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SCIENTOLOGY TRIED TO STOP THE MASTER FROM BEING MADE, AT LEAST ACCORDING TO PEOPLE PROMOTING IT
September 15 2012
Los Angeles, CA – It’s hard, sometimes, to tell exactly what kind of organization Scientology has become. In many ways it exhibits behaviours of a church, albeit it a slightly wackier one than is commonly accepted in the world. At other times, though, stories emerge that paint the group in a much more negative light and as fundamentalists and a cult, and a scary one at that.
Tales of children being taken from parents, of indoctrination cruises, and of personal information being collected and used as blackmail fodder are common. Surely some of those tales are indulged and embellished, likely by opponents of the church, but somewhere in there is like a hard kernel of truth.
That ugly side is something that may be starting to exhibit itself again, may have already done so in fact, in the wake of a new movie, ‘The Master’, which is loosely based on the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and the early days of the church. That movie, according to executives responsible for it, was under pressure from the start and has even resulted in threats related to its release, or at least that’s what the people behind it want you to think, there is money involved after all.
“We've had pressure and we've resisted pressure. Originally people said to me 'don't make it'. Lots of pressure,” said Harvey Weinstein whose company is distributing, but did not make or finance, the film. “And then, as we were making it, we had pressure to change it. Paul's not doing that and I didn't think he chose me [to work with] because I was going to acquiesce either.”
Weinstein has also apparently also hired extra personal security because everyone is trying to kill Harvey Weinstein.
It’s not clear if director Paul Thomas Anderson or stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Philip Seymour Hoffman have also been given extra security but probably not.
“I’m sure there are a lot of people within the Scientology hierarchy who aren’t totally happy with this movie but they aren’t dumb. They get movies and movie production and promotion. I mean half their congregation are movie actors. They get that protesting would only increase attention and so I’m sure they did little or none of this but it sure does get the production press,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “And that is not altogether a bad thing. Apparently the movie it really good and they want people to come out and see it. Nothing wrong with that at all.”
The movie has received multiple accolades already including a kind of win at the Venice Film Festival.
“Look, the most prominent Scientologist has already seen the movie and he didn’t murder anyone that we know of after seeing it. If Tom Cruise can stop himself from killing someone over the movie then you know things aren’t really all that bad. That dude is crazy,” continued Temple. “However it does do something for the promotion of the film, painting the Scientologists as loons trying to destroy the film. Does great things for it in fact, we’re talking about it right now. Masterful job there, masterful.”
‘The Master’ will be released September 28th whether Scientologists like it or not. Posters have already been printed and everything.
Samantha Dryden, Entertainment Correspondent