Crash director Paul Haggis has condemned journalists for not asking Tom Cruise questions about Scientology.
Cruise has spent the summer promoting his new film Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation across the world and journalists have reportedly been asked not to question him about his private life and beliefs.
Oscar-winning director Haggis was a member of the Church of Scientology but left in 2009. He was recently interviewed for Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, an expose on the church.
Haggis believes that journalists should have addressed the issue with Cruise on his press tour.
"His PR people are very smart," he told The Daily Beast. "But I don't know how journalists can continue to call themselves journalists if they aren't brave enough to ask a question.
"I mean, how big does the elephant in the room have to be before you ask about it?"
He added, "There are things called journalistic integrity, and there are things more important than promoting a movie sometimes.
"It was so glaringly obvious. There was this huge elephant there and every journalist agreed not to address it. Why? You're just a PR person at that point. Shame on you."
Is it feasible to watch a Mission Impossible film and think at the same time? Probably not, but it did occur to me while watching this one that the fitful action series has been a life raft for Tom Cruise through some pretty stormy times.