HBO’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief documentary is openly critical of Scientology, which has some high-profile celebrities among its believers.
John Travolta is one of those believers, and he’s standing by it.
In a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times, the actor said he isn’t interested in seeing the documentary.
“I’ve been so happy with my (Scientology) experience in the last 40 years that I really don’t have anything to say that would shed light on (a documentary) so decidedly negative,” he said.
In fact, he credits Scientology with helping him deal with his son Jett’s fatal seizure in 2009.
“Oh, my God, I wouldn’t have made it. Honestly,” he said.
“I haven’t experienced anything that the hearsay has (claimed), so why would I communicate something that wasn’t true for me? It wouldn’t make sense, nor would it for Tom (Cruise), I imagine,” Travolta added.
There’s a spotlight on Tom Cruise in the documentary, which is based on a book by Lawrence Wright. Supposedly, Cruise hasn’t been in contact with his 8-year-old daughter Suri in months, and his ex-wife Katie Holmes is “very concerned” about the Church’s influence over him, according to ET. Cruise hasn’t commented on the rumors.
The Church of Scientology is adamantly against Going Clear, insisting that its full of lies. Their official statement reads, “In two hours this film racks up more falsehoods, errors, embellished tales and blatant omissions than were committed by Rolling Stone, Brian Williams, and Bill O’Reilly combined. By our calculation, the film on average includes at least one major error every two minutes.”
Alleged former Scientology members are cited in the documentary, claiming that physical and mental abuse, as well as blackmailing, were rampant within the Church.