Phil Bray
Rob Brunner
September 14, 2012 AT 06:28 PM EDT

Scientologists tried to prevent Paul Thomas Anderson from making The Master, says Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein in a new interview. The director recently acknowledged that the film is partly inspired by the early days of Scientology. “We’ve had pressure and we’ve resisted pressure,” Weinstein told the BBC. “Originally, people said to me, ‘Don’t make it.’ Lots of pressure. And then, as we were making it, we had pressure to change it. Paul’s not doing that and I didn’t think he chose me [to work with] because I was going to acquiesce either.”

The Church of Scientology denied trying to influence Anderson’s film, which opens today.

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