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In addition to Paul Haggis' first-hand account of his experience with the Church of Scientology, Josh Brolin also opens up in the latest New Yorker about his brief flirtation with the religion.
In what Brolin calls a “moment of real desperation,” he says he visited the Celebrity Centre and received “auditing”—spiritual counseling.
He quickly realized Scientology wasn’t for him and now wonders what the religion does for star members like Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
"Each has a good head on his shoulders, they make great business decisions, they seem to have wonderful families," Brolin tells the New Yorker
. "Is that because they were helped by Scientology?”
Brolin recalls that he once witnessed Travolta practicing Scientology on Marlon Brando at a Los Angeles dinner party.
Brando arrived with a cut on his leg he got after helping a stranded motorist on the Pacific Coast Highway.
After Brando complained he was in pain, Travolta offered to help, saying that he had just reached a new level in Scientology, says Brolin.
He touched Brando’s leg and Brando closed his eyes.
“I watched this process going on—it was very physical,” Brolin tells the New Yorker. “I was thinking, This is really fucking bizarre! Then, after ten minutes, Brando opens his eyes and says, ‘That really helped. I actually feel different!’ ”
Travolta's lawyer calls Brolin's account “pure fabrication.”