Case Closed: Paul Thomas Anderson's Script for The Master is Nothing But Scientology UPDATE: The New Trailer!

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Former Scientologist Marc Headley, who first revealed to the Voice in 2009 that Tom Cruise talked to ashtrays and beverage bottles as part of his Scientology training, has a stunning article in the Daily Beast today that settles, once and for all, what Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master is all about.

As Headley proves conclusively, it's about Scientology, from beginning to end.

Headley grew up in Scientology, and in 2005 escaped from its secretive International Base east of Los Angeles. His 2009 book, Blown For Good, was one of the first to blow the lid off the culture of violence at the base and the culture of intimidation and interrogation perpetuated by church leader David Miscavige...

Who better to investigate this whole Master debate than a former Scientologist? I received Scientology counseling from Tom Cruise himself. I've already had private investigators follow me and dig through my garbage--what else could they do?

The Daily Beast acquired for Headley a copy of Anderson's script for the movie due to be released in October (we've already had a couple of sneak peeks at the film), and Headley was able to compare its entire screenplay against what he knows of Scientology's history.

(He admits, of course, that the film could be substantially different from the script he was given. But one of the scenes in the script, he says, was preserved in the second teaser trailer that we've seen.)

Headley goes down 22 major comparison points between the script and actual Scientology history. You should go to the Daily Beast to read that comparison, but we'll pull out just a few to show you how close the comparison is.

Hubbard, Headley writes, "Claimed to have written the book The Dark Sword, Excalibur before Dianetics -- after suffering crippling injuries during World War II. Excalibur was said to contain revolutionary and explosive information on the mind so powerful that Hubbard chose not to publish it. The manuscript is reportedly lost and never found."

Headley finds in the script, "Lancaster Dodd" (the Hubbard character played by Philip Seymour Hoffman), "writes the book The Dark Shadow, Split Saber before writing The Cause -- after suffering serious injuries during World War II. Split Saber contains revolutionary and explosive information on the mind and is so powerful, out of the eight men who read it, four die and the other four disappear. Dodd never publishes it, but a single copy is said to be hidden in a secret location only Dodd is aware of."

(This is particularly delicious for those of us who study Hubbard's history -- in fact, Hubbard told anyone who would listen in the late '40s that his "Excalibur" manuscript was so potent it would either drive readers insane or kill them. Of course, it's never surfaced, and you would be forgiven if you suspected he never wrote a word of it.)

Headley says that Hubbard "owned and operated a former cattle trawler named the Apollo, where the Scientology group, the Sea Org, operates and manages Scientology operations." While the script has Dodd sail "a former cattle trawler called the Aletheia, which he operates his spiritual group The Cause from."

And we'll choose just one more. In real life, Headley reminds us, "According to Hubbard, the solar system has been occupied repeatedly -- and sometimes concurrently -- by multiple invader forces. They were discussed in detail in a 1952 lecture, "The Role of Earth," in which Hubbard described the conflict between the Fourth Invader Force (already occupying the solar system) and the Fifth Invader Force."

And in the script: "While Dodd continues to interrogate the stowaway, he asks him if he 'is a member of the Ninth Battle Battalion or any other invader force, space stations or communication depots on this planet or anywhere else'."

Isn't that precious?

Wow, I can't believe how badly I want to see this film!



See also:
What Katie is saving Suri from: Scientology interrogation of kids
Scientology's new defections: Hubbard's granddaughter and Miscavige's dad
Scientology's disgrace: our open letter to Tom Cruise
Scientology crumbling: An entire mission defects as a group
Scientology leader David Miscavige's vanished wife: Where's Shelly?

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As for hot subjects we've covered here, you may have heard about Debbie Cook, the former church official who rebelled and was sued by Scientology. You might have also heard about the Super Power Building, Scientology's "Mecca," whose secrets were revealed here. We also reported how Scientology spied on its own most precious object, Tom Cruise. (We wrote Tom an open letter that he has yet to respond to.) Have you seen a Scientology ad on TV lately? We debunked some of the claims in that 2-minute commercial you might have seen while watching Glee or American Idol.

Other stories have looked at Scientology's policy of "disconnection" that is tearing families apart. You may also have heard something about the Sea Org experiences of the Paris sisters, Valeska and Melissa, and their friend Ramana Dienes-Browning. We've also featured Paulette Cooper, who wrote about Scientology back in the day, and Janet Reitman, Hugh Urban, and the team at the Tampa Bay Times, who write about it today. And there's plenty more coming.


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JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

How fun! Saw much in this trailer that correlates it is based upon Hubbard and scientology. Love Nib's character  clip there :)  Continued R I P, Ron DeWolf,  your third round has begun!

all.clear
all.clear

It just occurred to me that PSH was in MI:3. Maybe he got a bad taste in his mouth for $cn on that set sincerity was filmed at the height of Cruise's public meltdowns. If you watch that movie again you'll see the Cruise crazy stare fully employed in every scene. Either way I'm so happy to see past TC collaborators sticking their necks out to shine light on the insanity that is LRH.

