The New York Daily News reports that Tom Cruise has taken issue with Paul Thomas Anderson's kind-of-sort-of Scientology film The Master, specifically with its implication that L. Ron Hubbard made up the tenets of the religion. The sequence in questions has been described as follows:
According to our insider, one scene that didn’t sit well with Cruise takes place on a patio where Joaquin Phoenix, who plays Freddie Sutton, a troubled drifter who becomes Dodd’s right-hand disciple, watches Dodd pontificate about the religion he has created.
During the scene, the source says, another character close to the founder turns to Phoenix and says of Dodd, “You know he’s making it up as he goes along.”
Referring to the actual Church of Scientology, our source says, “Tom Cruise’s people are grumbling about this line — amongst others — but Anderson is not taking it out.”
It'll be fascinating to see how the Scientology community reacts to The Master as its October 12 release draws near. The films stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, a Hubbard-esque figure who founds a Scientology-like religion in the 1950's. Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie Sutton, Dodd's right-hand man, while Amy Adams has a small role as Dodd's wife.