Do you remember Battlefield Earth? I know, you’re trying to forget you ever saw it, and just reading the title here is probably causing you anxiety. It is an abysmal movie, of course, but did you know that it’s your own fault that you didn’t understand just how good it is. John Travolta has no regrets about making it. In fact, he thinks “it’s a beautiful film. It’s a good movie,” and he says “if we had to do it over again, I would still do it.” He feels audiences were so wrapped up in reading Scientology into the story that they missed the point. Travolta insists that Battlefield Earth has nothing to do with Scientology, and audiences “did that with Phenomenon, too, and Phenomenon is really the story of Jesus Christ. It’s not Scientology!”
So there: it’s not Travolta’s fault that the movie bombed, and it has nothing to do with Scientology, even though it was based on a novel written by the church’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and despite the fact that the movie’s production was overseen and micro-managed by Scientology leader David Miscavige.