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Accident injures 11 on Cruise film shoot

Actors dressed as German Wehrmacht soldiers pause during the shooting of a scene of 'Valkyrie' in front of the German Finance Ministry, the former Reichsluftfahrtministerium (Air Force Ministry), in Berlin August 19, 2007. Eleven people were injured when they fell off the back of a truck during shooting in Berlin, police said on Monday. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) - Eleven people were injured when they fell off the back of a truck during the shooting of Tom Cruise’s latest film in Berlin, police said on Monday.

In “Valkyrie”, Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who fronted the failed attempt by a group of largely military conspirators to assassinate Adolf Hitler in July 1944.

The 11 fell from the truck when a side panel burst open as it drove around a corner in central Berlin on Sunday evening, police said. One of them was seriously hurt and had to remain in hospital. Filming was halted after the accident.

“We have no findings to suggest anyone famous was involved in the accident,” said a police spokesman, adding he did not know whether it would affect the shoot this week.

Cruise has come under fire from politicians and the Stauffenberg family for his role in the movie due to his involvement with Scientology, which the German government views as a cult.

The conspiracy’s importance to the post-war rehabilitation of Germany has meant that dramatizations of the events of July 20, 1944, tend to be subject to particular scrutiny.

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