Josh Brolin once turned to the Church of Scientology during a time of desperation and recalls a
dinner party in which John Travolta "practiced Scientology" on Marlon
Brando in an article in The New Yorker.
The magazine has published a lengthy account of Oscar-winning screenwriter-director Paul Haggis's rejection of the religion, popular with many celebrities such as Travolta and Tom Cruise, due primarily to its support of the antigay Proposition 8 in California.
One of the people interviewed for the piece is True Grit star Brolin. In the article titled "The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology," The New Yorker states:
Brolin says that he once witnessed John Travolta practicing Scientology. Brolin was at a dinner party in Los Angeles with Travolta and Marlon Brando. Brando arrived with a cut on his leg, and explained that he had injured himself while helping a stranded motorist on the Pacific Coast Highway. He was in pain. Travolta offered to help, saying that he had just reached a new level in Scientology. Travolta touched Brando’s leg and Brando closed his eyes. “I watched this process going on — it was very physical,” Brolin recalls. “I was thinking, This is really fucking bizarre! Then, after ten minutes, Brando opens his eyes and says, ‘That really helped. I actually feel different!’”
A representative for Travolta told The New Yorker that Brolin's story is “pure fabrication.”