Scientologists tried to dissuade Paul Thomas Anderson from making his new film "The Master," according to Harvey Weinstein, the co-chairman of the Weinstein Company.

The director recently acknowledged that the film is partly inspired by the early days of Scientology.

"We've had pressure and we've resisted pressure," Weinstein told the BBC. "Originally, people said to me, 'Don't make it.' Lots of pressure. And then, as we were making it, we had pressure to change it. Paul's not doing that and I didn't think he chose me (to work with) because I was going to acquiesce either."

The article appeared in Entertainment Weekly, which didn't offer details of who was doing the pressuring, or how it was being done. And I don't want to speculate. And it has nothing to do with being scared of being sued.

The Church of Scientology denied trying to influence Anderson's film, which opened Friday, according to EW. The film opens in the Bay Area Sept. 21.

Contact Tony Hicks at thicks@bayareanewsgroups .com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks.



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