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Celebrity Death Match: Tom Cruise and Matt Lauer

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Tom Cruise appeared on NBC’s Today Show this morning because he was in the neighborhood and has a movie coming out and is in love and stuff. He got into it a bit with host Matt Lauer – especially heated was their exchange regarding Cruise’s recent criticism of that tall, depressive woman Brooke Shields and her use of psychiatry.

Tom and Katie

Lauer: How are you handling this? I mean every magazine, every newspaper, and every entertainment show. What’s it like for you to be living through this right now?

Cruise: I have to tell you. It’s just a great time in my life. I’m really happy. And, you know, I’m engaged. I’m going to be married. I can’t restrain myself.

Lauer: It’s like you’ve got two little cords on your mouth and you can’t stop smiling. I was thinking about it. On the one hand, it’s got to be a little hard to see yourself everywhere, splashed across the pages. Another aspect of this, though, is, how many actors 20-something years into a career can generate this kind of interest still?

Cruise: You know, I just do what I do. I love making movies. And I feel privileged to be able to do that, always. And it’s something that — I’m just living my life, you know.

…Lauer: You are being so much more open. You’ve been on this show in the past at times where you were in other relationships. And I’d kind of broach the subject of a personal life. And you would very gingerly steer it away. That was how we came to know Tom Cruise. And now, you’re saying, “You know what? I’m okay with it.” So, it does seem like a different guy.

Cruise: Yeah. But they’re still writing it. You got to understand. All that stuff, they’d still write it. They’d still talk about it. And the thing is, I still feel I will talk about what I feel, what I want to talk about.

…Lauer: So, when you hear the cynics, Mr. Cruise, and you’ve heard ’em, who say, “This is publicity for a movie, this relationship,” or “This is Tom Cruise in his 40s trying to become or stay relevant for a younger audience, and that’s why he’s out there talking about this relationship with this lovely young lady,” who happens to be sitting right over there. How do you respond to that?

Cruise: You know what? There’s always cynics. There always has been. There always will be.

…Lauer: Katie, close your ears for a second, okay? You have said that Katie is the real thing. She is sensational, she is magnificent. Can you explain to me what she’s brought to your life that hasn’t been brought to your life in the past?

Cruise: I don’t want to compare things. I just say—

Lauer: I know—

Cruise: No, no, no. Because, you know, it — but what it is, it’s that thing where you just — in life, when it just happens, Matt. You know? It just — you meet someone. And it’s — I can’t even describe it.

War of the Worlds

Lauer: We talk about life in a second. Let’s talk about the movie, though. Okay, War of the Worlds … This is not just an alien movie. The story breaks down on a lot of different levels. And on one of the levels, your character is a father?

Cruise: When we were working on this story three years ago, Steven [Spielberg] and I came up with this idea of making it about a family. And so now, he is forced in these circumstances to rise to the occasion. Will he rise to the occasion? And I just think it’s very human.

…Lauer: Is this a scary movie in the traditional sense of Hollywood scary?

Cruise: I think it’s Spielbergian scary.

Lauer: Is that a word?

Cruise: It now is. I think, you know, I tease him. ‘Cause I say, I know your movies better than [I know] you. You know, I studied his edits so many times. I’ve studied his movies. And having worked with him, it’s not analytical. He’s just creating. And he has tremendous power because he understands the medium. And he’s just that great, great, great storyteller. I think he’s the greatest storyteller cinema has ever known.


Lauer: Katie has mentioned that she is embracing, or at least exposing herself and opening herself up to, Scientology. At this stage in your life, could you be with someone who doesn’t have an interest?

Cruise: You know, Scientology is something that you don’t understand. It’s like, you could be a Christian and be a Scientologist, okay. Scientology is something—

Lauer: So, it doesn’t replace religion.

Cruise: It is a religion. Because it’s dealing with the spirit. You as a spiritual being. It gives you tools you can use to apply to your life.

…Do you want more people to understand Scientology? Would that be a goal of yours?

Cruise: You know what? Absolutely. Of course, you know.

Lauer: How do you go about that?

Cruise: You just communicate about it. And the important thing is, like you and I talk about it, whether it’s okay, if I want to know something, I go and find out. Because I don’t talk about things that I don’t understand. I’ll say, you know what? I’m not so sure about that. I’ll go find more information about it so I can come to an opinion based on the information that I have.

Brooke and Psychiatry

Cruise: I’ve never agreed with psychiatry, ever. Before I was a Scientologist I never agreed with psychiatry. And when I started studying the history of psychiatry, I understood more and more why I didn’t believe in psychology.

And as far as the Brooke Shields thing, look, you got to understand, I really care about Brooke Shields. I think, here’s a wonderful and talented woman. And I want to see her do well. And I know that psychiatry is a pseudo science.

Lauer: But Tom, if she said that this particular thing helped her feel better, whether it was the antidepressants or going to a counselor or psychiatrist, isn’t that enough?

Cruise: Matt, you have to understand this. Here we are today, where I talk out against drugs and psychiatric abuses of electric shocking people, okay, against their will, of drugging children with them not knowing the effects of these drugs. Do you know what Aderol is? Do you know Ritalin? Do you know now that Ritalin is a street drug? Do you understand that?

Lauer: The difference is —

Cruise: No, no, Matt.

Lauer: This wasn’t against her will, though.

Cruise: Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt —

Lauer: But this wasn’t against her will.

Cruise: Matt, I’m asking you a question.

Lauer: I understand there’s abuse of all of these things.

Cruise: No, you see. Here’s the problem. You don’t know the history of psychiatry. I do.

Lauer: Aren’t there examples, and might not Brooke Shields be an example, of someone who benefited from one of those drugs?

Cruise: All it does is mask the problem, Matt. And if you understand the history of it, it masks the problem. That’s what it does. That’s all it does. You’re not getting to the reason why. There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance.

Lauer: So, postpartum depression to you is kind of a little psychological gobbledygook —

Cruise: No. I did not say that.

Lauer: I’m just asking what you, what would you call it?

Cruise: No. No. Abso— Matt, now you’re talking about two different things.

Lauer: But that’s what she went on the antidepressant for.

Cruise: But what happens, the antidepressant, all it does is mask the problem. There’s ways, [with] vitamins and through exercise and various things… I’m not saying that that isn’t real. That’s not what I’m saying. That’s an alteration of what I’m saying. I’m saying that drugs aren’t the answer, these drugs are very dangerous. They’re mind-altering, antipsychotic drugs. And there are ways of doing it without that so that we don’t end up in a brave new world. The thing that I’m saying about Brooke is that there’s misinformation, okay. And she doesn’t understand the history of psychiatry. She doesn’t understand in the same way that you don’t understand it, Matt.

Lauer: But a little bit of what you’re saying Tom is, you say you want people to do well. But you want them do to well by taking the road that you approve of, as opposed to a road that may work for them.

Cruise: No, no, I’m not.

Lauer: Well, if antidepressants work for Brooke Shields, why isn’t that okay?

Cruise: I disagree with it. And I think that there’s a higher and better quality of life.

…Lauer: I’m not prescribing Ritalin, Tom. And I’m not asking anyone else to do it. I’m simply saying, I know some people who seem to have been helped by it.

Cruise: But you’re saying this is a very important issue.

Lauer: I couldn’t agree more.

Cruise: It’s very — and you know what? You’re here on the “Today” show.

Lauer: Right.

Cruise: And to talk about it in a way of saying, “Well, isn’t it okay,” and being reasonable about it when you don’t know and I do, I think that you should be a little bit more responsible in knowing what it is.

Lauer: But —

Cruise: Because you communicate to people.

Lauer: But you’re now telling me that your experiences with the people I know, which are zero, are more important than my experiences.

Cruise: What do you mean by that?

Lauer: You’re telling me what’s worked for people I know or hasn’t worked for people I know. I’m telling you, I’ve lived with these people and they’re better.

Cruise: So, you’re advocating it.

Lauer: I am not. I’m telling you in their case, in their individual case, it worked. I am not gonna go out and say, “Get your kids on Ritalin. It’s the cure-all and the end-all.”

Cruise: Matt, but here’s the point. What is the ideal scene for life? Okay. The ideal scene is someone not having to take antipsychotic drugs.

Lauer: I would agree.

Cruise: Okay. So, now you look at a departure from that ideal scene, is someone taking drugs, okay. And then you go, okay. What is the theory and the science behind that, that justifies that?

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  • Mickey

    Ha ! Now why do I get the feeling that the two men dont like each other too much…and Cruise claims to have ‘studied’ psychiatry ? Right. And my granny studied cardiology.

  • Psychiatry = accepting your sexuality and moving on.

    Scientology = getting those thetas out of your body that make you queer.

    Tom Cruise = a soon to be has been movie idol selling Amway products in Brentwood.

    Katie Holmes = a unwitting victim.

  • Cruise has not only lost it, but I suspect that he has also lost many fans. I hope the American Psychiatric Association disputes the lies he is propagating on national TV. I also hope that people taking medication do not listen to a man who doesn’t even have a high school education.

