How A Veteran Hollywood Writer Slammed Tom Cruise By Calling Him An ‘Egocentric Control Freak’

Frederick Raphael, the senior writer of ‘Eyes Wide Shut,’ has spoken up about his disagreements with late filmmaker Stanley Kubrick over the film ‘Mission: Impossible’ in 1999. Raphael has also questioned the gravitation of the chemistry between the ‘Mission: Impossible’ star Tom Cruise and his ex wife Nicole Kidman in the film , despite never even talking to the actor once. Raphael has mentioned Kubrick in his latest book, ‘Last Post.’ In his memoir he has charged Cruise along with the filmmaker’s wife Christiane Harlan and her brother Jan of manipulating the writer’s Wikipedia entry and trying to erase him out of ‘director’s history.’

He wrote, according to MailOnline, “There has been an incessant campaign, led by the Harlans, whom I never met during the two or three years of addressing myself exclusively to you, to deny that I had anything much to do with the final version of ‘Eyes Wide Shut’. The Harlans and Master Cruise have managed to insert some derogatory stuff in my Wikipedia entry.”

According to ‘Female First UK,’ he also commented, “There must be some way of excising the libel, but I lack the modern skill or the dreary energy to pursue the matter. Their sullen purpose is to establish your grand-masterliness. I have never been called a liar by anyone as I have been by the Harlan clan and by Tom Cruise, egocentric control freak to whom I have never spoken. He did offer me a job though, soon after you finished shooting; the better to have me on a leash, no doubt. In his turn, he too seems to need the control he finds in Scientology.”

Raphael stated that he has never met Tom Cruise. Even though the writer has never met the actor, he has a biased opinion of him. The writer also expressed his concerns over the casting behind the ‘Mission: Impossible.’ He wrote, “It was never admiration for his versatility, was it? From all accounts, you gave him slow hell for Warner Brothers’s money. You slave-drove him for what he cost and he took it like a man. What do you suppose he ever told the Scientology brass that locked him in hock to them? Was there something just a touch naïve in your idea that casting a married couple as a married couple would enable you to put ‘the truth’ on the screen? One thing you can be pretty sure of: whatever any conjugal duo may disclose in public about their relationship, they rarely let any crucial cat out of the bag.”

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