'A utopian vision': Doc-maker explores the secrets of Scientology - 2017-02-08
"I've seen so much about Scientology that convinces me that there's something really bizarre about it, but what I hadn't seen before was something that attempted to explain the appeal of it and so that's what I tried to do," Theroux explained to CTV News Channel on Wednesday from London, U.K.
To tell the story, Theroux hired young actors to re-enact stories gleaned from his interviews with former Scientologists. But, during the process of making his "reverse-investigative" documentary, Theroux said members of the Church began following him and his crew and filming them without explanation. He said Scientologists would hurl insults at the film's contributors. Those confrontations wound up in the movie too, he said, revealing more about the Church than Theroux thought he would be able to learn.