  • I’ve been meaning to count how many times Cruise says “Matt” during the interview.

    And how many times he heatedly claims to know about something that Lauer does not.

    Could make for a great drinking game.

  • HOLLYWEIRD (A&P) – Talk show guru Dr. Phyl announced today that Tom Crews and Katie Homes will appear in an NBC special on Scientology and the Making of a Film Star during November sweeps. “This will give my audience an opportunity to see how religion can bring a man and woman together,” Dr. Phyl slurred in his Texan drawl. “We been relying on psychiatry and behavior modifying drugs for too long and we wanna show that the love of a good woman can cure everything,” Dr. Phyl added.

    In a related announcement, BRAVO announced the creation of a new show called Queer Eye for the Middle Aged Crisis Guy which will debut during November sweeps. First up, former Hollyweird box office idol, Tom Crews. In the episode, the queer guys take Crews to a Beverly Hills men’s spa for a full body wax, anal probe and makeover.

  • Hey peops.

    You ever wander deep, deep into a mental hospital to the room where they electrocute your personality deep fried? There is a little brochure, and some flowers arranged like as for a funeral.

    I’m in favor of meds, but not authoritative violence that passes as a Mental Health Act.

  • axlerama

    How Tom Cruise became a specialist on Psychiatry is beyond me.. Matt Lauer=journalist-Tom Cruise-movie star. No where do I see the title Dr.
    Tom Cruise has lost it and looks like a fool. Enough already! i’ve lost all respect.

  • Dori

    I couldn’t help but notice that Tom Cruise kept misusing the word antipsychotic drugs when he
    meant psychotropic drugs. Antipsychotic medication is prescribed for people suffering from schizophrenia and other psychosis, which are defined as: “any severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly distorted,” NOT for depression. Time for Tom to go back to the L. Ron Hubbard Medical University for Celebritries and take a refresher course!

  • Bow to the will of Cruise… bow to the will of Cruise. He knows better than you. Bow to the will of Cruise.

  • Eric Olsen

    funny but also good point, Nat: I think he has accomplished what he has by force of will, which is swell for a career but hell on those around him in life

  • marty

    If you are going to match wits with educated people you need more than one half wit. Cruise lost his years ago.

  • Eric Olsen

    and it wasn’t that Lauer was giving him all that hard a time, he was letting him rant but simply making the point that if it helps some people it can’t be all bad

  • Please people as you step by my comment about the forced electrocution of patients in the “ward” of the health ministry (department) try to observe the most basic rules of grammar.

    Now who would like a lesson about a real place in Canada called Woodlands where patients were tortured and killed in the 60’s and 70’s? Or how about a lesson on how the guilty parties were re-employed and are active today in the Canadian medical system? (One of whom, a nurse, I met! It was painful after she stabbed me in the head with an ear thermometer, and when I complained to my doctor this nurse made it clear just who was boss. This nurse was boss and I better stay quiet.)

  • axlerama

    with all do respect. what does that have to do with Tom Cruise being a moron?

  • Wawawi

    Cruise and Holmes have both lost their minds. They deserved each other.

  • Across the world, in an island country in deep political and economic turmoil, where the president of the republic is in trouble over wiretapped conversations and an allegedly corrupt and possibly incorrigible family, millions sit in front of their TVs and think: “Wow…Tom Cruise has lost it.”

  • susieQ

    Open letter to the press:

    Did Tom Cruise’s latest tête-à-tête with Matt Lauer do anything to convince you that:

    a – he is completely insane, and
    b – something really needs to be done about crazy famous people

    Bottom line – someone needs to do something about Cruise and his contemporaries. When did we let these freaks take over Hollywood?

    Hollywood used to be about cool, glamorous people – not religious, zealot freaks with outrageous egos and serious “god” complexes. Did the brat pack ever lecture us on the indiscriminate use of vodka?

    Okay – so here is my fantasy – never thought I’d have a fantasy involving Cruise, but here it is…

    Tom Cruise, Mr. “there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance” locked in a room with a schizophrenic.

    Okay – let’s see, everyone needs some sort of implement – just like in video games. So we’ll give Mr. Cruise a book on Scientology so he can heal Mr. Schizophrenic. and hmm…. we’ll give Mr. Schizophrenic something he can use… maybe an ax or a hatchet. no meds though! He’ll be going off his meds, and Mr. Cruise will be there to help solve Mr. Schizophrenic’s little mental problems because Cruise KNOWS the history of psychiatry. He has exposed the wizardry and is here to tell us all about it, and settle all questions we might have about psychiatric meds once and for all! Thank goodness for that. Of course, silly, ignorant me – student of neurochemistry, would think that once Mr. schizophrenic is off his meds, he might do some creative things to Mr. Cruise with his hatchet. Things that even the amazing Mr. Spielberg might find hard to put up on the screen.

    Schlepping through the news is my job, and I’ve noticed that whether it’s Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe, Michael Jackson or any of the other overblown, egotistical freaks out there, the press is even more star struck than the fans….unless of course, it’s a young starlet. Then you guys seem to have no problem humiliating, denigrating and press raping (yes, I just made that up) them to the hilt. Note the Fox News writer admonishing the British press for squirting cruise with a water gun hidden in a mic. Now if Paris Hilton or Ashlee Simpson had gotten a “squirt” in the face (now now, I’m still talking water here!) that’d get you folks all warm and squishy. That would be considered HILARIOUS!!! But god forbid we should throw stones at Tom or Mel or Russell – why they can barely defend themselves!

    My point – it’s all crap, it’s ENTERTAINMENT – or at least it’s supposed to be. And people like Cruise, Gibson and Crowe are destined to become Jacksons if we don’t HELP THEM get some perspective on who they are and where they fit into our society. They need to be taught not to take themselves so seriously, and when they do – they need to be put in line – or rather brought back down to earth. THAT’S YOUR JOB AS THE PRESS – you know, to report the facts and dispute the falsehoods, question stuff that seems not quite right? Otherwise, they get the impression, and rightly so – that they can kill their wives or others (OJ, Blake, Specter), molest children (Jackson), dictate religion/history/politics (Gibson, Penn, Schwarzenegger), and now – Mr. Cruise fancies himself a doctor. What’s next? Move over Mr. President, Quentin Tarantino thinks he can do a better job. (hey, maybe he can – but that’s not the direction he chose, so too bad!)

    It doesn’t take a journalist to kiss ass and drool all over a star, we are all capable of that. We look to “journalists” to help us get to the facts and sort through the B.S. – no matter who is concerned, no matter how famous they are – so hey guys, and gals, STEP UP! And kudos to Matt Lauer for at least trying to get a word in edgewise… MATT, MATT, MATT!!! but MATT!!!!!

    Tom, tom, tom, tom, TOM! – shut up already, no one cares that you scored a young hot chick later in life – we know you think it’s a revelation!!! I’m 39, if a hot 25 year old was throwing themselves at me, I’d be having epiphanies all over the place too – it just wouldn’t be (embarrassingly) major news.

  • “Tom bashing” that’s funny…it seems your missing the POINT…Mr. Cruise is arguing that taking ANY type of prescription drug is NOT natural. True.
    And he is advocating that we should all strive to be “natural, as in not taking “drugs”. Also true. That’s it…you people who want to “hate” on a guy because he knows what is the TRUEST sense of being “happy” are just sad. And anyone who wants to just use a communication forum to bash someone because they are secretly envious is just PATHETIC..and before you even THINK abut criticizing me…go ahead…because I know you will… because you are “weak” sad wimps behind a computer screen. Me? I’m an American soldier in Iraq who just had to comment on what I am seeing here…what the hell have you done to call yourself an American? You haters make me sick…what are we fighting for? Mr. CRUISE SPEAK ON…LAST I HEARD IT WAS STILL FREE…and your right there will always be “critics” because they have NOTHING better to do!

  • Bake2

    HA! Tom is an idoit! Or as we have started to call him around here:

    Rooster Lollipop (YOU figure it out)

    Never watching a Tom Cruise movie again. He has NO business talking about PPD, first as a MAN, and second as a MAN who has NEVER had a wife that suffered from PPD.

    His so called religion is nuts and now he’s spread the insanity to others. Hopefully no one goes off their anti-depressants suddenly and ends up…well..worse off…maybe dead.

    As far as his new “love”…something is very weird about it. She’s a very young impressionable girl. She needs to RUN not walk out the door while she can still get out.

  • Joshua

    I think Scientologists and Psychiatry (not necessarily Psychology) are for weak people. Depression is a ageless phenomenon caused by outside circumstances. It is NOT first a genetic chemical imbalance. Your wife was weak to believe that. Same with Scientology. It’s a weak system masking itself as science by emulating scientific forms to help you mentally.

    Therapy, on the other hand, is natural. Talking and discovering the issues that lie at the core of your problem helps YOU solve your own problems, not drugs.

    Hell, if I say that cocaine worked for my depression (which it possibly can), is it right? Just because something has a good chance of altering a certain way your mind doesn’t make it science.