LordXenu
LordXenu

All this was short of is "What are your crimes?" :)

media_lush
media_lush

Micheal K's take on this:

 

Here's the full trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" which is totally not about the alien voodoo that is Scientology, but is TOTALLY about the alien voodoo that is Scientology. Joaquin Phoenix has finally shaved away the crazy and brushed away the fuckery to get back to doing real acting shit. Joaquin plays a boozed up mess who is stumbling through life without any kind of purpose until he meets Philip Seymour Hoffman'scharacter, a writer and nuclear physicist who is the leader of a new religious organization.

Page Six says that since Tommy Girl was in Magnolia, PTA screened the movie to see how the High Priestess of Scientology felt about it. Tommy had "issues" with it and by that he means he found the entire movie...."glib." Philip Seymour Hoffman said before that the movie isn't about Scientology. Please. The only way this movie could be more about Scientology is if there was 100% more man-on-man action, a dance number starring John Travolta backed up by the Scientology glory hole chorus boys and a cameo by Kirstie Alley as an intergalactic overlord. Please tell me there's a cameo by Kirstie Alley as an intergalactic overlord.

 

as I mentioned before - I think this supposed screening for Cruise is an urban myth - it does;t even sound believable.

 

LordXenu
LordXenu

I think I need to see this film as much as I need food and water to live. :)

SmallChange
SmallChange

I looked it up. It's another self-help organization. I wonder if they will eventually get religious status for taxes, lol.

fileclerk
fileclerk

I wonder why Anderson didn't just use Hubbard's name and the actual facts?  The reality is devastating.  Fiction kind of takes the edge off.

 

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

This is going to be a good movie, I can tell already.

Also, it's going to be the first, but not the last big movie

that "is not about Scientology". Oh, the sound of thunders.

SvenBoogie
SvenBoogie

Either something happened to the comment system, or this previously busy comment section completely died.

 

Plotinus
Plotinus

I'm just giving up on my avatar.  I've logged in and out a dozen times.  No avatar.  But that's OK, I don't really care.

Deckard_Cain
Deckard_Cain

I can only imagine the pint sized tantrum that Tom Cruise threw when he saw this movie.  The press statement said something benign like he had 'issues' with the movie, but you KNOW that he only had 'issues' like Lindsay Lohan was really 'exhausted' the last time 911 was called.  I would bet money that he threw a movie star sized fit.

 

I wonder if he was so bold to bring Miscavige with him to the viewing.

villagedianne
villagedianne

Is that Overboarding I saw at about 2:13 into the trailer??!!!

ivanmapother
ivanmapother

Did I just hear the word cult in that trailer? Boy oh boy, is someone gonna get it now.

BosonStark
BosonStark

Not since ET made bicycles fly, will I get as much wish fulfillment as seeing someone standing up to Hubbard (okay, Lancaster Dodd), with other cult members around and say:

"Good science by matter of definition allows for a difference of opinion, otherwise you merely have the will of one man, which is the basis of a cult."

Did that one fly over Cruise's head, that that is exactly what Scientology is? Surely, if he missed that, he got the "attack the attacker" part?

Arthur
Arthur

Here's a bit of news:  The Church of Scientology is hiding their "Grade Chart". They have removed it from their website and it looks like they've issued DMCA takedowns for all the images they can find on the web.  What are they hiding?  Why?

Couch_Incident
Couch_Incident

Good catch on the Phoenix family membership in Children of God.  Google "David Berg" and "Children of God" to get to xfamily dot org

 

They describe Flirty Fishing as follows:

"Flirty Fishing was a subset of The Family's love bombing activities and involved the use of sexual attraction and intercourse to win converts and favors. Female members were told to be "God's whores" and "hookers for Jesus", and soon after its launch as a method of witnessing, sex was given to complete strangers in combination with a request for a "donation", or for a required fee in line with Escort Servicing (ESing) or freelance ESing. FFing and prostitution was widely used as a way to raise money for the cult and resulted in many of the second generation births (known as "Jesus Babies"). Internal Family records from 1988 indicate that over 223,000 "fish" were loved sexually between 1978 and 1988."

 

AIDS brought that to an end (along with getting chased out of the US).

 

[Chocolate Velvet - as you picked up Lana, I had to get Archer.  ("Lana?  Lana?" "What!?"  "You're in the Danger Zone!")]

 

Plotinus
Plotinus

What, it's making me load pages of 50 comments, rather than the previous 100!

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

We in RTC just looked out of the window during our surprise inspection of ASHO and saw the new red IAS chariot going down LRH Way.  We watched as it turned right and then turned left. Very curious.

 

In any event, "The Master" is already being savaged by thousands of movie critics. Writing in the award-winning Freedom Magazine, movie critic and journalist Jim Lynch panned "The Master" as nothing more than a "wog hater film that should be burned and its cast and crew arrested and jailed for felony entheta." 

 

We in RTC could not agree more.

HappyJack
HappyJack

 @hubbonon  I gather not too many folks here know much about PTA or his films. He doesn't make bullshit Hollywood films. He's only made a handful of films and he's already being compared to Kubrick and Terence Malick. I'm surprised by the obvious references to $cn, he's usually less obvious.

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

 @SvenBoogie There is a technical transition from Disqus to Lyvefire.

