Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has revealed that Scientology helped turn him into a better stage performer.
The star of long-running sitcom Seinfeld said his high school auto mechanics teacher introduced him to the religion about 30 years ago and it helped him in his early years of stand-up.
“It was interesting,” Seinfeld told Parade magazine.
“Believe it or not…it’s extremely intellectual and clinical in its approach to problem-solving, which really appealed to me.”
The Bee Movie star, who has not continued with Scientology, said he took “a couple” of Scientology courses and one of them was in communication.
“I learned some things about communication that really got my act going,” said Seinfeld, 53.
“I wasn’t a natural performer at all, so I learned.
“(It) really helped me on stage to understand how you have to invade the space of the audience a little bit.”
The idea of invasion has reportedly preoccupied another student of Scientology of late.
According to tabloid reports, Top Gun star Tom Cruise is planning to build a $10 million bunker underneath his Colorado mansion as a precaution against an alleged intergalactic ruler called Xenu who, Cruise believes, will attack Earth.
But Seinfeld said the faith-based aspects of Scientology did not appeal to him.
“They have a lot of very good technology… and I’m obsessed with technology,” he said.