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David Miscavige was counting on Battlefield Earth to produce a wave of new interest in Hubbard and Scientology
Source: Trump is drawing comparisons to L. Ron, but will Hillary favor Scientology as much as Bill did?In 2000, Travolta’s disastrous adaptation of Hubbard’s 1982 novel, Battlefield Earth, become a box office laughingstock. Former Scientology officials Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder have described how much church leader David Miscavige was counting on the film, and Travolta, to produce a wave of new interest in Hubbard and Scientology. But after the movie bombed, Miscavige suddenly pretended he’d had nothing to do with it, and Travolta permanently lost favor with him.