Russell Crowe knew Tom Cruise was a 'very cool guy' after they discussed Scientology

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Russell Crowe Knew Tom Cruise Was 'Cool' After They Discussed Scientology
By RYAN BUXTON
The Huffington Post

After Gawker included him on a list of celebrities linked to Scientology, Russell Crowe clarified on Twitter that he is not a member of the controversial religion, and he told "The HuffPost Show" on Friday that he also avoided a Scientology sales pitch from the most famous Scientologist in the world, Tom Cruise.

When Crowe spoke with hosts Roy Sekoff and Marc Lamont Hill about his new film "The Water Diviner," he recounted the one discussion he had with Cruise about Scientology during his marriage to Crowe's friend Nicole Kidman. Crowe explained:

"As a friend of Nicole Kidman, I got to know Tom Cruise quite well, and I was in the video store, and there was a $2.50, on-sale special video on Scientology, so I watched it. It was kind of like out of a friendship thing, really. I brought it up with him and we had a short conversation about it, but it was a moment that I kind of really established in my mind that I thought he was a very cool guy. Because I brought it up with him, I broached the subject, we talked about it for a natural length of conversation, and then his finisher on the conversation was, 'If it's important to you, man, you'll do something about it.' And we never talked about it again."

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 4: Movie star Tom Cruise (R) and 'Gladiator' lead Russell Crowe arrive for the premiere of Cruise's latest film 'Mission Impossible 2' at The Empire, Leicester Square, London, 04 June 2000. The movie has opened to rave reviews in America taking $41 million USD in its opening weekend. (Photo credit should read HUGO PHILPOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Actors Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/FilmMagic)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26, 1999: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Actors, Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, watching the South Sydney rugby league team in action against the Auckland Warriors at the Sydney Football ground in Sydney on July 26, 1999. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)
WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe during the WBA Super Middle Weight Boxing Title Defence between the current champion Anthony Mundine of Australia and Yoshinori Nishizawa of Japan at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre on January 19, 2004 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe attend a party for Kidman's movie 'Party Girl' which screened later in the evening at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Thursday, January 17, 2002. (Photo by Fred Hayes/WireImage)
Actors Russell Crowe, left, and Nicole Kidman chat at their table during the 8th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday, March 10, 2002, in Los Angeles. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are chosen by the guild's 98,000 members, the awards are given in five film and eight television categories. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe & Thandie Newton Attend The 'Mission:Impossible-2' Premiere In London'S West End. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)
Actors Nicole Kidman jokes with her husband Tom Cruise during a photocall in Paris Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999. Kidman and Cruise are in Paris to promote late film director Stanley Kubrick's last film "Eyes Wide Shut." (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
American film stars Tom Cruise, left, and his wife Nicole Kidman wave on the stage prior to beginning of a Tokyo preview of film "Eyes Wide Shut" they head the cast Thursday, July 15, 1999. Director Stanley Kubrick's posthumous work will be released in Japan later this month. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Crowe said he hasn't seen "Going Clear," the explosive HBO documentary about Scientology, nor has he spoken to Cruise recently.

"I haven't seen him for quite a while. Once they got divorced, I think I got thrown out with [Nicole]," Crowe said.

Watch more from "The HuffPost Show" here.

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