Tom's Movie Request Labeled Impossible
05/05/2004 AT 09:00 AM EDT
Tom Cruise, 41, who is co-producing and starring in the third installment of the spy movie franchise, was in Berlin last month to scout locations in anticipation of the movie's filming late this summer, reports Reuters.
One of his favorite locations was the relatively new and dramatic-looking 130-feet diameter glass and steel dome atop of the 19th-century parliament building, said a spokesman for Berlin's Studio Babelsberg production firm, which is working with Cruise on his location hunt.
The Reichstag has a long and bumpy history, and at one point came to symbolize Hitler's reign of terror – the dictator's rise to power was propelled by a 1933 fire in the building that led to emergency decrees suspending freedom of speech.
Once the Allied Forces destroyed the dome during WWII, the structure was left as is, as a reminder of Germany's war-torn past – until British architect Norman Foster designed the glass dome, to symbolize transparency. But that symbol will not appear on movie screens.
A spokesman for Parliament President Wolfgang Thierse, confirming a report in the German magazine Bild, tells Reuters: "The building is not available as a film location, and we refuse point blank every request to use it as such. ... It is about maintaining the dignity of the parliament."
For the record, Cruise's ex-wife, Nicole Kidman, 38, recently filmed a large portion of her new movie, The Interpreter, in what used to be a strictly off-limits movie location: the New York headquarters of the United Nations.
Director Sydney Pollack assured U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan before filming that the movie (due to open in November) would not conflict with U.N. values.