Paul Haggis‘ latest film, Third Person, opens in the UK Friday. To set the cinematic scene for readers there, Hermione Hoby caught up in New York with the writer-director for a weekend piece in The Telegraph.
Haggis understands that because he remains Scientology’s highest-profile “apostate,” conversations with journalists will inevitably turn to that subject. He rejects the idea that what he did was courageous, and says with time came even more perspective:
“I had no clue how insidious it was until I’d been out for, like, a year. You look back and go, ‘Oh my god.’ I was always an outsider and if it can affect me that much – a cynic and a loner and an outsider – go figure! You have to be really purposefully blind, you have to choose to be blind, and that’s what I was doing and that’s what all my friends were doing.”