Over the weekend, notorious Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard celebrated what would have been his 100th birthday. The former science-fiction writer (born March 13, 1911) founded the religion Scientology in 1952 as a successor to his self-help series, 'Dianetics.'
Since then, Scientology has gone mainstream with the aid of big-name celebrity believers like Tom Cruise and John Travolta. But while Scientology's association with movie stars has gained it publicity, it's also revealed outlandish, dangerous and cult-ish aspects that leave many wondering how famous actors and actresses could still choose to be involved with the church.
Moviefone talked to Village Voice editor-in-chief and Scientology expert Tony Ortega (who's written numerous articles about Scientology) about the intense connection between Scientology and celebrity and why so many movie stars follow Hubbard's bizarre ways.