Leah Remini Warns 'Top Gun' Fans: Don't Let Tom Cruise 'Fool You'

Taylor Sakellis
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instagram | @leahremini

It seems like all anyone can talk about these days is the new Top Gun film, Top Gun: Maverick, starring Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly, and Miles Teller.

To be fair, fans of the original film have been waiting a long time for this sequel, and by all accounts, it's a massive success. However, Leah Remini is urging fans to remember Tom Cruise's involvement in Scientology — the controversial church she famously left nearly a decade ago in 2013.

It seems like "Top Gun: Maverick" is the only movie people are talking about these days.

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Giphy | Top Gun

Rarely is a sequel ever praised as much as this follow-up film has been, and after making a whopping $100 million during its opening weekend, it's clear fans can't get enough.

While the buzz around the film is focusing on Val Kilmer's return to the big screen and Miles Teller making heart's swoon, actress and former Church of Scientology member Leah Remini is hoping to bring attention to the movie's star, Tom Cruise.

As fans of Leah know, the actress left the notorious church in 2013 and has been outspoken about her experience ever since.

In her 2015 memoir, the "King of Queens" star gave fans an inside look into the infamous organization.

The church has denied many of her claims, including that Leah was only allowed to meet Tom after donating $1 million to the International Association of Scientology.

In her book, titled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, she wrote:

“The mere fact that I was fit to be in Tom’s presence was a huge compliment. The actor wasn’t just an A-list movie star but a pillar of the church.”

In 2017, Leah made her thoughts about the "Top Gun" star very clear, calling the actor "diabolical" during a Reddit event.

"There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there's the person behind the mask who is a completely different person," Leah explained at the time.

Taking to Twitter this past weekend, the 51-year-old shared a screenshot of former Scientologist and friend Claire Headley's Facebook post that accused Tom of promoting "a dangerous cult that destroyed my family."

"Glad all you Top Gun fans are enjoying the new movie," Claire wrote in the emotional Facebook post.

"Personally, recent posts about this new movie only serve to remind me of Tom Cruise and his crimes against humanity.

"So no, I will not watch the movie, nor will I ever support or approve of this scam of a man," the former Scientologist wrote. "Trust me, Tom Cruise knows exactly who he is supporting and the abuses the organization perpetuates."

Back in 2012, Claire and her husband, Marc Headley, filed a lawsuit against the church of Scientology. In the suit, the pair alleged that the church had violated human trafficking and human rights laws.

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Facebook | Claire Headley

Marc Headley, who worked closely with Tom Cruise within the organization, wrote his own exposé on Scientology, titled “Blown for Good.”

Along with a screenshot of Claire's Facebook post, Leah tweeted in praise of her friend for speaking up.

"... Tom Cruise knows exactly what goes on in Scientology," the King of Queens star wrote. "Don't let the movie star charm fool you."