An HBO documentary about the Church of Scientology called “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” is set to be released in movie theaters Friday, March 13. In it, Alex Gibney shines a spotlight on the organization that developed a “religion” from fictional works written by L. Ron Hubbard. He focuses a great deal on the organization’s most well-known celebrity spokesperson: Tom Cruise.
Gibney supposedly reveals evidence of the Church of Scientology harming Cruise’s life without him realizing it. It is rumored that there are sections of the film that show Scientologists purposely destroying both of Cruise’s marriages.
In some many countries, the Church of Scientology is recognized as a church. In many more, it is recognized as a cult. Beyond their cult status, Scientologists are well-known for looking down on people of other faiths. They also eschew many forms of modern medicine, including psychiatric treatment and emergency hospital treatment.
Many fans and critics of Tom Cruise are now wondering if the documentary will severely harm the 52-year-old actor’s career since it shows him in a less than mentally healthy light. Some people believe that Cruise’s career, which has been highly successful, would have been more so if he was not linked with Scientology.
Since leadership of the Church of Scientology are extremely well-known for suing anyone who criticizes their faith, HBO hired 160 lawyers to review the film and practice higher education customer service, while preparing for inevitable backlash.