John Travolta

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief—a critical documentary from director Alex Gibney, based on Lawrence Wright’s book—recently debuted on HBO, drawing negative attention to the controversial religion. John Travolta—a prominent member of the church, alongside Tom Cruise—addressed the film and defended the church, in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times.

Travolta revealed that he hasn’t and doesn’t plan on seeing the film, and proceeded to explain that said he won’t be speaking out against the church, as some of its critics have prompted him to do. “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.”

On the contrary, the actor said that his experience has been positive. “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.”

Travolta said that Scientology has helped him persevere through difficult times, such as the 2009 death of his son, Jett. “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.”

He added that he’s also used Scientology to help others.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
2015 documentary
  • Movie
  • 120 minutes