Seth Rogen Opens up About How Tom Cruise Pitched Scientology | 22 Words

Seth Rogen has opened up about how Tom Cruise pitched Scientology to him when they first met in 2006...

And how that wasn't even the most awkward part of their encounter!

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Scroll on to hear what the actor had to say about his interaction with Cruise...

Now, although Tom Cruise is a man of many talents...

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​He certainly comes with a lot of controversy.

The Mission Impossible actor is an outspoken advocate for the Church of Scientology and its associated social programs...

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And he has attempted to promote the unorthodox religion all around the world - especially in Europe - for years now.

Rumors have been rife in Hollywood of Cruise's true personality for quite some time...

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And many bizarre accusations have been made against the actor.

For example...

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Former Scientologist Leah Remini was asked during a Reddit AMA in 2017 whether Cruise was a nice guy or not, to which she responded flatly, "No!"

"There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there's the person behind the mask who is a completely different person."

Remini also claimed Cruise is "a child"...

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And in her book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, she recalled the time she and her husband were invited by Cruise and his ex-wife, Katie Holmes, for dinner at their place.

Cruise decided he wanted to make cookies for his guests. Us Weekly reported that he "quickly became upset when he couldn't find any ingredients in his kitchen. He began to reportedly scream at his assistants, even though there was a batch of prepackaged cookie dough on the table in front of him. 'Guys, where's the cookie stuff?' Goddamn it! Can I just get the stuff for the cookies, guys? Get in the f**king present time, is what you need to do.'"

There have also been numerous occasions when Cruise behaved in an extremely bizarre fashion while being interviewed...

Including his 2005 interview with Oprah Interview, in which he spent the majority of the interview discussing Katie Holmes with over-the-top enthusiasm.

The actor was that taken with his emotions, he even jumped on the couch and grabbed Oprah's hands, shaking her hysterically.

So, as you can see...

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Tom Cruise is a pretty quirky guy! And Seth Rogen has recently spoken out about the most bizarre interaction with The War of the Worlds actor.

Rogen, who is best known for his hilarious roles in movies such as The Pineapple Express and Bad Neighbors, has opened up about how he met Cruise in 2006...

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And it sounded like a very strange experience.

Speaking on The Howard Stern Show, Rogen explained that fifteen years ago, he and Judd Apatow were invited to the actor's home...

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Right at the peak of the famous Tom Cruise "mania."

But right from the start, their visit didn't go exactly as planned.

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"I was driving up to his house. I had to pee so bad," Rogen recalled, "I was nervous to meet him anyway. I didn't want to meet him and be like, 'Hi, nice to meet you. Can I pee? Can I use your bathroom?' It was going to be an awkward first interaction!"

The Super Bad actor continued:

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"So he had this really long snaking driveway leading to his house... I stopped halfway up the driveway, kind of in the woods, above Sunset Blvd, and I peed in a Snapple bottle in my car. And then I sealed the bottle and left it there."

Unfortunately, later on, Rogen realized that moment wasn't quite as private as he previously thought.

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"As I was leaving the meeting, I was snaking back down the driveway and, as I was passing the exact spot that I peed in, I noticed a red light in the woods," he said.

"And there was a security camera literally pointed exactly at where I was peeing." Rogen joked that he hopes "the tapes" of that incident are being kept in a file "of Tom Cruise's blackmail" somewhere.

But that moment wasn't even the oddest thing that happened during that "very absurd" visit.

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Hours into their meeting, Rogen says the topic of Scientology came up, specifically "how weird" Cruise had been "looking in the press lately," to which, "Cruise said, 'I think the pharmaceutical industry is making me look bad.'"

Rogen said he thought that was "an odd conjecture to make" and "was a surprising thing to hear."

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Cruise apparently then offered to pitch the 2 comedians on the appeal of his religion.

"'It's like with Scientology,' he said, 'If you let me just tell you what it was really about... just give me like twenty minutes to really just tell you what it was about', you would say, 'No f****** way. No f****** way'."

In response, Rogen and Apatow gave each other a look like, "Is he gonna bite? Am I gonna bite? Can we come out of this? Are we strong enough to have him do this to us and not be converted?"

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But Rogen added that he's very thankful the director was with him at the time because "I'm generally a weak-willed, weak-minded person."

Rogen added:

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​"I would assume on the grand scale of people, if they got [Tom], what chance do I have?... Thank god Judd was like, 'Eh, I think we're good. Let's just talk about movies and stuff.'"

He added that Cruise's pitch was "tempting" and "if I was there alone, I would be singing a very different tune right now."

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But, thankfully, he "dodged that bullet."

You can check out Rogen's chat about the controversial actor here:

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