We're going too easy on Tom Cruise, apparently, says Paul Haggis - Metro US

We’re going too easy on Tom Cruise, apparently, says Paul Haggis

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 31: Tom Cruise has a chat with audience about movie 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' at Lotte Cinema on July 31, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)

Journalists, you’re letting Paul Haggis down. The “Crash” director is disappointed that Tom Cruise made it through his entire “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” press tour without having to address the Scientology issues raised by the recent “Going Clear” documentary.

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“We forgive anybody anything if they’re a movie star, I guess,” Haggis tells the Daily Beast. “That’s not his fault. His PR people are very smart.” Haggis sees one main culprit in all of this: entertainment journalists. “I don’t know how journalists can continue to call themselves journalists if they aren’t brave enough to ask a question,” he says.

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“There are things called journalistic integrity, and there are things more important than promoting a movie sometimes. It was so glaringly obvious. There was this huge elephant there, and every journalist agreed not to address it. Why? You’re just a PR person at that point. Shame on you.” Way harsh, Paul.

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