London: Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise is incensed with a newspaper, after it published an article saying that the actor claimed, he was Shakespeare in his previous birth.
According to the Sun, the rumour spread like wild fire after an internet hoax in which a spoof interview with the star went on the web.
War of The Worlds star Tom was falsely reported to have said he was a poet, composer and discoverer in a previous life.
The spoof also went on to claim that Cruise thought he was a reincarnation of Shakespeare, due to his belief in the Scientology.
"This interview is a total fabrication. Tom did not say those things," a spokesman for Cruise said.
The report wrongly claimed Cruise said: "I was much happier in previous existences when I wrote plays, composed music, conquered nations, discovered continents, and developed cures for diseases.