Tom Cruise in placenta flap

Tom Cruise, who last year made waves while promoting War of the Worlds, is again making waves while he is promoting his upcoming film Mission: Impossible III. This time, Cruise joked he will eat the placenta and umbilical cord of pregnant girlfriend, Dawson's Creek star Katie Holmes, after she gives birth to their first child together.

In an interview in the May issue of GQ magazine, Cruise says, "I'm gonna eat the placenta. I thought that would be good. Very nutritious. I'm gonna eat the cord and the placenta right there."

However, on Friday night's interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's Primtime, Cruise said it was all a joke.

"Isn't that normal and natural? No, we're not eating it," he replied when asked by Sawyer about the comment.

Cruise's admission that it was a joke came too late for many Web news sources that had already reported the actor's placenta-eating remark. It's easy to understand why news sites would take the comment seriously, as the actor has been exhibiting increasingly strange behavior over the past year.

Last year, Cruise embarked on a memorable press tour wherein he argued with Matt Lauer on The Today Show , chastised Brooke Shields for having postpartum depression, told an Access Hollywood reporter he hated psychiatry because he cared about "all of you," and jumped maniacally on Oprah Winfrey's couch (a scene parodied in the film, Scary Movie 4).

Recently, Cruise has been causing tongue-wagging with his insistence that Holmes practice the Scientology method of "silent birth." Cruise also purchased his own ultrasound machine and performs his own ultrasound scans on the baby, a move that was decried by physicians, as Cruise has no medical experience.

Elsewhere in the GQ interview, the actor discusses his and Holmes' sex life ("it's spectacular") and her conversion to Scientology, the religious faith created in the 1950s by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard of which Cruise is a follower.

Cruise and Holmes have been dating since spring of last year, and were engaged in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris last June. In October, they announced Holmes' pregnancy.

As odd as it may sound, placenta ingestion isn't completely unheard of. Many mammals eat their placenta, and "placentophagia" is practiced by humans in many parts of the world. Some Web sites even list placenta recipes, touting it as a way to ward off postpartum depression.

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How could this happen to Joey!?!
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I know he's joking but after all the crazy things he has done over the past year, was that really a brite thing to do? This guy will do and say anything for publicity! I can just see him holding up his daughter like in the Lion King! Run Katie, run!
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Does he have a brain tumor or something cause he is acting so weird! That is really grouse!
I don't think Katie realised what she was getting herself into. (but as long as she is happy)
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Take him out and shoot him. Please!
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what the hell is wrong with him!?
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Just when I thought this dude couldn't get any weirder!
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Another crazy Scientologist...
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Technically, shouldn't Katie eat the placenta, not Tom? I mean, if you want a truly natural childbirth, have Katie dig a hole in the dirt and crawl into it to drop her calf. That's what my black Lab did. Be thankful human women generally only have one young at a time, Tom, otherwise you'd be noshing on six or eight afterbirths. Yum-Yum.....
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TOO MUCH INFORMATION! TOO MUCH INFORMATION!

Well, you have to do something until the baby is old enough to dangle over the balcony.
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Tom Cruise is crazy. He probably does want to eat the placenta...freak.
Funny side story Brooke Shields also gave birth to a baby girl. Think they will be hanging out?
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OMG that is gross even to joke about! He is a NUT JOB!
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wow, my admiration of cruise just went up about 50%. No, I'm not being sarcastic. I like people with sense of humor... and I especially like people who send the masses into a frenzy because of a silly fun comment.
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This baby is not going to be safe around this man. He's a raving paranoid with boundary issues. He'll tinker with his new toy until he breaks it.
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EWWWWWWWWWWW
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Yecch. Things I didn't need to know about Tom Cruise...
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WHAT!?! Poor poor Joey Porter. So odd!
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