The Independent 22nd July 2009
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-enter ... 56547.html
Kevin Bishop was the guy who was in the excellent "Star Stories" series of spoofs of which the Tom Cruise episode ranks as one of the best. I tried to find the original thread on the forum but the search feature sucks a bit.
Here's a trailer: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2o59o ... cruise_fun
UK viewers can watch the original 2007 full episode on channel4's 4oD player website...
(Full title: The Church of Scientology Presents... Being Tom Cruise: How Scientology Is in No Way Mental )
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/star ... /episode-2
On topic snippet from The Independent article.....
The sometimes zany nature of the show has inevitably had US producers sit up and take note. They see the energy of the show as easily transferable and would be happy to substitute the Premiership for the NFL and make similar cultural adjustments. But, despite Bishop’s transferability he’s no plans to make a Stateside move just yet. While the money thrown at pilots could make series over here Bishop knows first hand some of the reasons why, figuratively speaking, ‘cousins never marry.’
“I gave some American producers the Star Stories DVD and those that could be bothered to watch it saw the Tom Cruise one. One guy went ‘?you can’t do that it’s Tom Cruise man?[we’ve done it]?yeah but you can’t do that on TV?[it’s already gone out]?what you’re talking about Scientology, are you fucking nuts??[er, look we’ve done it it’s been on telly and everyone loved and we’ve had no complaints]?has Tom Cruise seen this?!”
Whilst the USA publically prides itself on freedom of speech, you have TV producers there who think some actors should remain untouchable. I guess the nepotism-esque Hollywood traits, and fear of being sued, prettymuch overrules.