Paul Haggis on his exit from the Scientology cult

Oscar-Winning director Paul Haggis has a new movie out, The Next Three Days. Metro asked him about his exit from the Scientology cult:

It’s tempting to read the jailbreak plot of The Next Three Days as a metaphor for Haggis’s escape from Scientology. Is it the sinister cult we all think it is? €˜How would you define sinister?’ he hedges. €˜The philosophy seems fine to me but there was a lot of stuff that I found increasingly disturbing.

€˜The thing is you get inside and you really have this feeling of being in a cocoon and that you’re part of a minority group and that everyone else is out to get you.

€˜There’s a lot of bigotry and intolerance in this world and I saw the organisation — with all its warts, growing pains and problems — as an underdog. And I have always had a thing for underdogs. I’ve always loved the idea of being part of a group that everyone reviled.’

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