Movie star Russell Crowe almost became a Scientologist when he first
arrived in Hollywood, reading books about the celebrity religion and watching
The OSCAR winner has always been interested in different faiths - even
though he was never christened - and tells his Cinderella Man co-star PAUL
GIAMATTI in America's INTERVIEW magazine he dabbled with Tom Cruise's
He recalls, "I read DIANETICS by L RON HUBBARD (Scientology founder), I
got a couple of videos, and I took it all in.
"It just seems like a religion that is perfect for people who feel like
they need a grounding, who feels that the world has run off on them. I've
discussed this with Scientologists, and they don't disagree.
"With any of these religions, as long as the heart and soul is positive,
then to me it's all good."
In the interview, Crowe also tells Giamatti that he once dabbled with the
Baha'i faith when he was growing up.