  • Tom ‘LITTLE MAN’ Cruise

    Tom ‘LITTLE MAN’ Cruise is suffering from short man syndrome. He has made alot of bad choices. He has always come off as a little roach who always loves kissing ass. He’s a periennial ass kisser. It’s good to see him get his comeupance! It’s about time he got knocked off his high and mighty horse.

    Under a cloud of mystery, he all of a sudden broke up with Nicole Kidman, perhaps the most startling, beautiful, woman in the world. Under that cloud of suspicion makes us all believe that he is G-A-Y. Which is what I personally suspected all along.

    He had married that hot MILF before he latched onto Nicole’s hotness. But he didn’t have any kids. A chick that freaking hot and you don’t have any kids? Something is WRONG!
    Then with Nicole, same deal. She probably got tired of his brainwashed, Scientology bullcrap and went out to find a REAL MAN.

    Tom ‘LITTLE MAN’ Cruise is now with Katie Holmes who is about 5 inches taller than he is. Making him even smaller than he was with Nicole.



  • Quote by Bake2

    “His so called religion is nuts and now he’s spread the insanity to others. Hopefully no one goes off their anti-depressants suddenly and ends up…well..worse off…maybe dead.

    Hey dude, this is about someone speaking their mind in a free society, not Dawn of the Dead.

    Word to Brandon Edwards. These jerks don’t know what freedom is, and I might add, they are atrocious spellers.

    Remedial english, people!

  • Shelly

    I think Tom was very attracted to Matt Lauer and that’s what got him all hot and bothered.

    I was going to see War of the Worlds tomorrow night, but now that it’s main star has gone stark raving mad with arrogance, I’ll have to pass.

    Sorry, Mr. Spielberg. Next time try a SANER star.

  • Lilyblue

    Tom Cruise is totally ignorant about neuroscience, the human body and the basic biology that you learn in highschool. There IS such a thing as as a chemical imbalance in a body. Ritalin and Antidepressants are NOT antipsychotic drugs, they are called psychotropic drugs.

    I just read in an article that Tom Cruise fired his publicist last year and his publicist is now, GUESS WHO? His older sister (also a fellow scientologist…) His “religion” used to be off limits to reporters as per his old publicist, but now he is free to rant and rave abut it thanks to advice from his sister/publicist…

    Hopefully Katie will not go down the same path even though it seems she has already started…

    From today’s news:

    “Cruise has been increasingly vocal about his own devotion to the religion of late and reportedly even took Holmes’ parents on a tour of the Scientology Celebrity Center last weekend, according to the New York Post.

    One thing’s for sure, Katie Homes seems to be falling more and more into Cruise control–even taking a newfound interest in the Church of Scientology.

    Holmes has also been making some changes in her professional life. Last week, Holmes fired her CAA agent, Brandt Joel, replacing him with Cruise’s people at the same agency, Rick Nicita and Kevin Huvane, per the New York Post. This week, she parted ways with her longtime manager, John Carrabino, her rep, Leslie Sloane, confirmed to E!”

    There is actually a website called http://www.freekatie.net !!!!

  • azstephany

    Someone I know was a “stewardess” on John Travolta’s plane and it turns out his first child (son) with Kelly Preston is autistic. They hide him a lot and don’t allow many photo ops of him and treat him terribly while the other kid who is “normal” gets a lot of positive attention… because it would just look bad if a child of parents who are scientologist had a kid with a GULP chemical imbalance or brain abnormality. Think what powerful advocates for treatments for disabled and mentally ill people these stars could be if they weren’t themselves the truly crazy ones.

  • wiener33

    This is quintessential irony: manic mr. cruise is exhibiting his mania while adamantly arguing that there’s no such thing! if he doesn’t get off his high horse, his career and life will go into a tailspin. if he weren’t so handsome, his behavior would be compared to wacko jacko’s. is suggest tommy boy spend lots of time in some psycho wards and then tell matt lauer all the patients need is exercise and vitams! what a piss-ant! and katie holmes–omigod, she should be the runaway bride!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • flubby


    You ought not to be criticizing other people’s grammar as your “english” isn’t so hot… upper-case and lower-case letters are usually learned in the first grade.

    With that said… Tom Cruise is sending a very dangerous message.

  • tracy mixson

    Dear Mr. Cruise,

    First, two things. 1). Thank you for your stigmatizing statements about psychiatry and mental illness – now maybe the world will discuss an issue that affects everyone. 2). I pray for those people who listened to your words and will avoid seeking treatment for their illness; I’ve known too many people who have ended up in jail, intensive care or body bags because they chose to stop (or not start) medication for what are highly treatable, biologically based illnesses of the brain. Treatment works. But only if you get it.

    Second, please Tom, stick to acting, fall in love, practice any faith you want, but DON’T tell a national televised audience there’s no such thing as a chemical imbalance, or that psychiatry is a pseudo science, or that drugs are just “masking the problem.” You say you know the history of psychiatry. So do I. Much of it is grusome, trial-and-error treatment, as are the histories for many serious illnesses, as clinicians and researchers have worked decades to improve lives struck down by disease. Without the past, we would not have the incredible pharmaceutical options today to help people with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (also called manic depression), major depression, and severe anxiety disorders recover from what was once a bleak existence, a life with little purpose or hope.

    I have bipolar disorder, as well as social phobia and complex post traumatic stress disorder. It’s been a long road, but thanks to better living through chemistry, I’m now working again after countless hospitalizations and losing my career to this chronic illness. (And by the way, at one point, I chose to have ECT (electric shock treatment), which only I could authorize, and at the time did save my life.)

    So Tom, thank God, or Ron L., or that little clump of trees over there, or whatever, that you have the right to worship as you see fit. You have the right to not trust psychiatry. You even have the right to talk about what you believe, even on national TV. But you cross the line when you start telling people how to live their lives and that you know better than they do.

    Finally, I agree that ideally, I would not have to take psychotropic drugs. I would love to be “cured,” to not have to comply or remember to take my medication daily, to have no more side effects, to no longer pay an arm and a leg for the 403 pills I swallow every month. But as of June 2005, that’s not happening. Off of medication, my life can become a mixed state of wild mood swings, primarily of suicidal depression. Hey, Tom, come live in my world without meds for two weeks, and trust me, no amount of vitamins (been there, still do) and/or exercise (done that, same story) and I’ll bet you’ll change your tune.


    Tracy Mixson

    Below is part of a response by the National Mental Health Association to Tom Cruise’s June 24, 2005 interview with Matt Lauer:

    “Tom Cruise’s destructive, anti-mental health comments on the Today Show this morning — and over the course of the last few weeks — fuel an already intense stigma associated with mental illness that can force people with real needs to go without care.

    Each year, 54 million Americans experience a mental illness, such as depression or an anxiety disorder. Yet, only one-third receive any treatment at all despite very high treatment success rates. In fact, the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health wrote in its final report, “Mental illnesses are shockingly common; they affect almost every American family.” Clearly, the real crisis facing our nation is not that we over- or mistreat people, but that we fail to meet basic needs of most Americans living with mental health problems. The gap between the number of adults and children with mental health needs and those receiving treatment will certainly widen if people are dissuaded from seeking treatment because of such visible misinformation.

    Cruise’s comments could have very damaging consequences for American with mental health needs by increasing stigma and shame, discouraging treatment and forcing people to go without needed care. Celebrities, like Cruise, have an organic platform to share their talents and their viewpoints. However, this opportunity comes hand-in-hand with a responsibility to not mislead the American public with unfounded rhetoric.”

  • Merry

    Cruise apparently is badly in need of the very meds he denigrates. There appears to be an epidemic of ‘full-of-myselfitis’ among the media stars of the day and he’s the latest victim.

    Guess what, Tommy boy – even though some folks think you got a purty face, you are NOT all that. And you are clearly none too bright.

    I think it’d be mighty fine if people boycotted your stupid movie over this.

  • Avery

    Tom Cruise’s claim that there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance is flat out wrong on the face of it. Why? Well, for the last few weeks, he has been enjoying one of the great chemical imbalances of all time–falling in love. Levels of serotonin, which amplify our sense of joy and intimacy, soar during this period. In time, he will come back to earth, but for many people, chemicals like serotonin are in drastically short supply. Rather than feel euphoric, as he does now, they feel despondant and, at times, suicidal. It’s a shame that his talent doesn’t lead him into an empathy with others, or he might be a real actor, not a movie star. But we ought to remember, to be fair, that in the interview he was presenting all Fight & Flight with Matt–an adrenelin surge, yet another kind of sudden imbalance–and one that led him out of control and into the saddest revelation of the interview: that behind the bravura and photogenic charm lies the mind of a stupid bully.

  • Lilyblue

    This is not the first time Cruise bashes psychiatry. This is an excerpt from when he was interviewed in November of 2003 for the opening of “The Last Samurai”

    Excerpt follows:

    KING: Do you proselytize? Do you try to get others to come into the
    movement or into the…

    CRUISE: Well, you know, I talk to people about it. I mean, if you know
    — if you know how to — I’ve actually personally educated people and
    helped them with the study technology, to help get them off, you know,
    these vicious drugs that psychiatrists so — you know, that they
    proselytize, you know, that they sell to people.

