Former Scientologist says 'The Master' is based on L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology
Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson has been pretty mum on whether his new movie, The Master, is really about L. Ron Hubbard, but one former member of Scientology's Sea Org says it most definitely is, based on the screenplay he's read. Was it how Phillip Seymour Hoffman's character gave someone a personality test or his requirement they sign up for the Cause for 3 billion years that gave it away?
Marc Headley, who wrote the book Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology, wrote on The Daily Beast that he read an early draft of the screenplay (he can't guarantee it was the final version) and says he found so many similiarities between Hubbard and Hoffman's Lancaster Dodd, there can be no question. Why else would Anderson screen The Master for Tom Cruise in private?
Headley noted both Hubbard and the fictional Dodd sailed four-masted schooners and cattle trawlers, wrote books "addressing harmful past memories that affectpeople in their current life" and unpublished works that contained "revolutionary and explosive information on the mind so powerful" they never saw a printing press, believed "prenatal experiences can cause one to behave irrationally and erasing these can make one happier," operated counseling centers in Phoenix as centers to their religions open nationwide, recorded their lectures for future students, referred to their philosophies as the "religion of religions," were injured grievously in World War II, give a series of lectures called the "Unification Congress, bought mansions in England to educate adherents and distrusted the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association and Central Intelligence Agenc. And those are just a few of the ones Headley told us about.
In response to speculation the movie is about Hubbard and Scientology, the church responded only "No one in the church has seen the film, and we have no comment," according to the site. You can watch the trailer for The Master above and decide for yourself. It can't be any more depressing than There Will Be Blood.