Scientology documentary: Director Alex Gibney explains why the church appeals to aspiring actors.

Why Scientology Appeals to Aspiring Actors

Why Scientology Appeals to Aspiring Actors

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Jan. 27 2015 5:00 PM

Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright Explain Why Scientology Appeals to Aspiring Actors

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05: General view of the Church of Scientology community center in the neighborhood of South Los Angeles on June 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

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Going Clear, director Alex Gibney’s film adaptation of Laurence Wright’s bestselling book about the Church of Scientology, was one of the most anticipated premieres of Sundance. But it’s not the only recent film to look at the checkered history of the church—P.T. Anderson’s The Master was widely understood to be a fictionalized portrait of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

In the second part of our interview with Gibney and Wright, we asked them what they thought of The Master—they were fans—and they explained why the church appeals to aspiring actors.

Slate Sessions video edited by Rob Naylor. Interview booked by Raquel Bruno. Executive produced by Ayana Morali.