Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Tom Cruise to probe Irish roots on flying visit

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise

It will be a busy 24 hours for Hollywood star Tom Cruise, who is due to jet in to Ireland tomorrow for a whirlwind stopover to promote his new film.

The veteran actor is expected to touch down on Irish soil in the morning, setting up camp at the Merrion Hotel.

Getting in touch with his roots, he is due to receive a certificate of Irish ancestry from the Republic's Department of Foreign Affairs. Cruise (50) has roots on his father's side in Kilteevan, Co Roscommon, as well as in Dublin.

He will record an interview with Ryan Tubridy for the 'Late Late Show' at RTE before gracing the red carpet at the Irish premiere of 'Oblivion' with his co-star Olga Kurylenko and director Joseph Kosinski, at the Savoy cinema on O'Connell Street.

The science fiction movie is based on the Radical Comics novel of the same name and sees Cruise play Jack Harper, a former Marine commander who works on post-apocalyptic Earth as a repairman.

Meanwhile, anti-Scientology group Anonymous plans to protest outside the cinema.

The non-executive director of the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin, Gerard Ryan, said that while he respects the group has a right to publicly object to Cruise's beliefs, he cannot understand why they'd bother.

"Tom Cruise is just another member of our church, albeit a well-known one, but that's all."

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