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Josh Brolin: Scientology 'Really F**king Bizarre'

First Posted: 02/07/2011 2:35 pm EST Updated: 01/17/2013 12:27 pm EST

There are many celebrity adherents to Scientology -- Josh Brolin isn't one of them.

In a long feature about 'Crash' director and screenwriter Paul Haggis' rejection of his longtime religion, The New Yorker spoke to star Josh Brolin about his brief and unsuccessful run-in with the group.

Running to the religion "in a time of desperation," Brolin says he saw some... interesting things. One of them involved John Travolta "practicing Scientology" on Marlon Brando.

"I watched this process going on--it was very physical," Brolin said. "I was thinking, 'This is really f**ing bizarre! Then, after ten minutes, Brando opens his eyes and says, 'That really helped. I actually feel different!'"

For the record, Travolta denies that it ever happened.

Haggis opens about how, as a troublemaking young man, he felt saved by Scientology, something that stars such as Kirstie Alley attested to, saying that it saved her from cocaine. Haggis, though, says that the Church had a fierce anti-gay slant, something that especially troubled him given both his belief in social justice and the members of the Church that are rumored to be gay.

For so much more on the religion and Haggis' eventual rejection of it, click over to The New Yorker.

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