Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief aired on HBO a few Sundays ago, and after all the crazy allegations against Scientology, public Scientologists come out looking pretty bad. Tom Cruise more so than John Travolta, who was portrayed as taking advantage of the church’s cheap labor to customize his cars and home stereo, whereas Travolta was depicted as a prisoner of Scientology, who has to keep toeing the line lest they release unspecified dirt on him.
Travolta recently commented on the film to the Tampa Bay Times, saying he was very happy in the church, and he didn’t seem to whisper “now please don’t poison my dog” or anything.
John Travolta said Monday he hasn’t viewed the HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, currently shining an accusatory light on his church.
“No, I haven’t,” the star of Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction said in a telephone interview, “and I don’t really care to.” […]
“I haven’t experienced anything that the hearsay has (claimed), so why would I communicate something that wasn’t true for me?” Travolta said. “It wouldn’t make sense, nor would it for Tom, I imagine.”
It seems like it’d be hard to know what something is claiming, or that it was hearsay if you haven’t even seen it. But maybe that’s just one of the superpowers you gain at OT level III.
Travolta called Going Clear a product of “people who were disgruntled with their experiences” with Scientology, while the church “has been nothing but brilliant for me.”
“I’ve been so happy with my (Scientology) experience in the last 40 years,” he said, “that I really don’t have anything to say that would shed light on (a documentary) so decidedly negative.
“I’ve been brought through storms that were insurmountable, and (Scientology has) been so beautiful for me, that I can’t even imagine attacking it.”
Travolta, 61, keeps a primary residence in Ocala, often visiting Clearwater for Scientology training at the church’s headquarters. Five days a week, when he isn’t making a movie somewhere too far away to commute.
Has anyone ever unscrambled the letters in “Adele Dazeem?” Maybe Travolta was actually trying to pass on a secret message about how to free whoever is imprisoned in the Scientology center that he’s visiting five days a week. Maybe his Oscars choker was code for “please help me break these gold chains of bondage.”