    KING: Yes, it’s anti-psychiatric, right?

    CRUISE: Oh, most definitely.


    CRUISE: No, I mean, psychiatry doesn’t work. You look at the things
    that psychiatry’s brought to society. We now are living in a time
    where we spend over $700 billion a year on education, psych- driven,
    and where are we? We have still a decline in illiteracy. We know that
    electroconvulsive shock therapy, you know, drugging people, OK, with
    these vicious drugs — when Prozac came out, it had the — you know,
    the biggest — I mean, in the first few months or a year, it had
    14,000 complaints on that drug, yet it’s still out there. You look at
    Paxil, OK, that’s now banned in the United Kingdom for under 18
    because of the vicious side effects of those drugs.

    So here we talk about things that we know — OK, if someone can’t
    read, we know that we can give them these tools and help them to read.
    And it doesn’t matter what religion you are, these things work. If
    you’re on drugs, we can help get you off drugs. If you’re a criminal,
    we can give you — there’s technology that he developed to help you
    not be a criminal.

    KING: Tom Cruise. Passion, as well. “The Last Samurai” opens a week
    from tonight. We’ll be right back.

  • Sister Ray

    TV news has a lot more airtime to fill than it used to, with cable. So it makes a big deal out of celebrities’ personal lives because they’re easy to report on. Nobody “has to” watch it. You can decide for yourself what news is important to you. The fact that something’s on “The Today Show” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s important.

  • Anne Agura

    It seems to me that Matt Lauer was a little aggressive in his interview, pushing Tom into his adrenaline induced “flight of fight” response”. Cruise certainly revealed to the audience that he has a real challenge in staying calm in discussing topics he feels passionate about, and I hope he gets some help for himself. I’ve know plenty of people who were not celebrities, either, who cannot ever admit they are wrong, or that there are usually two sides to every contoversy. When you push them in a discussion, they come out swinging. Tom Cruise must be wired for sound right now to fly off the handle like that.

  • Lilyblue

    To Sister Ray and Anne Agura:

    What happended yesterday in the Today Show IS IMPORTANT. The Amerian Psychiatry Association and the National Mental Health Association issued official statements in less than twenty four hours. These statements speak for themselves…

    “Cruise’s comments could have very damaging consequences for American with mental health needs by increasing stigma and shame, discouraging treatment and forcing people to go without needed care. Celebrities, like Cruise, have an organic platform to share their talents and their viewpoints. However, this opportunity comes hand-in-hand with a responsibility to not mislead the American public with unfounded rhetoric.
    – Michael M. Faenza, MSSW, President and CEO of the National Mental Health Association

    “The illnesses we treat – anxiety, depression – are very real illnesses,” said Dr. John Scully, medical director of the American Psychiatric Association.
    “The treatments work. We have demonstrated that through robust scientific study.”
    Cruise’s views on psychiatry are so extreme and devoid of scientific proof, “it’s a little like talking to somebody who claims the world is flat,” Scully said.

    – John Scully, Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association

  • While Cruise’s delivery was disappointing for a man that has great discipline as an actor, MommyCool does not discount his position on drugs. Abuse of Ritalin has occurred because other alternatives weren’t tried. Lauer’s respectful demeanor scored points with MommyCool and he’s right, many have been helped by Ritalin.

  • Eric Olsen

    Bob Dole and MommyCool speak in the third person

  • Sister Ray

    I agree that mental illness is important. But Tom Cruise’s opinion on it isn’t (or shouldn’t be). People should enjoy celebrities as entertainers and not treat their every utterance as headline news.

  • He may have whatever opinion on drugs, but he has no business opinionating on Brooke Shields – she’s not his wife, sister, mother. He might be internally secure, making himself self-confident, but maybe she needed some external support.

    In Buddhism, this is considered lacking compassion for others lesser than us. All said and done, this makes him as much a fundamentalist as any mullah

    Tom Cruise – Mullah of the West

  • Razzy

    I didn’t like Tom Cruise in the first place but I tolerated his presence on screen to see a good movie. Now I have Zero Tolerance. I’m 100% in agreement with Tracy. I was one of the lucky ones that through the use of these drugs and psychiatry was able to step back and educate myself on my illness enough so that I can now deal with the highs and lows without drugs or psychiatry. That is what the drugs are all about. They are there if you need them short term or long term to overcome and/or continue to be a productive member of society. They work in conjunction with exercise, vitamins, and therapy. Who can argue with that? Would you rather exist in a living hell day to day or take a pill – It’s a no brainer.

  • If thousands of Americans flush their psychotropic drugs down the toilet this morning and become violent or homicidal, can L. Ron Cruise be prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license?

  • stacybug

    It is unfortunate, but realistic, that celebrities have such significant impacts on our society. Thankfully we do live in a country where there is freedom of speech, but oftentimes these opinions become “the right way; the only way.”

    Having personally experienced post-partum depression (yes, indeed I did NEED anti-depresssants), I strongly urge all mothers to acknowledge their symptoms and seek help. Receiving treatment in any form, whether it be therapy or medication, will only benefit you, your family, and your new baby.

    I grew up with Top Gun, Risky Business, etc. I am no longer a fan of Tom Cruise and will not be watching any more of his movies. Need medical advice? That’s why we educate and pay phycicians and nurses – NOT ACTORS!

  • Okay, the drugs that Tom has been criticizing will do bad things for children or adults who dont need them. But isnt it the same with alcohol or cars for that matter. Props to Matt Lauer for not being scared by Tom’s increasingly frequent stare-down face.

  • Another fabulous title Eric! And another major icon showing his true stripes – it’s not like someone was squirting water at him this time …We like our icons perfect – but they’re not – they’re just as human and flawed as the rest of us. I love the way Americans all rally together at times like this to show their discontent – poor Spielberg!

  • sudo rastle

    Someone made a good point. Why didnt he have kids when he was with MimI rogers? That Milf is so hot! She has the crazy eyes but still is a babe. I think Tom is right about the whole field of Psychology. Its all about money! having just recently taken General Psych I realize how the corporations are feeding money to the book publishers to advertise their harmful drugs in a school textbook!! Who knows maybe Brooke shields has a contract with a drug company to bring their religion of antidepressant pill popping to the masses. Much like Cruises agenda to spread the word about his fantastic CULT!!!

  • Eric Olsen

    guess Tom isn’t the only Scientologist

  • Birt

    By far: The best role I’ve seen Tom play … EVER! Till now I’ve thought his so-called acting and his movies have been ‘crap’! ….. but with the NEW Tom I’ll see him in ANY movie ANY time. Even if he was misinformed, frustrated and looked ‘goofy’ with Matt Lauer ….. he FINALLY lost that silly trademark insencere smile and fought back on something he truly believed in. I have a whole new respect for Tom Cruise. GO TOM!

  • KenPie

    Tom Cruise You disapoint me!! How dare you use your celebrity to shame people!! Cruise your star no longer shines bright, you have fallen! I will no longer support your career and will encourage friends, family and strangers to think twice before paying $8.00 to see you on the big screen.

    PREDICTION: In 10 Years Tom will be…
    *Divorced from Katie…
    *Engaged to Dakyota Fanning.
    *Staring in Mission Impossible 10
    *Living in a padded room in need of some of that “medication” that he now says is so evil!!

  • Don’t feel sorry for Spielberg – despite his arrogance, War Of the Worlds will be a stupendous hit

  • R. Johnson

    What is kind of frightening about these
    ass hat celebs making blanket statements
    such as these about Psychiatry, is that
    there are millions of people who will
    likely agree with TC based only on the
    simple fact that he is a celebrity and
    therefore he must be much smarter and
    more well informed about the matter than
    most other regular(non-celeb)people are.

  • Reba

    Cruise needs to check himself. Hes being controlled by his cult. It may be that hes low on sleep from all the cavorting performances with Katie. Did you see his tounge go out to the side when he was going after Matt(Possum face)Lauer?!! Hes losing it!I heard Matt lauer is gay too.

  • Sorry, Reba, Matt is so straight one can level a brick wall with him. Mr. Lauer, however, is a pretty decent guy who’s just trying to make his way in the world along with the rest of us. I remember vividly when he worked in the Boston television market. He was funny, kind and very grateful to his fans at the local level. He’s had his share of ups and downs in this business.

    As far as I’m concerned Matt Lauer was the epitome of what a good journalist should be. Ratings and Cruise popularity be damned, Matt never backed off from the lunacy that Mr. Cruise spewed forth. The war of words against psychiatry is Mr. Cruise’s attempt to seek revenge on the psychiatric community on behalf of the Church of Scientology. His rantings are clearly comparable to religious wars that have been fought through the ages.

    The Church of Scientology operates on the premise that psychiatry and psychology are bunk. They attempt to introduce their doctrine as a viable alternative to conventional mental health treatment. By hiding behind the IRS tax codes recognizing the organization as a bona fide religion, the CoS has, in effect, become a practitioner of medicine without the dispensation of chemical drugs. In the case of the CoS it’s not a matter of separation of church and state. Mr. Cruise’s statements clearly illustrate the long standing war of words between CoS and the psychiatric community. The CoS tries to represent itself as the logical alternative to conventional psychiatric therapy. As a result, the practices of the organization deserve the closest scrutiny by local, state and federal health officials who are qualified by law to oversee such treatments.

