He's aware of the tabloid gossip about Scientology, and has been for years. Plz consider that he lives in a very protected bubble. He's public for a few weeks to promote a movie, other than that, we see contrived photo ops.
The Katie Divorce, like the Nicole divorce, were intrusions into his private world. He has a sterile image as husband, father, movie star he's projected for decades, and the tabloids have been tearing at it for decades.
So, he insulates and isolates and when he goes out in public to do publicity for his movies, and give interviews, it's very strict, very structured, liimted exposure.
He comes across as stiff and wary, because he is not accustomed, day to day, to being out in public, and he's waiting for that tabloid zinger you were forbidden from asking him. He's awkward, because he's out of his comfort zone.
I thinkt he never considered that his very private world, and that of Miscavage and Scientology would get all this negative exposure. He never dreamed his own role,or his place in that firmament would ever be made public. But it has.
The negatives from that exposure have impacted his careeer. I've even read he was sat down and given a serious talking to. There was a huge amount of $$$ invested in his films. Especially the movie that came out around the time of Katie dropping the bomb.
He had to chose. Go after Katie, go after the tabloids, go public and mount a defense of Scientology, or make movies and tone down the Scientology.
He chose movies. But contrary to what we might think, Scientology owns his ass, and all his millions mean nothing because Scientology treats him like their cash cow. So Scientology had no problem with him chosing his movies and toning down his personal beliefs.