Tom Cruise can be seen in a recently rediscovered video paying tribute to L Ron Hubbard, the deceased founder of Scientology. The actor, adorned with the Medal of Valor, which he was awarded for his humanitarian efforts, commends the religion for its contributions to saving the world and encourages its followers. The video has a slightly unsettling tone.
1. Cruise Truly Believes Scientology Is Changing Life As We Know It
"These are the times, people. These are the times we will all remember. Were you there? What did ya do?" he can be heard saying. "I think you know that I am there for you, and I do care so very, very, very much. So what d'ya say? Are we gonna clean this place up?"
2. Tom Cruise Then Turns To Salute A Portrait Of L Ron Hubbard
Following his speech, Tom Cruise turns towards a portrait of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard and salutes him, which prompts a standing ovation from the audience of fellow Scientologists.
3. The Video Was First Uploaded In 2008
Recently posted on Reddit, a video that's been watched over a million times in the past 14 years has garnered renewed attention.
"This is like a Tupperware sales leader award ceremony from the planet Xenon," an internet user commented.
"Scientology teaches you that if you really want to connect with people when making a speech then play an invisible piano."
4. Tom Cruise Will Always Love Scientology
Given that the Hollywood actor Tom Cruise is the prominent figurehead of Scientology, he is an asset that the organization will go to great lengths to safeguard and keep content. It's worth noting that the Church of Scientology discarded Cruise's first wife, Mimi Rogers, to make way for his relationship and subsequent marriage to Nicole Kidman.