    Let us not forget that the public is what created the phenomenon known as Tom Cruise. It was the money that movie goers plucked down at the box office which caused him to garner the mega million dollar salaries he’s achieved. The buck stops with us who see his movies. As much as I was looking forward to War of the Worlds, I have no intention of seeing it now. I cannot in good conscience contribute my money to a movie where I know that ultimately a share of my movie ticket dollar will make its way into the collection basket at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International.

  • Although I have never been a big fan of Lauer, he made the Cruiser look like a total fool. Looks like Tommy Boy is buckling under the pressure of being in X-TC.

    Loved the part of Tommy telling Matt that he does not know the history of psychiatry. How dare Matt not study this subjet in depth. What kind of a television host is he anyway?

    Put a fork in Tommy, he’s cooked.

  • Lilyblue

    Tom Cruise told Matt Lauer you could be a Christian Scientologist…

    It just comes to show how ignorant he is about the HISTORY of his own religion. He must have been busy studying the HISTORY of psychiatry…:lol

    A Christian Scientologist? Check out this quote from L. Ron Hubbard (founder of Dianetics and Scientology) on Christianity and Jesus…

    For those of you whose Christian toes I may have stepped on, let me take the opportunity to disabuse you of some lovely myths. For instance, the historic Jesus was not nearly the sainted figure (he) has been made out to be. In addition to being a lover of young boys and men, he was given to uncontrollable bursts of temper and hatred…. You have only to look at the history his teachings inspired to see where it all inevitably leads. It is historic fact and yet man still clings to the ideal, so deep and insidious is the biologic implanting….
    No doubt you are familiar with the Revelations section of the Bible where various events are predicted. Also mentioned is a brief period of time in which the arch-enemy of Christ, referred to as the anti-Christ, will reign and his opinions will have sway … this anti-Christ represents the forces of Lucifer (literally, the “light-bearer” or “light-bringer”), Lucifer being a mythical representation of the forces of enlightenment…. My mission could be said to fulfill the Biblical promise represented by this brief anti-Christ period.
    — L. Ron Hubbard, Student Briefing, OT VIII Series I

  • Lilyblue

    Tom Cruise told Matt Lauer you could be a Christian Scientologist…Continued

    I am just sitting here wondering, was Tom just lying through his teeth when he said that to Matt or is he really that ignorant about his own religion?

    So here’s some more stuff I found that Tom Cruise probably didn’t read cause he was busy studying the “history of psychiatry”…

    According to Hubbard’s OT III cosmology, all of us on Earth were implanted 75 million years ago with false memories which he collective calls “R6”. These implants cause us to do all sorts of crazy things, but Hubbard’s auditing can break the power of the implants. Here, Hubbard says that Christianity is nothing more than a religious system built on parts of the R6 implants. The behavior of the mentally ill was used as a model for Christianity.
    After establishing the origins of Christianity upon the ravings of the mentally ill, Hubbard goes on to deny the existence of Christ, saying instead that all men share the implant of the cross, which is part of R6. Thus, according to Hubbard, responding to Christ is simply being under the control of a false memory implant.

  • Mr. Edwards wrote:

    Me? I’m an American soldier in Iraq…

    Yeah, good for you. It’s great that you are commenting, but how does being part of the death brigade make you more qualified to comment than anyone else? There are many comments representing a wide variety of views. Yours is welcome, but so is everyone else’s.

    As for me, Cruise certainly has the right to say what he wants. So do I, and I believe that what he is spouting is dangerous crap.

  • Ferris Tilton

    Tom Cruise: The World’s Smartest High school Drop-Out? Stay tuned.More news
    at 11:00.

  • Those people who denigrate the use of anti-depressants by insisting that there is no such thing as chemical imbalance are vile, insensitive creeps. I’d like to use nicer more diplomatic words, but the truth will suffice.

    If you’ve never been there you have NO right, absolutely NO RIGHT to such arrogant claims. You can say, “In my opinion there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance” because then you’d be honest. But to claim it as fact is ignorant.

    As for anti-depressant medication not being “natural”: HELLO??? is a chemical imbalance supposed to be natural? Would you call INSULIN unnatural? So a diabetic should go without because it’s medicine??

    There is NO difference. A disease is a disease is a disease. You either use the tools available to treat or, at best, cure, or you decide you want to ignore the intelligence God/Goddess/Gods/Force gave people to develop these drugs and sit on your high horse saying how much better you are than other people.

    Major points to people here who pointed out that Crazy Cruise was operating from two (at least) chemical imbalances while on the Today show: serotonin and adrenalin.

  • Nick Jones

    The index for The Smoking Gun‘s copies of L. Ron Hubbard FBI files.

    The results of Lisa McPherson’s treatment by Scientology’s alternative to psychiatry.

  • Cruisblues

    I think War o the Worlds is gunna tank. Toms career is done unless he can get Oprah to bring him back on so he can confess his gayness. Maybe if he says hes BI everyone will accept him! Toms likes Tube steak and Tuna steak!!!

  • Cruise has gone bonkers. I lived with bipolar or manic/depressive condition for years, along with panic attacks. My psychiatrist treated me with pills and for the first time in my life I feel wonderful, and thank God for getting me to the right doctor in time. Tell Tom to put that in his ear and stuff it. Wish I could write Matt Lauer, but his email seems unavailable. Too bad.

  • Metanaut

    Fame sucks. That a dropout can claim the sufficient legimacy to discount an entire field, an entire method of treatment, that has in fact (and by their own accord) benefitted the people who were willing to seek it (I am not one, personally), is due to the fact that the media gives far too much airtime to these, the famous, and that there is a demand for this airtime.

    I agree that there are very definitely more important things in the world to think about. However, I just had a friend recommend a “greatest” book to me. “Dianetics”, by L. Ron Hubbard. That it was recommended as a “book” to me, and not a “cult”, a “scam”, or a “religion” to use the kindest but least appropriate word, felt a bit insidious… Any “religion” that uses its tax break to build a Celebrity Center must be called to answer.

    Tom Cruise is suddenly becoming a danger before our eyes. It’s this same “recommendation”, but on the largest scale. As for Katie… she is a laboratory. A test mule. But then, he was likely to win her… she still living her childhood crushes. And willingly, she goes. R.I.P.

    Seems there are some skeptics here, of Tom’s good intentions. So, vote with your wallets. In this case, it’s easy. Keep your money in it and boycott this film. Simply, don’t see it. Make a box office ripple and reduce the height of his pedestal.

  • Nick Jones

    Mr. Edwards writes: “…what the hell have you done to call yourself an American?

    I was born here, babe. If there are any other requirements, I haven’t been told.

  • heraldtalia

    Hmmmm….let me see am I going to trust my therapist, who has a PHD, or a fucking washed up movie star????? I THINK I WILL GO WITH MY THERAPIST!!!! I come from a family where we are all on meds and let me tell you I would have killed myself a long time ago if I didn’t have my meds! I mean have fucking Tom Cruise tell me that I don’t need my meds to help me feel better when it is at the point where if I miss a dose I cut my self. FUCK HIM!

  • steph

    I would glady boycott a blockbuster film wherein a an openly prejudiced actor stars. Tom Cruise’s rantings about mental illness is equally as hating.

  • Susie D.

    I am so upset at hearing Tom Cruise talking about what he THINKS he knows about depression and anxiety and medication.
    I would like to ask him what he thinks when a person has a manic episode like trying continually to poke their eyes out. This happened to me at 18. It just came upon me after hearing about a young man getting robbed at a gas station and so as not to identify them the robbers gouged his eyes out. For some reason when getting in the door I had this urge to try the same thing and it went on for months.
    It happened again 7 years later to try and hurt myself again and I was diagnosed as having clinical depession. If not for medication, I would not be here. One Doctor told me they don’t know anything about the brain so he did not know why. My therapist did and diagnosed me with Bipolar and manic episodes. Also explaining to me how the brains chemicals work. I’m now 51 and have suffered and tried everything for this horrible disease.
    Thanks Tom for making my world worse. If you have an explanation for me or better yet a cure please let me know.
    I think you just got yourself caught in a large bees nest. I thought you were one of the nicest people. What do you think of Rosie O’Donnell now or what does she think of you.
    Very hurt, Susie

  • Eric Olsen

    some celebrities comment on politics and sound like idiots, some on psychiatry and sound like an idiot

  • ryan

    For some strange reason I’m all of a sudden cucko for cocoa puffs.

  • HW Saxton

    As is the case with most arguments about
    the mental health fields there are no black & white or clear cut answers.Lots of speculative thoughts but in most cases no really effective or clear cut answers to be had.

