Hollywood star Tom Cruise has slammed reports he claimed to be a reincarnation of English playwright William Shakespeare in a recent interview.

A hoax website 'interview' claimed the Minority Report hunk had said he was a poet, composer and explorer in previous lives.

The interview quoted Cruise as saying, "I was much happier in previous existences when I wrote plays, composed music, conquered nations, discovered continents and developed cures for diseases."

However, a representative for Cruise says, "This interview is a total fabrication. Tom did not say those things."