June 29, 2005

We’re not alone in universe, says Tom Cruise

BERLIN (Reuters) - Hollywood actor Tom Cruise not onlybattles creatures from outer space in his latest film "War ofthe Worlds," he also believes aliens exist, he told a Germannewspaper on Wednesday.

Asked in an interview with the tabloid daily Bild if hebelieved in aliens, Cruise said: "Yes, of course. Are youreally so arrogant as to believe we are alone in this universe?

"Millions of stars, and we're supposed to be the onlyliving creatures? No, there are many things out there, we justdon't know," Cruise, 42, said in the interview published inGerman.

Cruise is a follower of the Scientology church founded byscience fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, and his recentwillingness to discuss the faith has raised eyebrows in themedia.

Most controversially, Cruise criticized actress BrookeShields for revealing she had taken antidepressants. Anofficial Scientology Web site argues that people should livedrug-free.

Cruise also dismissed psychiatry as a "pseudo science,"invoking the ire of the American Psychiatric Association thatcalled the remarks "irresponsible."

But many scientologists feel they are unfairly criticized,arguing that although many believe in the concept of aliens, itis not such an unreasonable proposition, and that the sideeffects of some medication are not fully understood.

Cruise's new film "War of the Worlds" is based on Britishwriter H.G. Wells' 1898 story of the invasion of Earth byMartians.