The Rumors and Conspiracy Theories Surrounding "The Master"

Friday, September 14, 2012

It may only be in a small smattering of theatres in New York and L.A. at this point, but “The Master” is already one of the most talked-about movies of the year.

Directed and written by P.T. Anderson, “The Master” centers on a character named Lancaster Dodd, and if you look closely, you’ll find that Dodd looks an awful lot like Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Of course, P.T. Anderson is no stranger to Scientology, or to charlatan characters. Remember Tom Cruise’s motivational leader in “Magnolia”?

Tony Ortega has investigated the world of Scientology for nearly 20 years. He’s the editor-in-chief of the Village Voice.

Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer make up The Takeaway's Movie Date team. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.


Tony Ortega


Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Angel from Miami, FL

Do you know what I call a movie with only a smattering of screens to view it? A video that's always available for rental. I have no trouble waiting for the former.

Sep. 14 2012 10:28 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I'm totally "psyched" to see this movie...I came of age in the late seventies when Scientology, Moonies and other small religious groups were hounding my generation to come to meetings.

There was this one girl whose pants I was trying to get into and she made me go down to the Scientology Main office around 45th street in Manhattan. I had to take this long boring test, watch this short film of people walking on the beach with echoes of someone saying "Lonely" over and over.

By the time, I was done, this pimple faced Scientology salesman / witch doctor said,"You gotta at least buy the book, "Dianetics," you're depressed and not gonna make it. You are suicidal."

I said,"I'm depressed alright because I know I ain't gonna "make it" with Mitzi... I'm outta here... I went and got a hot dog and an Orange Julius. It was the better choice than the book which I destroy whenever I buy a book collection.

Sep. 14 2012 10:23 AM

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