Tom Cruise stars in "Oblivion" as a veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources after an alien invasion some 60 years earlier -- a concept the star doesn't believe is entirely impossible.
During a panel discussion at the film's Moscow premiere, Cruise told reporters he believes humans aren’t the only intelligent life forms in the galaxy, reports the U.K. paper The Sun.
“I don’t think you can actually count it out," he said of the question of whether life on other planets exists. "It might be a little arrogant to think we were the only ones in all the galaxies throughout the universe — but I’ve never met one!”
While there are many who agree with the idea that it would be arrogant to dismiss the possibility, the actor's admission is significant since Cruise is a prominent Scientologist, and one of the church's core beliefs is that 75 million years ago, Xenu, dictator of the "Galactic Confederacy," sent billions of frozen souls on spaceships from his overpopulated planet to the bases of volcanoes on Earth. When the volcanoes erupted, the scattered souls or "thetans" found their way into human bodies, and their emotional issues haunt their human hosts -- thus the need for auditing to purge them.
The 50-year-old actor also made a number of other admissions during the panel discussion. In addition to claiming that his 2002 movie "Minority Report" gave Apple the idea for the iPad, he also said he'd love to visit space once day.
“Who wouldn’t want to do something like that? I’m going to let a couple of other people test it out first but it would be great. I was always hoping when I was a kid that we would be travelling to different planets by now,” he said.
Cruise is far from the only celeb who is eager to travel into the great unknown, as Ashton Kutcher, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Katy Perry and Tom Hanks have all reportedly shelled out $200,000 a piece for a seat on Virgin Galactic’s upcoming two-hour mission, scheduled for December 2013.