    Psychiatric help and treatment being no
    different. Not all people will respond
    to all treatments alike nor will they
    always have the effect on one that they may have on another person. Vitamin therapy & exercise may work fine for some,help boost the effectiveness of treatments for others and just give no help whatsover at all in some cases of treatment. Personally speaking (having suffered serious bouts of depression in my late teens-early twenties) I do know that exercise,diet and having the proper
    nutrition(mainly saying AWAY from any/ all processed sugar and too much of all
    natural sugars as well,such as OJ,honey)
    plays a huge part in the maintenance of a healthy mind and body(for me anyway I should add).I’m not saying this is the gospel truth bit that it did help me at a point when help was needed.For Cruise to come out and assail these values, all these professional opinions,facts
    & and what have you shows what a wholly
    completely overblown sense of self worth
    these creep has.

  • eh

    First of all why is Tom Cruise even talking about Ritalin and Psychiatry? Who does he know or what has he experienced about this drug or any drug that he thinks people want to hear his opinion on the matter? He talks about psychiatrists and how they prescribe this drug to people and they are the ones to blame. Scientists make the drug for a purpose and psychiatrist prescribes them. He is a SCIENTOLOGIST, not a scientist or a psychiatrist or anyone in that field. His opinion on the matter means as much to me as his opinion on the color of the sky. And now Ritalin is a ‘street drug’. Where have you been Tom, Ritalin has been a street drug for a long time…. And of all the horrible drugs out there, why are you attacking Ritalin…. There are far worse drugs with far worse effects.

    You say there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance….do you even know what that means? Have you ever met anyone who was schizophrenic or bipolar or obsessive compulsive? Have you ever lived with anyone who has a mental illness? Have you ever been to a mental hospital? Have you ever taken psychology classes…? Or just Scientology classes…? Wait, Scientology is religious based organization created by a science fiction author; it has NOTHING to do with science or psychiatry. Some people might call scientology a cult, or brainwashing, or some might even call it a mental illness. Yes, I did my research, unlike some people.

    In case you didn’t already know…. Mental Illness is: “Any of various conditions characterized by impairment of an individual’s normal cognitive, emotional, or behavioral functioning, and caused by social, psychological, biochemical, genetic, or other factors, such as infection or head trauma. Also called emotional illness, mental disease, and mental disorder.” (Dictionary.com)

    Its one thing to express your opinion about something on national television to get people talking about you and the topic of discussion, which is old news, but talk is cheap (especially when it’s a one sided view with no facts). Actions speak louder than words, or do they not teach you that in your church, which like every other organized religion, has their one sided view about life and drugs and what is right and wrong. Since when did you become ‘god’ and think you can go around saying what is right and wrong, what exists and doesn’t exist and that you know everything about everything? If you go back to paragraph 3, line 1 which describes mental illness, “Any various conditions characterized by impairment of any individual (s) (Yes, Tom that is you) normal cognitive (thinking), emotional, or behaviorally functioning…” Is this making any sense yet? If you want people to listen to you, you have to listen first.

  • foz

    Do you realize that doctors get paid more money if they prescribe certain drugs. If they push certain drugs rather. So years from now when they confirm that anti-depressant drugs caused all sorts of disorders what will you say then. Wil you still kneel on the alter of Pharacia. Pop em now and pay later…

  • dee

    I suggest that tom cuise live with some of these mentally ill people that he thinks can be cured without taking their meds. A few weeks with with them and he will change his tune. I don’t have to do much research. I have a daughter who is schizophrenic and I can tell you tom cruise has no clue what it is like. None what so ever so he really should think twice before opening his mouth.

  • mona

    I think we all agree to leave the acting to Tom and the diagnosing to the doctors. As for the treatment of any disease, that is a personal decision. You can take the advice of a doctor whos spent years studying medicine and science or you can take advice from Tom who did a nice samurai kick in his last movie. Thumbs up to all of you who are truely experienced and educated in this field and have taken the time to post. By you doing so, celebrities like Tom hopefully learn of their place in society. If you really want to teach him, skip on his new movie and he’ll understand that without the millions of dollars he gets to be in 1 movie he would have NO platform to voice his uneducated opinions that is of no use to our society.

  • Sally

    Tom cruise is an idiot, and a control freak. I hope Katie’s parents can talk some sense into her what will be a fragile brain, if she marries that jerk. She should watch sleeping with the enemy before going down the isle.

  • sobotol

    All I know is Tom’s actions are speaking loudly and he is positively just another in a long line of Secret Swordfighters of Hollywood!!!

  • casz

    media talk show hosts know that Tom Cruise is a Scientologist and a firm principle of theirs is to stay away from man-made prescription/drugs. That is like attacking someone who is Christian and saying “you honestly believe Mary was a virgin?” It is beliefs that make you who you are. He cares about his friends and if you ask him “his feelings/beliefs” that is what you are going to get. Tom has consistently held a firm but loving touch with people/media-jerks like Lauer. I like Tom Cruise…he is not a follower or kiss-ass who just goes along with whatever the pressure says he “should do”. He researches, comes to his own conclusions, then stays firm to his belief. He isn’t two-faced like most of the media who one day supports something/someone then bashes them the next day. Kudos for Tom.

  • mona

    Casz, I agree with what your saying. The media has premeditated objectives, and Tom is entitled to his “feelings/beliefs” just as Lauer is. Both of them are given a podium to speak as a result of success in their occupation. But you cannot say only your way is RIGHT for everyone, which if you read the transcript Tom is. Everycase should be analyzed individually as a seperate case. For some Ritalin might be the answer. For others perhaps vitamins and exercise. Thats why I say let tom doing the acting, doctors do the diagnosing, and a patient/person pick their own treatment, and if wise not rely on a belief as a replacement for knowledge but instead on facts derived from documented medical research. By the way Tom says he’s done his research but he keeps on falsely misusing the word antipsychotic drugs when he should be referring to them as psychotropic drugs.

  • Lilyblue

    Tom Cruise is not doing real scientific research. He is just repeating scientology indoctrination lines. Like Anderson Cooper in CNN 360 said, they are “bumper sticker slogans”…

    Doesn’t even know the difference between psychotropic and antipsychotic drugs like Mona says.

    Last night there was a scientologist on Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN) that says he treats Skizofrenia with vitamins…

    Scientologists believe that 75 million years ago we were implanted with false memory implants by aliens and we have dead aliens living inside our heads. How do we get rid of that problem? The ONLY solution is to go to their sessions that run about $1,500 per hour and buy their vitamins…

    Need I say more…?

  • Yes, there is quite a bit of controversy about the recent appearance of Tom Cruise on the Today Show, but what surprises me is that no one mentioned the interview he gave on May 26th 2005 to Access Hollywood which was called “Man on a Mission”. The entire interview, all 60 agonizing minutes of it, dealt with these issues or what I refer to as the “Tom Bomb”.

    I sent an email to the Today Show the following day along with one to Access Hollywood and the Bill Maher Show (for kicks) expressing many of the same concerns as some of you have mentioned. There are a couple of things however that no one has discussed, one of which was how Mr. Cruise stated that as a child, he had been diagnosed with dyslexia and it was suggested that he be placed on medication. While I’m no doctor, I do know that dyslexia is a language disabilty that is characterized by difficulties with word recognition, spelling and decoding and I have yet to hear of a medication that would help with this disorder. It seems to me that he hasn’t entirely licked the problem since he still has a difficult time completing an intelligent sentence, but I digress. I would like Mr. Cruise inform the public as to what medication was suggested. He also stated that had he been placed on meds, he wouldn’t be where he is today (now wouldn’t that be just be the end of our world as we know it??) since it would have dulled his “passion”. As I mentioned, I don’t know what type of meds Mr. Cruise was referring to, but being an adult who was diagnosed with post tramatic shock disorder, depression and ADHD more than five years ago and being placed on meds, I can assure you that I do not feel dulled in any way. If anything, this fuels my passion to inform people of getting the correct information out and not letting the ugly stigma of the treatment of mental illness rear its head again.

    What Mr. Cruise has done by this convoluted cruisade he’s embarked upon is irresponsible and potentially very dangerous.

    I’m not going to criticize Mr. Cruise’s religion but come on people…Scientology was founded and based on the writings of L. Ron Hubbard who had NO medical, scientific or theological background what so ever. It should also be stated their religious doctrines cite “psychiatry and psychology are responsible for giving Germany a Hitler and Russia a Stalin”. Now there’s a statement that should scare the hell out of everyone and not because it’s based on fact as Mr. Cruise would like you to believe, but because it has no foundation at all. There are plenty of Scientologist within the entertainment industry who may concur (somewhat) with Mr. Cruises’ beliefs but you aren’t seeing them running in droves to rally around him and why not??? Could it possibly be because they don’t feel the need to bring religion into this matter??? What I am getting at it if Mr. Cruise feels there are too many people on “mind altering” drugs, then let him stand on his own two feet and say it for himself instead of using his church as his personal soapbox. Either that or give up acting and become a televangalist

    Everyone needs something to believe in, but Mr. Cruise is abusing his standing in the entertainment industry to voice an opinion that he really has little or no knowlege about, other than what L. Ron Hubbard has stated. When it comes to medication, let the doctors do their job and parents/patients do their research. If ritilan is now a street drug which I know it is, how do you think it got there??? I doubt doctors were prescribing it to junkies. I think it’s more like some parents/patients (the ones that don’t do their research or just don’t give a damn) knowing its street demand/worth and instead of applying the treatment as prescribed, parents are failing to treat their children or adult patients are abusing their prescriptions and instead treating their own financial “habits”. Lets not just bash the doctors. Of course a great deal of medications are prescribed, many of which have little to no side effects in addition to the alternate drugs to ritilan which are stimulant free and it is done with the intent to help, not hinder!!! If we choose to be informed, there is no abuse and we don’t need Mr. Cruise to try to save us all as if we were sheep headed off to slaughter by the big bad doctors and their free swinging meds.

