Tom and they're thrilled to be working with him, but he does come off as too overbearing sometimes."
The supposed source further contends that Cruise bring books about Scientology to the set of the film, "and shares his insights and revelations with them, expecting them to be bedazzled. He hands out books and pamphlets and it's considered rude if you don't take one." The questionable tipster goes on to say that Teller and Powell "don't want to be ungrateful, but they're pretty much forced to sit there and take it all in while Tom's enthusiasm takes off." The suspicious source adds that Cruise uses every opportunity on set "to promote Scientology and say how great it is and what it could do for them."
The tabloid's article simply isn't accurate. Cruise has worked on dozens of movies throughout the years, and he's never been known to recruit his co-stars for Scientology. Still, Gossip Cop checked in with sources involved in the production of Top Gun: Maverick, and we're told the magazine's report is fabricated. Cruise isn't spending his downtime on set trying to convince his younger co-stars to join his religion.
It's worth noting, Gossip Cop has called out the Globe for coming up with similar storylines in the past. A few months ago, the magazine falsely claimed that Cruise was trying to recruit Barbra Streisand for Scientology. That article was equally false, and the singer hasn't joined the church.
In 2016, the tabloid's sister publication, OK!, made up a story about Cruise trying to get Margot Robbie to become a Scientologist. That story also said the movie star wanted to cast the actress in the Top Gun sequel. As time has shown, Robbie hasn't joined Scientology and she's not co-starring in Top Gun: Maverick.
And last year, the Globe's other sister outlet, Star, published a contradictory story about Cruise quitting Scientology. There's a lot of mystery surrounding the movie star's involvement in the religion, but the gossip media clearly has no insight into it. This latest article concerning Cruise and his Top Gun: Maverick co-stars is more fiction.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.