John Travolta Defends ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Brilliant’ Church of Scientology
Travolta has not seen the film and will not be seeing the film.
“No, I haven’t” seen the film, “and I don’t really care to,” Travolta said in a phone interview with the Tampa Bay Times while promoting his new movie The Forger.
“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 [Cruise], I imagine.”
Going Clear, is directed by Alex Gibney, and based on Lawrence Wright’s similarly titled book alleging improprieties in Scientology, including physical abuse and blackmail using members’ confessions against them.
Travolta insists that Gibney’s documentary is simply the result of “people who were disgruntled with their experiences” with Scientology, adding that the church had “been nothing but brilliant for me.”
“I’ve been so happy with my [Scientology] experience in the last 40 years,” the 61-year-old actor said, “that I really don’t have anything to say that would shed light on [a documentary] so decidedly negative.”
Travolta said that after the death of his son Jett in 2009, Scientology provided a “beautiful” community of support.
“Oh, my god, I wouldn’t have made it – honestly,” Travolta said of the assistance he received from the church. He also said that he has put his religion to good use in helping others through hard times.
“I’ve helped so many people through hard times,” Travolta said. “Loss of children, loved ones, physical illnesses. Through many tough, tough life situations I’ve used the technology to support them and help them. It’s always worked.”
He went on to say, “So, why would I even approach a negative perspective? That would be a crime to me, personally, to do that.”
Since the airing of the documentary, much fun has been made of certain aspects of the documentary, including a music video that the church made. Here is Saturday Night Live’s spoof on the video.