    Now as for his new movie…No, I think I’m going to pass even after giving great consideration to the other talented people in the movie, and of course Mr. Spielberg, who don’t deserve the negativity Mr. Cruise has drawn to this film. The only thing I can say about that is perhaps should this movie not do as projected, other Hollywood celebs and insiders might decide to give a wide berth to Mr. Cruise and by doing so, bring him back to a resonable reality. Well, at least we can hope!

    In closing, a response to foz: Until you know what you are talking about, I highly suggest you take a backseat with your buddy Tom and just keep quiet!!

  • HW Saxton

    Tom is another in the long line of “The
    Secret Swordfighters Of Hollywood”. Is
    that some sort of code for he is just a
    closted homosexual? Not being snarky,I
    just honestly have never heard this term
    used before outside of this post.

  • Nick Jones

    “The ONLY solution is to go to their sessions that run about $1,500 per hour and buy their vitamins…”

    Couldn’t we just get by with reading Dianetics and using a good multivitamin? Just asking.

  • Nick Jones

    Brooke Shields’ rejoinder to Cruise’s comments, from the July 1 New York Times Op-Ed page. (Free registration requuired; see it before it’s archived, which will require a fee.)

  • Tristan

    anyone that does any reading whatsoever KNOWS that Tom (aka Up The Poop-Chute) Cruise is a not-so-secret closeted gay……. and that Nicole Kidman dumped him when he tried to bring home one of his boyfriends ……..

    Does Scientology REQUIRE that you be Gay to achieve the highter levels, such as the ones Cruise and Travolta are among …???

  • Glynne

    Okay, this idiot Tom Cruise said he’s “studied” the history of psychiatry, has HE EVER studied the history of L. Ron Hubbard??? Come on, he was a total whacko SCIENCE FICTION WRITER, not a doctor, theologian or even a nutritionist! He was in PRISON when he wrote Dyanetics!!! It’s time for Tom Cruise to shut his yap or admit that Scientology may have more than a FEW skeletons in it’s own closet! I think it would be very wise (so he’d never do it) to be sure you have nothing to be ashamed of or want to hide BEFORE you cast your first stone.
    I have yet to hear of someone making a televised personal attack on him for his “religion”. He went WAY TOO FAR! He doesn’t give a hoot about Brooke or others who have been help by medicine & psychiatry, of which I am one. Hey, Tom, are you going to take care of me when I’m so far deep in my dark depression that I feel like stepping in front of a bus?? By the way, I’m healthy except for the depression that runs rampant in my family.
    Tom, you’re not a doctor. You don’t have a degree (of sense). You are an actor & a really bad one at that. You haven’t done anything good since “The Firm”. Hope Katie smartens up, cause any man who would publicly attack someone like you did can’t be trusted or believed in!!!

  • mona

    I would like to thank everyone who is couragous enough to share their personal experiences with mental illness on this post. However, you’d be mistaken if you think that this is all about scientology and beliefs. I’m one that doesn’t believe in coincidences. Think of how many magazine covers and other various press coverage Tom has gotten recently. Compare that with his past movie releases. Whether its from Katie, to scientology, to getting squirted with water we’ve seen a little too much of the guy don’t you think. Why you ask? Well, Tom is scheduled to recieve 20% of the profits in War of the Worlds. His highest percentage taking in all of his career. Put it together people. Tom doesn’t care about what he says and who he hurts along the way. As long as its going to be controversial and interesting enought to get us to pay attention they’ve succeeded. You pay 10.00 to watch his movie and he gets $2.00 of that. Thats all that its about folks. Its all about the MONEY. Wisen up and teach these celebrities that this formula wont work on us. They are not the sheep herders and were not the sheep.

  • Lilyblue

    It would be cool if someone had evidence and took Tom “out of the closet”, considering that Scientology does not approve of homosexuality and claims to cure it with vitamins and exercise.

  • Shay

    If I had an opinion of Tom before it was probably more of a favorable one, and I tend to agree that dealing with things naturally is the way to go. I also agree that drugs are highly wrongly prescribed, abused and often unnecessary, but I’m not from the stone age and realize that drugs CAN be of benefit and are sometimes absolutely necessary.

    I too had post partum depression and sufferred through it naturally, but only because I didn’t know what was happening or what to do or who to talk to. All I knew was that I was going insane and that if I didn’t make it no one would know what happened to me! So I commend Brooke for bringing it to the publics attention. She possibly saved many lives and definately improved many, whereas Tom certainly endangered many. We will never know the amount of people he may have harmed, even fatally, because of his reckless statements.

    With my second child I did not have post partum (thank God!) but believe me, it was a huge relief to know that there was such a disorder and that there was treatment for it.

    By the way, before I had post partum my IQ was 127 and had majored in psychology in college, yet didn’t know how to deal with it when it was happening to me. I understand Brooke is also very intelligent, graduating with honors from Princeton University. I’m sure she wouldn’t take any type of drug carelessly or without researching it. Where did Tom get his information or education?

    I guess you don’t have to ask what my opinion of Tom is now. I think he WAS on something to begin with.

    Finally, Brandon, comment 18: I appreciate GREATLY you fighting to protect my freedom. I thank you as I’m sure everyone here does. But calling us wimps for exercising the rights you yourself are fighting for us for seems a little hypocritical. My opinion of Tom being an idiot is not hate inspired. Also you seem to be harboring an awful lot of hate yourself as you label us as haters because we’re excercising our right to free speech.

  • noname

    I’m a little late in this conversation, and I haven’t read the whole thing so I’ll comment bit by bit as I read the earlier posts.

    First off, I just have something to say about all you who are going to not pay any money to see Tom’s movies from now on: whom are you kidding? You really think those few dollars are going to hurt him that much? I also wouldn’t be surprised if you just ended up buying his DVD’s used or downloading them off the internet for free (which is illegal by the way).

    Someone said they wouldn’t pay any money to see Tom’s movies just because they didn’t want to see any of it go to the Church of Scientology. Well, if you’re going to boycott all movies if there’s Scientologists involved I hope you do your research, because you’re going to have to make sure that no one involved in the movie production is a Scientologist. But what makes it even more complicated is the fact that the Scientologist(s) in the movie may not be an actor, but could be a producer, an editor, a composer, etc., so you’ll have to be very careful about your movie selections from now on. Good luck with that.

    This guy Joshua claims that Scientology masks itself as a science. I find that hard to believe since it’s a religion. But what’s worse is he says therapy is natural. Well, I’m not sure how Scientology’s not natural and therapy is, since they were both developed by people. Very odd.

    But allow me to make a point before I make references to individual comments. Have any of you really done research on this subject? Because it looks like a lot of you haven’t. But here’s a better question: did any of you actually understand Tom’s message? He never said there wasn’t mental problems with people, that people weren’t messed up. He merely said these mental maladies weren’t caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. That means you could have someone mentally ill but they are mentally ill because of something other than a chemical imbalance in the brain.

    Also, it’s very interesting how in all those anti-depressant (is that with or without a hyphen?) commercials they tell you there is no known cause of depression but it is thought that it MIGHT be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. If depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain then why do they say it might be and that the cause of it is not known? Something interesting for you to mull over.

    Tom “LITTLE MAN” Cruise is nothing more than that–a little man. This guy obviously has nothing to really contribute to this blog, or probably even society in general, except juvenile insults, which include but are not limited to slams for someone’s height (5’7″ isn’t that short and snice when can someone help how tall they are) and unfounded gay bashing.

    I have to say, what is wrong with a man being 5’7″? I’ve met plenty of guys who are shorter than the average height (which is 5’9″) and there’s nothing wrong with them. You can’t really help it if you’re short and when you make fun of someone for being short you’re technically making fun of ANYONE being short (even though Tom isn’t THAT short). It’s kinda low, don’t you think? Would you really say those kinds of things to someone who was a bit on the short side? I’d like to see you do that.

    And this azstephany chick, talk about full of crap! She makes it sound like it’s a bad thing that John Travolta and Kelly Preston don’t allow their kid to be exposed to the media. What mean parents! And she says they don’t believe in chemical imbalances in the brain when their kid is autistic. Well, I don’t know if autism is considered a mental illness (could be) and to tell you the truth I’m not sure exactly what they believe the causes are for it. But let’s say it is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. I don’t think saying autism is caused by a brain chemical imbalance is the same as depression is caused by that very thing. Autism is something you’re born with (I don’t know if you can develop it later in life from an illness or some sort of trauma) and it’s totally different from depression. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. Another asinine remark. And she says the Travoltas are crazy….

