11 extras injured in accident during filming of Tom Cruise movie in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Eleven extras were injured when they fell out of a truck during filming of a new movie starring Tom Cruise, police said Monday.

The 11 were taken to hospital as filming stopped on the movie, provisionally titled “Valkyrie,” which stars Cruise as Germany’s most famous anti-Hitler plotter, Col. Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg.

All but one of the 11 were treated and released. The extent of the 11th man’s injuries from Sunday’s accident was not clear. Another person who fell out of the truck was unhurt.

Germany’s Bild daily reported that Cruise himself was not involved in the weekend filming.

Police said in a statement that a bolt on a side panel of the truck apparently came loose as the vehicle turned.

The accident happened during filming of scenes around the Finance Ministry in Berlin, which was once the Nazis’ aviation ministry.

Cruise’s casting has attracted controversy in Germany because the actor is one of the best-known adherents of Scientology, which the German government considers a commercial enterprise that takes advantage of vulnerable people.

Some critics maintain that one of its members should not be playing what some consider one of the Nazi era’s few heroes.

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