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Cruise plays down 'placenta plan'
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
Cruise stars in Mission Impossible III, due out in May
Hollywood actor Tom Cruise has played down reports that he plans to eat the placenta of his new baby.

The War of the Worlds star was quoted in GQ magazine saying he thought the placenta and umbilical cord would be "very nutritious".

But in a subsequent interview with Diane Sawyer on US television, he made light of the comments.

"Yeah, we're going to do that - a whole family thing. Isn't that normal and natural? No, we're not eating it."

The 43-year-old star - currently promoting his new film Mission Impossible III - is expecting a child with his fiancee, actress Katie Holmes.

The couple, who have been engaged since June 2005, plan to marry in late summer or early autumn, according to Cruise.

The baby will be the first for Holmes, while Cruise has two adopted children from his marriage to Nicole Kidman.

He said earlier this month that their baby was due "any day now".

'Silent birth'

In his conversation with Sawyer on ABC's Primetime show, Cruise said that Catholic-born Holmes has already joined him as a follower of the Church of Scientology.

It followed comments made to GQ in which he defended the religion's doctrine that childbirth should be completed in silence

"It's really about respecting the woman," he told Sawyer. "It's not about her not screaming."

Cruise also claimed he knew Holmes, 27, was pregnant even before she told him.

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