Paul Haggis recently split from the Church of Scientology and has been feeling the heat ever since. My interview with him at the Bell Lightbox in Toronto mid January came with one warning: “No questions about Scientology!” Guess what?! He brought it up, with a little bit of prodding on my part! He didn’t like some of the stuff going on in the church so he left. The dude’s a brave cat who isn’t easily scared. I’m glad I got the chance to interview him, my 2nd in as many years, I get inspired when I talk to smart, kind and focused folks and he’s one of them! He’s still about making movies and helping those who can’t readily help themselves, hence, his Artist Through Peace and Justice organization. He’s not showy or self important but he is super smart and ready to roll up his sleeves and help. Hats off to you Paul Haggis for stepping out on your own and doing what you believe is right-you maverick, you! Now, I have to re-watch the Academy Award winning movie Crash and get a dose of his movie making genius all over again!!