    Well, that’s all I feel like doing for now. I’ll be back later.

  • Nikki

    Birt, we can obviously tell you’re a TC fan & you too, seem to need psychiatric help. Tom’s mental state started spinning out of control when he decided to divorce NK (knowing that she was 3 months pregnant w/his child). And he started a fling w/PC while still married to NK. What a bastard! W.this current interview w/ Matt Lauer, TC has shown what an asshole & an idiot he really is. Here’s a high school drop out, whom is not a licensed doctor nor is does he have any knowledge on mental health lecturing people on the subject. I guarantee, after this interview, his fame will fade, directors will shy away from him, & his career will go down the drain.
    I think TC’s people should, come high hell & water, admit him into a psychiatric ward or @ the very least, force him to see a psychiatrist, whether he believe in them or not! TC needs some serious help!
    A note to TC, shape up (mentally) or get out of acting! I don’t think there’s one person out there,@the present time, wants to see your face on the screen nor do they want to pay to see your movies anymore. I don’t even think they want to hear your idiotic voice anymore. Anyone who jumps on couches to express their love to the public, are not only idiots, but they’re a real embarrasment. TC, you really have emabarrassed your fans! Grow up!

    And Kate Holmes, if you know what is good for your career & your friendship w/your fellow actors, walk away from TC while you still can. You’re a smart girl, can’t you see there’s something seriously wrong w/your so-called beau? If you truly love him, please get him some psychiatric help. And please open your eyes. If he can cheat on Mimi Rogers & Nicole Kidman, he can cheat on you too. And please do NOT get involved in Scientology (as you can already see that it has destroyed TC & all of his crdibility).

  • Aside from MSNBC is there another source for viewing this interview?

    Andrew Hamilton
    Las Vegas Videographers
    Hamilton International Productions

  • Anomymous

    I hope Katie’s pregnancy goes well and her delivery does too and the baby is fine–but I do hope beyond belief that she suffers major post partum depression. Let Tom cure it.

  • KYS

    Maybe he’ll call Brooke Shields for advice. Wouldn’t it be loverly?

  • KYS

    Maybe he’ll call Brooke Shields for advice. Wouldn’t it be loverly?

  • Clayton Lively

    I have bipolar disorder. I take drugs every day, and probably will for the rest of my life. Psychiatry is by no means an exact science. I was hospitalized for over two months, and had been on every drug there was for stabalizing mood. Electro-convulsive therapy was our last option. I had to undergo twelve treatments. Following the “shock” therapy, the drugs began to work. I am definately a different person on the drugs, but I am a functioning person. Personally, I don’t care if all the drugs are doing is “masking” the problem, I’m not bouncing off the wall, or hearing voices, or staying up all night, or feeling so depressed that I could kill myself. Tom Cruise can go (expletive) is uncle for all I care, he doesn’t know crap about mental illness.

  • KYS


    It should comfort you to know that only people who have never experienced bi-polar disorder bash the medical treatment that helps so many people. Don’t let anybody tell you what you need in a crisis. You deserve treatment, and I hope you have a strong support network to help you.

    Tom is a dolt who clearly has never had to face such issues. Ideas like his perpetuate stigma and ignorance.

    Do you have a DBSA (Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance) in your area? There you will find a group of individuals who know what you are going through.

    Good luck!!

  • Eric Olsen

    I agree: whatever works works and best wishes to all in finding wht works. I am astonished by the arrogance of someone — an actor no less! — who tells people that his way is the only way

  • Tom Cruise’s Celebrity has gone to his head and blown out his brain cells! It would be interesting to see his Post Partum Depression after he delivers a few Box Office Duds!

  • GTH

    Five years ago I slit my wrists but was found by a family member. After I was hosipitalized I was found to have an extreme chemical imbalance known as major depression. I was medicated and the combination of that, and a lot of therapy and support from family and friends, kept me doing well today. I’ve been taking medication for depression for 5 years and I am doing great. Without the treatment I got I would probably have tried to kill myself again and again until I succeeded. F*** you Tom Cruise. It works for me and I could have died without it.

  • Boycott mission 3 dont support the fool bot y cott all cruise movies

  • matt

    I am someone who benefits from an amphetamine medication (Dexedrine, the one with a far more notorius reputation than ritalin or adderall) due to ADHD and i do not regret my decision as an adult to take this medicine. Medicine not “speed”. I have taken it for years and I hate abuse and stigmas attached to both the medication i take or my choice to use it. The proof is in my behavior and the fact that my mind slows down so i can function, focus and live like people who unlike Mr. Cruise (an undiagnosed manic-depressive who has met the diagnostic criteria for a “manic episode” for months now) are either in denial or fit into the spectrum of “stable, or normal”. There is proof to support both Tom’s opinion and The American Psychiatric Association’s opinion on medication and Psychiatry. And he only voiced his OPINION not FACT so i let it roll off…

  • My comment is this, it’s real funny your waste time buying in to some shit like youthful Essences, wheen you can wait on somethign new and it never coms! ha! that’s like Jessica Simpson and her journey back for childhood,sacraficial. ”

  • michele Perez

    Amidst a hundred comments I’m not sure why you’ll find mine worth reading since it really doesn’t impart anything new under the sun:

    In response to someone’s earlier comment about Tom’s freedom of speech and our subsequent “bashing” while also addressing the implication that natural is the superior to artificial:

    We DO enjoy freedom of speech but that doesn’t mean I have to agree or that I can’t exercise my free speech by criticizing someone else’s – only that I do not censor it.

    Because something is natural doesn’t make it superior/desirable. It’s natural to be eaten by predators, weather winter blizzards, thirst during droughts and develop cancer from the sun’s radiation. There are many naturally occuring poisons in plants and animal; diseases that cause disability or death; abberations which can lead to your demise (think near-sightedness). Intelligence (and it’s spin-off, artificial manipulation of the environment) is our evolutionary advantage and our use of it in a sense is natural though what we create with it is, well, man-made. It isn’t man-made vs. natural but good vs. bad – it is a category mistake to use them interchangeably.

    In response to Tom’s claims:
    I find it very concerning that anyone in this modern age where more people than ever have access to both education and information that neurochemistry can be called a sham. How anyone who’s spent anytime reading basic neurophysiology can even so much as hint that neurotransmitters do not have an effect on brain function and the person in which that brain is housed is simply unsupported. That this exists and dogmatically is worrisome, it’s like saying heart attacks are caused by evil spirits and physicians and scientists have it all wrong. The implications if this were taken seriously en masse would be devastating.

    I want some hard facts about the psychoses that have responded to vitamins and exercise to which Mr. Cruise refers. Where are these case studies? Why isn’t everyone abuzz about this new panacea Scientology claims to offer? There are so many homeless people with schizophrenia living a natural, medication-free life on the streets, it would be the humane thing to do to bring them in, give them shelter and offer them a cure pro bono;. Isn’t it an ethical obligation to share this treatment and its evidence with the rest of the world free of charge?

    I work in the field of psychiatry and I am thankful everyday that I do not battle in such terrible wars over which I would have little to no control. There are patients who would be entirely swallowed in delusions, hallucinations and thought disorder if it were not for psychiatrists and medicine while others would have committed suicide, become alchoholics or drug-abusers, or simply settled for an unfulfilling existence. It is not just an insult to doctors and scientists but also to those afflicted and someone should speak up.

  • michele Perez

    Oh, and as an aside, to clear up something: doctors do not get paid money to push certain medications. I had worked closely with a cardiologist as a rounding nurse for years and never ever did he or I get any sort of money for preferring one drug over another. There are companies that spend ridiculous amounts of money on presentation dinners, pens, calendars and other doo-dads that are immaterial in actually picking one drug over another. Doctors make a ton of money simply through being doctors and these little trinkets don’t mean anything to them. A lot of the time the “why” involved when a physician chooses a drug depends on familiarity, patient cost, side effects, the MDs experience with its efficacy through patient and clinical reports and patient population. Medicine is indeed a business, pharmaceutical companies do want to make money, they are not a charity, but at the same time there are a lot of regulations in place on our drugs in the US which at times can be a hindrance but overall is a way to protect the public and ensures, to the best of its ability, that a drug contains the active ingredient, has been shown to do what it claims to do and that it is relatively safe (some drugs obviously have major side-effects, such as chemo, but their benefits outweigh the alternative). It is bad news at the least to have a drug that is dangerous and pharmaceutical companies would prefer not to market something unsafe just on the basis of bad business both in lawsuits and association. Perpetuating a myth is irresponsible and can influence people’s decisions in a negative way. It’s good to be thoughtful and skeptical (I am a strong skeptic myself) but consider sources, other possible variables/contributing factors, sample sizes and alternatives carefully.

  • Far out, perhaps if Mr. Tom Cruise took his psyco medicine, he would have a proper opinion 😉