When Tom Cruise arrived in India over the weekend to a throng of screaming fans, you’d just assume his superstar power knows no borders as it screeches across the sky on the wings of Scientology.. juice? I have no idea. Anyway, much like everything involved with the Church of L. Ron, it turns out a large chunk of those “fans” were actually paid actors with no fucking clue who Tom Cruise is, but all kinds of clue of how awesome lunch buffets are. Via Videogum:
In fact, the 200-and-odd people gathered there didn’t even know who he was and they couldn’t care less. They had been hired at the rate of Rs 150, or $3 per person approximately, by a model coordinator to do the same!
“Tom kaun? I don’t know who he is or what he does. We were told to come here by 1pm today and wait for a foreign VIP to come out of the airport gate and scream and shout when he came. None of us know who Tom is. There was a buffet lunch also for us and we were paid Rs 150 for this job today. We do this for television shows and other such events where crowds are required,” said one of the junior artistes at the airport, who was hired as an excited Tom fan.
While the primary source of this report is questionable, I actually believe it because a.) Scientology runs on nothing but pure bullshit manufactured to present the illusion that each of its members obtain unparalleled superstar status, and b.) the entire population of India is too busy making rednecks who should never be allowed near technology to go, “Kin I git someone who speaks gotdamn English?” to attend movie premieres. Fact.