Tom Cruise’s Nazi Photoshop job for Valkyrie
The latest eyebrow-raiser over Valkyrie, the troubled screen version of the failed assassination plot against Adolf Hitler, comes in the form of promotion stills issued by United Artists which, it is claimed, have been doctored. Film bloggers seem fairly united in their belief that a photo of the would-be assassin, Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, has been altered to make him look more like Tom Cruise, the actor who plays him in the Bryan Singer thriller due out next February.
The speculation began on slate.com, whose designers say Stauffenberg’s nose, eyebrows, chin and cheek bones have been manipulated. United Artists have so far refused to comment. But speculation in Germany is rife that the alleged doctoring took place in order to increase acceptance towards Cruise playing a man considered to be the country’s greatest hero.
The actor’s allegiance to Scientology – which is gravely disapproved of in Germany – means he is not much liked here, and the film has been heavily criticised at every stage. Accidents involving extras falling out of trucks have led to claims that the film is jinxed, and the government’s refusal to allow the film-makers permission to use certain military sites because of the Scientology link have led to heated rows.
– Source: Kate Connolly, Tom Cruise’s Nazi Photoshop job for Valkyrie, The Guardian, UK, June 23, 2008
This reminds us of the time when Scientology was caught doctoring photos to make it appear as if one of their meetings was well-attended.