The 46-year-old actress appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher to speak about her documentary series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
Remini, along with Maher, agreed that Cruise has an unrivaled influence over the organisation’s success – and that influence could be its downfall.
“He could end this single-handedly,” Maher suggested on his US TV show.
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Remini agreed, adding: “Yes, because he is single-handedly clearing the planet most Scientologists believe.”
“Clearing the planet?”, Maher interjected. “He couldn’t even make Jack Reacher a hit.”
“When the history of Scientology is finally written,” Maher said, “it will show that fate chose you to come on in Act Five. You’re like Reagan and ‘tear down that wall’.”
According to the New York Post, Remini credits Maher’s 2008 anti-religion documentary for planting some seeds of doubt in her mind.
“I watched it because I was a troublemaker, apparently, always, but I wasn’t even at the level of what you were revealing in your documentary,” Remini said.
“So you seemed a little crazy to me,” she added.