Scarlett Johansson escaped Tom Cruise's Scientology evangelism plans

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Jun 21, 2005, 2:18:26 AM6/21/05
Scarlett Johansson escaped Cruise's plans
June 20, 2005 2:40 PM

Tom Cruise might have tried to recruit Scarlett Johansson to Scientology
long before he set his sights on fresh-faced fiance Katie Holmes. reports that the Lost in Translation star, who was expected to
co-star with Cruise in MI:3 but dropped out due to "scheduling conflicts,"
attended a private tour of a Scientology center with her would-be co-star
before fleeing the building and subsequently the project.

"After two hours of proselytizing," according to, "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."

Rumors of Cruise's handlers auditioning a host of young starlets to be his
"girlfriend" and convert to the controversial religion have been plaguing
the internet since Cruise and Holmes were caught on camera together in Rome
earlier this year.

"Is this Tom Cruise's version of a first date? It's becoming increasingly
difficult to make distinctions between his personal, professional and
religious life," Rick Ross of told "Tom Cruise and
Scientology seem intent on recruiting a hot young star. Apparently, Scarlett
Johansson flunked her test, but Katie Holmes passed."

Tom's engagement must come as good news for Keri Russell, who has just been
cast opposite Cruise in MI:3. She might have had difficulty juggling
Scientology with her Mormon background.

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