DIARY: Bowfinger on pulse of weird religions

Will Bowfinger, a new Steve Martin-Eddie Murphy comedy opening this Friday, open up a Pandora’s Box of PR problems for Universal by tweaking the Church of Scientology?

Will Bowfinger, a new Steve Martin-Eddie Murphy comedy opening this Friday, open up a Pandora’s Box of PR problems for Universal by tweaking the Church of Scientology?

Will Bowfinger, a new Steve Martin-Eddie Murphy comedy opening this

Friday, open up a Pandora’s Box of PR problems for Universal by tweaking

the Church of Scientology?



The Martin-penned film satirizes Hollywood spirituality through a cult

called Mind Head, whose Hollywood devotees wear pyramid-like white

hats.



People who have seen the film are describing the group as a direct

mockery of Scientology and its backers.



Given Scientology’s regard among Hollywood megastars - including dollars

20 million men Tom Cruise and John Travolta - is Martin starting a fight

he can’t finish? And will Universal endanger its relationship with these

stars through its association with the film?



Martin insists that no specific harm is intended. ’I view (Mind Head) as

a pastiche of things I’ve seen through the years,’ he said. ’Scientology

gets a lot of credit or blame right now, because they’re the hottest

one.’



The Church of Scientology, apparently, is buying Martin’s

explanation.



’I spoke to the people at Universal, and they assure me that the movie

is not about the Church of Scientology,’ said spokeswoman Janet

Weiland.



’I have to believe them.’



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