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Haggis 'worried' about Scientology backlash

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Paul Haggis

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Filmmaker Paul Haggis has admitted that he was worried when he left the Church of Scientology.

The Next Three Days director quit the organisation after it backed Proposition 8, the bill which banned gay marriage in California.

Haggis told Metro: "Was I worried there would be a backlash? Yes. Did I hesitate? No. I love the people who are brave enough to speak out when everyone, even their friends, are saying to them, 'You're crazy, what are you doing?'"

Asked if Scientology was a 'sinister cult', he added: "How would you define sinister? The philosophy seems fine to me but there was a lot of stuff that I found increasingly disturbing.

"The thing is you get inside and you really have this feeling of being in a cocoon and that you're part of a minority group and that everyone else is out to get you."

Haggis continued: "There's a lot of bigotry and intolerance in this world and I saw the organisation - with all its warts, growing pains and problems - as an underdog. And I have always had a thing for underdogs. I've always loved the idea of being part of a group that everyone reviled."

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