Tom Cruise tells Spanish magazine that Scientology cured his dyslexia


Cruise told Matt Lauer in his “Mea Culpa” return to the Today Show that he regretted his anti-psychiatry Scientology rant in 2005 and that he would try and tone down the rhetoric in the future. He said there was a “time and place” to talk about Scientology and that “I’m just here to entertain people.”

American audiences are knowledgeable and wary enough of the cult for Tom to have to keep it zipped if he wants to improve his image, but apparently Cruise doesn’t feel the same about Spanish people. He is quoted as telling a Spanish magazine that he “cured” his dyslexia with the help of Scientology’s “study tech” developed by it’s founder, failed science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. (It’s somewhat possible Cruise gave these quotes earlier and they’re being rehashed by the magazine, as the Associated Press notes in their coverage. It does sound like a new interview though.)

Actor Tom Cruise said Scientology teachings helped him overcome childhood dyslexia, a Spanish magazine reported.

Cruise was quoted by Spanish magazine XL Semanal as saying he was diagnosed with the learning disability when he was 7 years old.

Cruise said he was often anxious, frustrated and bored as a youth and couldn’t concentrate in class, the magazine reported on its Web site Sunday.

The magazine quoted Cruise as saying he was functionally illiterate when he graduated from school in 1980, but learned to read perfectly as an adult through Scientology technology.

XL Semanal said the interview was conducted in Los Angeles, but did not say when. A transcript of Cruise’s original comments in English was not available.

The Church of Scientology was established in 1945 by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, and claims 10 million members around the world. Cruise and fellow actor John Travolta among its more famed followers.

[From AP via Huffington Post]

Scientology’s Study Tech has been widely discredited by education experts, and there are no independent studies to verify it’s effectiveness. Critics say that it is a way for Scientologists to try and slip their belief system unnoticed into a school’s curriculum and indoctrinate new recruits. Success stories largely rely on anecdotal evidence and testimonials.

The Andrew Morton unauthorized biography of Tom Cruise claimed that his relationship with Penelope Cruz was a deliberate move to try and expand the Scientology cult’s empire into Spain and Latin America. The actor also had a brief relationship with Sofia Vergara that Morton says dissolved once she learned she was being used as a PR tool for the cult.

If Cruise did give these quotes, it seems like a calculated statement to try and hype Scientology to Spanish-speaking audiences. Cruise seems to know that there’s a “time and place” to discuss the cult, and that American audiences are too savvy to buy it. Hopefully Spanish audiences are too.

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and Suri are shown out in NY on 1/3/08. Credit: WENN

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  1. photo jojo says:

    Ugh. He’s completely repulsive to me. That toothy “Guy Smiley” smile weirds me out in a serious way.

  2. Kelly says:

    he must be doing scientology PR because of Jetts death.

  3. RReedy says:

    SOMEBODY! Hit the “off” button! Point the remote between his eyes.

  4. Baholicious says:

    He’s really rocking the Ferret Face in this picture, isn’t he?

    In the wake of Jett’s passing, what Cruise should be doing is keeping his foolish mouth shut, though as reported, it’s not certain if this is a new interview or a rehash of statements previously made by him.

    As for courting the Spanish community, that’s a huge demographic that of course C0$ would love to tap. I’m sure that’s why, with the failure of Cruise & Cruz and the other woman, they turned their interest to Lopez and Anthony. Just speculating though.

  5. Tess says:

    Tom and the guy I assume is his bodyguard have that vampires-about-to-feed look.

  6. Codzilla says:

    Baho: I agree. The “church” should wire this guy’s mouth shut. He’s done more public damage to their “cause” than anyone or anything else (that I know of, at least).

  7. CB Rawks says:

    hehehe But I Love Guy Smiley! Don’t damage Sesame St. for me, jojo! :D

  8. geronimo says:

    No, don’t wire his mouth shut!! It can only be a matter of time before Tom brings scientology to its knees. Would you prefer if they swopped him as their primary frontman for someone with scientology credibility (an oxymoron if ever there was one), someone that people might take seriously?? Cruise, with all his limitations on permanent display for all the world to see, is scientology’s very *best* advocate.

    Go Tom!

  9. KateNonymous says:

    He’s said this before, although I don’t know if they’re just running old statements.

