Fact-checking Danny Masterson's remarkable Paper interview about Scientology - 2015-02-12
By now you've probably seen Danny Masterson's interview with Paper magazine, which was posted online Wednesday evening. The piece is getting a lot of attention because Scientology's celebrities are usually very reluctant to talk publicly about the secretive organization.
The last time an actor said so much about his involvement in Scientology, and as aggressively, it was Tom Cruise in 2005, and it backfired on him rather spectacularly. But now, with Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary, based on Lawrence Wright's book Going Clear, airing on HBO on March 16 after its successful premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Masterson has been set loose, and with pretty remarkable results.
He trashed both Wright's book and Gibney's film version of it, and we're not going to say much about that. The people who have read the book and the many people who will see the movie starting next month will be able to judge Masterson's criticisms for themselves.