Give it about 48 hours to settle.

ClamInAHalfshell
ClamInAHalfshell

 @Plotinus There doesn't seem to be a usable edit feature for the account. Me no likey. I'm back to posting anonymously. 

SvenBoogie
SvenBoogie

 @Deckard_Cain Just curious, did you make it over to comment on that latest bit of tripe at forbes yet? I wanted to point out a few bits of info you might want to mention to the hapless author.

collon88
collon88

 @ivanmapother 

The one line definition of cult is the best characteristic common to all cults that I have ever heard.

jonhendry
jonhendry

 @BosonStark ""Good science by matter of definition allows for a difference of opinion, otherwise you merely have the will of one man, which is the basis of a cult.""

 

Something about that statement rubs me wrong. There's a limit to how far science will tolerate a difference of opinion. The opinions need to be backed up with data. If all the data available so far overwhelmingly supports one of the vying opinions, that opinion wins, and the others lose credibility. 

 

If that was based on Campbell's statement that SvenBoogie mentions, it seems something was lost when they were filing off the serial numbers, because Campbell's statement doesn't have the same flaw.

SvenBoogie
SvenBoogie

 @BosonStark Found it:

 

"Hubbard's former publicist, John Campbell, had accused him of increasing authoritarianism and dogmatism in an independent Dianetic newsletter, writing that "In a healthy and growing science, there are many men who are recognized as being competent in the field, and no one man dominates the work .... To the extent Dianetics is dependent on one man, it is a cult. To the extent it is built on many minds and many workers, it is a science." 

 

Source: "A Piece Of Blue Sky" http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Library/Shelf/atack/bs3-4.htm

SvenBoogie
SvenBoogie

 @BosonStark Actually, that is a reference to a real statement made about Hubbard by one of his former partners. I recognized it immediately as I just read it in one of the books about him the other day. I'm looking for it now and I'll post the exact quote in a moment.

 

Califa
Califa

 @Arthur

 Maybe in anticipation of GAT II and new tech being released at the Maiden Voyage???

bobbeeheehee
bobbeeheehee

 @Couch_Incident  A much worse sexual teaching of The Children of God cult is it taught fathers should have sex with daughters while they were children. There was supposed to be something "holy" about the practice of incestuous sexual abuse of minors. Apparently, top ranking Children of God members were involved in this practice. That's the same cult Fleetwood Mac's early guitarist Peter Green disappeared into when he left the band & subsequently left his sanity behind for a long while. It's also the cult my Dad's boss's two sons joined in the '70s.  He disinherited them, being sure his estate would simply end up in the hands of the cult otherwise.

 

Couch_Incident
Couch_Incident

Grrr... No avatar.   I've got to stop reading this blog - I'm supposed to be working!

Deckard_Cain
Deckard_Cain

 @NormGraham This story is just so tragic.  How many more people have to die before the authorities get off their litigation-phobia ass and do something about these killing factories?

 

It's moments like this that I just want to throw this story into Marty Rathbun's face and ask him, "how can you actually think that this shit works??  How dare you call yourself a human being when you defend Narconon as having value??"  

PeggyToo
PeggyToo

 @NormGraham

 Holy crap!!! Is this the place where they do the mega-dose vitamins and sauna crap to detox someone???  20 years old, unbelieveable and 3 deaths this year.

anonymooseme
anonymooseme

 @OTVIIIisGrrr8! I hope you are kidding or being sarcastic here because if not, you have to be about the biggest idiot and moron ever to post on a message board.  Seriously, speak English.  Entheta means nothing. It's a made up word coined by a con man. RTC, ASHO, IAS are MADE UP OFFICES OR DEPARTMENTS IN A PHONY RELIGION BASED ON A CON MAN'S SCI FI BOOK.

LRH was  con man,psycho, and schizo. 

Please for the love of God, quit embarrassing yourself.  You are a fool.

Plotinus
Plotinus

 @Couch_Incident The avatars apparently take a long times, like hours.  Maybe someone is personally reviewing each one.  Who knows.

PeggyToo
PeggyToo

 @NormGraham

 Such a beautiful girl. Dear Lord please let something be done about this.

SvenBoogie
SvenBoogie

 @Peggy2ronjo  @NormGraham  Yep, specifically niacin, which has been proven to have potentially deadly effects at extremely high doses. But let's ignore that, cause they are a 'religion,' and we want to be nice and stuff.... =/

Plotinus
Plotinus

 @anonymooseme   

 

Have you ever had the joy of reading Freedom Magazine?  It's precious.

Are_sics
Are_sics

 @anonymooseme  @OTVIIIisGrrr8! I was about to say you must be new 'round these parts....

 

Understandable.  OTVIIisGrr8! is freaking Spinal Tap quality.  He's that good.  Let's celebrate his awesomeness!

stakoko
stakoko

 @anonymooseme If anyone care...my last nick was KOKI RAKI.....but this new thing ,just change it.......dont like this.....

anonymooseme
anonymooseme

 @Peggy2ronjo 

OK, my bad.  When I see someone slinging around the stupid language and lingo of the sci freaks I want to puke.

So stupid and so lame.

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