  10. gilly says:

    Trust him to come out spouting how Scientology is so … well whatever. totally out of order in the wake of jetts death, is it because he’s afraid people will blame this cult for jett not having medicine’s for his illness because scientolgist dont need them huh

  11. KDRockstar says:

    I agree with Kate… this is not new news. Knowing how badly mags need sales right now (do the research), I’m blaming the magazine. The AP should have known better than regurgitate this right now.

  12. Christina says:

    in defense of alternate beliefs, i don’t think scientology is any different than say… eastern medicine or buddhism or something… though i have a lot of respect for buddhism and i don’t know much about scientology so that analogy is very loose… the point being that, the brain is a very complicated thing… and i don’t find it completely absurd that an individual can “heal” themselves of mental disorders through some unconventional method… far be it for me to uphold one method over another, but i definitely think it’s possible… it would be pretty tragic if we were doomed to live in the same mental state that we were born with… i think the brain has allowed for enough flexibility so that growth is possible…

    point being, i wouldn’t be so quick to condemn alternate forms of self healing… i know a lot of people who are into them and they are wonderful human beings…

  13. ck2 says:

    of course scientology cured tom of dyslexia!
    that explains why he couldnt read the cue card on letterman.

  14. Baholicious says:

    @ck2: maybe that’s because they didn’t hold it upside-down.

    ‘Cured’ of dyslexia my eye. How would anybody know? He has people to do everything for him, including reading his scripts. No-one in that circle would ever, or dare, inform the world that Little Tommy can’t read.

  15. morgs says:

    My friend had dyslexia. His parents got him a tutor and an educational therapist. He is now very succesful. Maybe Xenu works in mysterious ways for Tom. But for the rest of us, going about the normal way of fixing a learning disorder is just fine.

  16. Amy says:

    @Christina — You must not know much about either philosophy/practice if you think Scientology is anyway close to Buddhism. Please tell me that was just a very dry, sarcastic comment.

    As for the dyslexia thing, he’s been saying that for years. He also claims he helps other people firsthand with the study tech. Yes, Tom, we really believe you work hands-on with people when you aren’t spending millions of dollars a month.

  17. vdantev says:

    Cured his dyslexia, but not his manic grinning.

    Clam Christina in the Hizzy fo’ shizzy !!

    Whaddup ??

  18. bros says:

    times like this make me want to rewatch that awesome internal Co$ video he made where he laughs maniacally and talks about being the only one that can really help, and knowing he has to stop at an accident. god i love that!

  19. poopie says:

    Check out the HAIR PLUGS !!! he’s had some serious work done and the ‘ferret’ face look is NOT becoming!!

  20. Christina says:

    so everybody knows exactly which methods tom employed in order to heal himself… or whatever he thinks he did… amy, why don’t you describe them to me since you seem to know…

    all religions believe in “strange” ideas… there isn’t really a fundamental difference between them…

    all i’m saying is keep an open mind, different things work for different people… the mind can be a mysterious thing…

    the public’s conspiracy theories about scientology is borderline psychotic to me… which makes me want to defend the practice. i don’t know a single person who’s life has been affected by scientology… so why all the commotion?>

  21. boomchakaboom says:

    Please shut up Tom. Between Tom and his wife I’m about sick of everything shiny. They sold their souls for fame & fortune and it’s so not going to work out in the end.

  22. vdantev says:

    Clam Christina preach it !!

  23. geronimo says:

    @Christina – Scientology is not a religion, surely you know this? It’s a brainwashing cult. It does the polar oposite of enabling, it stifles and drains every last drop of personality and creativity out of its practitioners while feeding their needy egos with the belief that they are somehow superior to those of us who see it for the shameless, money-making brainchild of a con-artist that it is.

  24. Baholicious says:

    @Christina: “the public’s conspiracy theories about scientology is borderline psychotic…”

    Good thing Co$ doesn’t recognize psychosis or then they’d be REALLY worried about SPs, wouldn’t they.

  25. Tick says:

    UH, “FAILED” science fiction writer?

