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
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
The Church of Scientology, apparently, is buying Martin’s
’I spoke to the people at Universal, and they assure me that the movie
is not about the Church of Scientology,’ said spokeswoman Janet
’I have to believe them.’