Defenders of the faith should stand at ease - 1999-06-28
THE MOST MAIL Daily Variety has received this year about a single article has come in response to a story that the newspaper will never run. The subject was Scientology and its influence on Hollywood.
The story was in the process of being researched by our film editor, Dan Cox, who recently left the paper to accept a job as a literary agent without finishing the article.
In approaching his story, Cox was impressed by the fact that the Scientologists, who've been around since the 1950s, were getting more "public" about their faith: Witness the fact that John Travolta, a stalwart member, had agreed to star in a $70 million production of "Battlefield Earth," based on the book by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.