    Hubbard is a god of science fiction and that should be put out there. It should be known that a SCI-FI writer is what Cruise, Travolta and the likes base their religion on, science FICTION…….
    and the fucked up thing is Scientology is really just based on Hubbard’s ego.
    “i bet you can’t make a religion and get legions of people to join it”
    ” i bet i can!”
    and so is scientology as we know it…..

    Although i am not sure its different from people believing everything in the bible….hmmm?!?

  26. Kaiser says:

    Hola Xenu! Me gusta barley water.

  27. Baholicious says:

    @Tick: No, Robert A. Heinlein is God of Science Fiction. Harlan Ellison is a God of Science Fiction. Hubbard’s a one-note wonder in that genre, that’s what he is.

  28. Tick says:

    i stand corrected…..
    but i do enjoy Hubbards sci-fi stories

  29. Christina says:

    what makes something a legitimate religion? time? i happen to be a christian, but i’m not going to claim that somehow christianity makes sense on a superficial level… i think most people realize religion has to be accepted on a deeper and metaphoric basis…

    people believe in strange ideas, because life lends itself to it… i think that the concept of existence has very mysterious undertones… that is, when one takes their head out of their 9 to 5 and thinks about it a little bit…

    i’m gonna put my credentials out there once again and say that i am a physicists so i have a relatively good understanding of the unvierse… but if anyone thinks science clears up all the fundamental questions about peoples’ curiosity about existence, they are highly mistaken… as far as i’m concerned, it opens up even more questions… i’m simply stating that existence is strange and mysterious and enigmatic… so i UNDERSTAND when people subscribe to “strange” concepts to explain how things work… and i also believe that the way our brains work, you can manipulate it to a certain extent to achieve certain results…

    i’m not claiming that mental disorders don’t exist to any degree… just stating that i don’t think there’s only one road to happiness… and even more importantly, i refuse to claim that i have any idea what that road is… just keeping an open mind… and i’m not goint to hang anyone for what they believe in…

  30. Baholicious says:

    @Christina: “i happen to be a christian…” that means nothing. Scientology finds no conflict of interest between its teachings and other religions. That’s so they don’t deter potential followers and promote their religion as ‘other-faith’ neutral: you can still be a practicing Catholic/Hindu/Zoroastrian AND still be a scientologist.

    (Can’t they give the clams new material to work with?)

  31. chee chee says:

    Dyed hair. Hair plugs. Botox.
    Dang! I thought this worked a month ago.
    And with the naive moviegoers making “Valkyrie” a modest hit, so far, He still has aged!

  32. Faye says:

    Scientology is a cult, maybe they will all meet in a big building and light themselves on fire to cure all their problems. I feel sorry for the poor kid’s who are not old enough to think for themselves. Indoctrination…where are the child protective services when needed, stop these freaks from harming thoes light of what happened with the Travolta’s ya think they might WAKE THE FUK UP!!

  33. Keith Sodi says:

    Beam him up, Scotty. We’re tired of him.

  34. Joolzz says:

    I support anyone who believes what they need to believe to lead a good life, just don’t push it on me

  35. kit says:

    Now, if they could cure his mania, maybe they’d be on to something.

  36. hail says:

    The hair plugs, ah yes. He shouldn’t wear the hair grease. It makes them stand out.

  37. CosVis says:

    My main gripe with CO$ (love who-ever coined that by the way) is not just that it is an obvious brainwashing cult, rather the way it treats any voices of descent, any people who leave the “church” and any people wishing to investigate it. Legitimate religions should not shy away from being investigated by potential members and the world at large, especially if they feel they have nothing to hide (which is why I don’t trust the Vatican and other established religions with areas that “normal” members of their religions can’t access; after all they worship the same god, follow the same practices and hope to get to the same destination aferwards if all is right and equal with the world).

    I wouldn’t encourage anybody to join any “religion” without first scrutinizing it properly, otherwise you could be joining any money draining cult! *cough* CO$ *cough* The CO$ need to stop harrassing people as part of the “Fair game” policy. It’s ridiculous that policy even exists!

    Anyway in regards to the article; Tom, please just sit down somewhere quietly and have a cup of tea, dear. It’s not that serious.

