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Tom Cruise-Shakespeare Hoax
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1385  Thursday, 25 August 2005

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Thursday, August 25, 2005
Subject: 	Tom Cruise-Shakespeare Hoax

I thought I sent out the original message from the August 22, 2005, 
Fashion Monitor of Toronto, but apparently I didn't and that's a good thing.

That story included the following:

Scientologist Tom Cruise revealed that he is much older than the forty 
three years he has spent in his present body. Tom Cruise noted that he 
is "old beyond reckoning." What's more, his current life is "probably 
one of the least satisfying" he has led. [...]

Cruise said he became aware that he "had been here before," when he read 
the complete works of Shakespeare in a month, despite being dyslexic, 
not long after dropping out of high school.

"Shakespeare was deja vu for me," said Tom Cruise. "It was so cool. I 
felt as if I had seen his words already, knew them all by heart. Then, 
after I began studying scientology, I realized the words had come from 
my heart in a previous life. That's why I say that as glorious and 
enviable as my present life is, making "War of the Worlds" and all those 
other great movies can't compare to writing "Romeo and Juliet" or the 
sonnets.

Today, several sources announced that the previous life story was a hoax:

(1)-------------------------------------------------------------
The Sun Online - News: Cruise fury at Bard hoax
By VICTORIA NEWTON
Showbiz Editor
Thursday, August 25, 2005

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2005390498,00.html

TOM Cruise was furious last night after a newspaper claimed he had said 
he was William Shakespeare in a previous life.  The 43-year-old 
Hollywood actor was the victim of an internet hoax in which a spoof 
interview with the star went on the web.  War of The Worlds star Tom was 
falsely reported to have said he was a poet, composer and discoverer in 
a previous life.

The spoof also went on to claim that he thought he was a reincarnation 
of Shakespeare, thanks to his belief in the Scientology religion.

Last night a spokesman for Cruise said: "This interview is a total 
fabrication. Tom did not say those things."

The bogus quotes were printed in Canadian newspaper, the Toronto 
Monitor. The report wrongly claimed Cruise said: "I was much happier in 
previous existences when I wrote plays, composed music, conquered 
nations, discovered continents, and developed cures for diseases."

(2)-------------------------------------------------------------
TOM CRUISE - CRUISE SLAMS PREVIOUS LIFE INTERVIEW HOAX

http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/cruise%20slams%20previous%20life%20interview%20hoax

Hollywood star TOM CRUISE has slammed reports he claimed to be a 
reincarnation of English playwright WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE in a recent 
interview.  A hoax website 'interview' claimed the MINORITY REPORT hunk 
had said he was a poet, composer and explorer in previous lives.

The interview quoted Cruise as saying, "I was much happier in previous 
existences when I wrote plays, composed music, conquered nations, 
discovered continents and developed cures for diseases."

However, a representative for Cruise says, "This interview is a total 
fabrication. Tom did not say those things."

(3)-------------------------------------------------------------
Tom Cruise is no William Shakespeare! - Sify.com

http://sify.com/movies/hollywood/fullstory.php?id=13925252

London: Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise is incensed with a newspaper, after it 
published an article saying that the actor claimed, he was Shakespeare 
in his previous birth.

According to the Sunday, the rumour spread like wild fire after an 
internet hoax in which a spoof interview with the star went on the web.

War of The Worlds star Tom was falsely reported to have said he was a 
poet, composer and discoverer in a previous life.

The spoof also went on to claim that Cruise thought he was a 
reincarnation of Shakespeare, due to his belief in the Scientology.

"This interview is a total fabrication. Tom did not say those things," a 
spokesman for Cruise said.  The report wrongly claimed Cruise said: "I 
was much happier in previous existences when I wrote plays, composed 
music, conquered nations, discovered continents, and developed cures for 
diseases.

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