Blame Xenu

Get this. Screenwriter J.D. Shapiro has apologized for writing the notorious ‘Battlefield Earth’. Or, at least, he apologized for being partially responsible for it. He claims that the draft of the script he turned in was much better than the final product, which got watered down through rewrites he didn’t participate in. At the same time, he also concedes, “I can’t help but be strangely proud of it. Because out of all the sucky movies, mine is the suckiest.” This is all sorts of awesome.

In the New York Post interview, Shapiro also tells the hilarious story of how he came to write the movie, which all stems from his quest to meet desperate women.

On the one hand, I have a perverse desire to believe it’s possible that someone could have written a good screenplay based on that L. Ron Hubbard sci-fi claptrap. On the other hand, Shapiro is a man who thought it was a good idea to pick up chicks at the Scientology Celebrity Center, which leaves me dubious about his mental condition or intelligence level in the first place.

In any case, even though he doesn’t say anything particularly negative about the religion itself in his interview, I expect that Shapiro will find himself sued into oblivion for in any way implying that anyone or anything associated with it could be imperfect. God save thee, brave soul!


  1. Love it! It reminds me of ‘Best Worst Movie,’ in which the stars of Troll 2 embrace the awful movie they were in. You’ve got to learn to laugh at yourself if you’re gonna make it 🙂

  2. On a side note, Michael Caine refuses to apologize for ‘Jaws the Revenge.’ He says that he’ll take the blame for bad movies he stars in, but since he only worked 10 days on that one, he doesn’t feel responsible.

    It’s a far point, but if I were in Jaws 4, I’d distance myself from it too.

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