  38. libraesque says:

    what a repulsive irresponsible douche. YEA RIGHT, $cientology “cured” him…..that must explain why for his ENTIRE career he’s only made ONE movie per year…..sounds more like someone with dyslexia. Also, he’s one of the only celebrities that has never done Saturday Night Live….EVER….most likely because he can’t read cue cards, or learn skits in only 1 week because HE HAS DYSLEXIA and always has.

  39. boomchakaboom says:

    Christina, you sound very open minded and obviously non-judgmental which god knows the world needs more of. (ed:preposition acknowledged) While I agree with your basic statement that no one path is the only path, there still lies the fundamentals of any set of beliefs, which must be sound by some measure. Science fiction is not a sound fundamental by any stretch, and Scientology does seem to rely heavily on some wacked out ideas. Not to mention the founder himself.

  40. bros says:

    good point libraesque. i hadnt thought about that.

  41. sassyspank says:

    he makes it a point to always be photographed . . he has this insatiable need to be observed – where does it come from? Is he that lost that he needs to assert his identity through paps and press? It’s sad and pathetic . . but it’s what he’s known for the majority of his life – it asserted it before, so to let go now would be like quitting the drug. So Xenu takes over – with its promised protection and international web ensuring his career (all members are ‘encouraged’ to see his movies.) He bought insurance in maintaining a career by being seduced by Xenu. We are fascinated because it’s so friggin’ weird! and sad. and pathetic. you feel sorry for him, but you have a hard time looking away also…

  42. breederina says:

    ” Hola Xenu! Me gusta barley water.”

    thanks @ Kaiser, wipes laughter tears from eyes, that hit the spot. w/ props to @dante who started me giggling.

  43. vdantev says:

    So who wants to boil the water so we can get this clambake started properly?

  44. boomchakaboom says:

    Wtf does ‘clam’ refer to?

  45. Shannon says:

    Most Spanish I know are Catholics and those that aren’t are beaten. Scientology doesn’t have a chance.

  46. Les says:

    I work with people who, almost everyday, claim they prayed to God for:

    a baby girl
    to heal their mother
    their father
    any member of their family to be healed, etc

    They claim that it did happen. Watch Benny Hinn – he will heal you!

    What is so different about what Tom Cruise is saying?

  47. Baholicious says:

    @Shannon: If they could make low-riders can run on barley water they may rope in a few.

    @Les: In the case of your example, nothing.

  48. vdantev says:

    Boomchaka- it’s a code name for a Scientologist, from the man himself L.Ron Hubbard.

  49. dovesgate says:

    Clams as in money. If something cost you a thousand clams… Hubbard only saw those people as dollar signs.

  50. boomchakaboom says:

    vdantev: Thank you. I thought as much but wanted clarification.

    dovesgate: interesting choice of monikers, to be sure.

  51. Hellary says:

    Hey Christina…Nazism was a religion with strange beliefs too…is it OK with you if they hang around and practice exterminating people?

  52. Baholicious says:

    While Hellary’s comment is a little flippant, there is the point equating Nazism with religion. It was much more than a political philosophy which made it so insidious and evil.

    Anyone interested should check out the ‘The Occult History of the Third Reich.’

  53. Baholicious says:

    @Boom: That’s not why they’re called ‘clams’ but go here to find out why:

  54. slow wine says:

    I think tom get a bad rap from time to time. We all the neg stuff we here what has he done that is good

  55. slow wine says:

    I dont care what anyone say I think tom is sexy

  56. pak31 says:

    Actually I think Tom looks better here than that ugly Moe haircut he has been sporting for so long. He looks as if he lost a few pounds too. As far as the whole Scientology thing goes, he does have every right to follow what he wants to but I think that it wasn’t fair of Hubbard to basically lead people on and trick them into thinking that his way was this powerful way of living, when his whole agenda was to get money. I think he viewed these people as easy prey to get what he wanted and didn’t seem to care who he harmed along the way.

  57. Liquid Muse says:

    I like Tom Cruise, but I really wish he’d get off the Scientology band wagon. Nobody likes going to his movies anymore because they all think he’s nuts. If he’s dyslexic, I sure didn’t notice it.

    I’ve noticed he’s looking extremely slim, these days. I saw him on The Tonight Show and he looked anorexic. I don’t know if he’s slimming down for a new role or if Katie is not feeding him. Whatever the case, I surely wish the old Tom Cruise would come to surface.