When Janeane Garofalo asked Brad Bird, the director of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, about Tom Cruise at a recent Tribeca Film Festival event, she peppered Bird with allusions to the Scientology documentary Going Clear. Bird called it “a very inside reference,” but Garofalo quickly disagreed.
“Not anymore,” she said. “That documentary … wooo! Going Clear, we could talk about that all day!”
That’s probably not what Tom Cruise or the makers of the next Mission: Impossible film, Rogue Nation, want to hear. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Alex Gibney’s documentary based on the book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright, was a revelation to many and a certain challenge to Cruise, who in recent years has quieted his public advocacy for Scientology.