Secrets of The Master: Elements of Scientology That Didn't Make It into the Film - 2012-10-01
By now you've no doubt either seen Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master or you've read about it. You've probably heard from writers like yours truly who say that the film is filled with references to Scientology's early history, while some reviewers, unfamiliar with that history, seem to think the Scientology in it is only a faint backdrop.
In each of our radio interviews, we've taken pains to point out that Anderson had written a script that was much more steeped in Scientology than what made it to the screen. That's not surprising. Anderson researched and wrote his script years before it came time to actually lens the thing. It isn't hard to imagine that the sheer fervor he obviously had for Scientology history had waned somewhat by the time he got actors in front of a camera. But one thing's for sure — at one point, Anderson was planning more of a Scientology expose than what ultimately made it to the screen.
We thought we'd do an occasional series about some of the things in Anderson's script that ended up on the cutting room floor (or perhaps, will be restored in the DVD extras). We'll start today with the scenes of Freddie Quell's first meeting with The Master.