Despite reports to the contrary, the Germans are now saying that they never banned Tom Cruise’s “Valkyrie” from shooting on their military bases because of Cruise’s ties to Scientology, reports Variety. Of course I think it’s more damage control then anything. After all, the last time Germany started acting this strongly against religion, well, we both know what happened then, don’t we? It’s never a good sign when Germany starts prosecuting people’s religion, no matter how suspect. According to Variety, Germany will now allow “Valkyrie” to film some scenes at its military bases, which are also historical locations that ties into the story of “Valkyrie”.
Here, I’ll let Variety give you the gooey details:
Despite calls by some German officials to ban Bryan Singer’s World War II drama “Valkyrie” from shooting at government locations — due to Tom Cruise’s ties to Scientology — the project is getting plenty of support from the local film industry and looks likely to get the greenlight from authorities to film at historical sites here.
In the film, penned by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander, Cruise is set to play German officer Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, a national hero who was executed in 1944 for attempting to assassinate Adolf Hitler in a plot code-named Valkyrie.
The courtyard in which Stauffenberg and his fellow conspirators were shot is now a memorial, but the building in which it’s located, the Bendlerblock, also houses part of the German Ministry of Defense.
That, and not Cruise’s affiliation to Scientology, poses the main hurdle to a film permit for Singer and his crew, according to Dirk Kuehnau, head of the Bundesanstalt fuer Immobilienaufgaben (BIMA), the company in charge of government buildings.
“In this country, we have constitutionally guaranteed rights,” Kuehnau said. “Articles four and five of the constitution protect freedom of faith and creed and freedom of expression. I don’t think those rights would be denied a film actor.”
Who do you believe? You decide!