Posted on Saturday, August 18th, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
Bill Maher revealed to Larry King that the documentary he filmed with Larry Charles (Borat) might be called “Religulous,”Â a combination of religion and ridiculous. The film follows Bill Maher’s take on the current state of world religion, which is clearly an Agnostic view. We don’t know much else, because, well – no one has seen the footage yet.
“I hope people laugh. We’ve shown ten minutes. That’s all we have so far, we’re still cutting it together. But the ten minutes we’ve shown, and I’ve seen it shown to audiences twice, they laugh so hard because the topic of religion is just so inherently funny. I mean, politicians are funny because they promise things that they can never deliver on. And the gap between what they promise and what they deliver is great fun for humor – for people like Mark Twain to people of our own day have demonstrated. What religious people promise: Your own planet? [Laughs] C’mon, that’s a little beyond social security!”
The film which had the working title A Spiritual Journey, was filmed around the world.
“We talked to everybody. We went everywhere. We went to every place where there is religion. We went to Vatican City. We went to Jerusalem. We went to Salt Lake City. And I think I’ve insulted everybody!” Maher said win a big grin.
Maher says that they were given amazing access to a lot of locations which have never been filmed before including the Wailing Wall, the dome of the rock, and even inside the Vatican.
“We found out that even though the sign says you’re not allowed to enter here, there are so many tourists and now-a-days when you make a documentary like this it’s so much guerrilla shooting that you don’t have a big crew. You just pretend your tourists and shoot and then you can make a movie.”
And while nothing has been officially announced by Lionsgate, Maher’s current plan is to release the film on Easter.
“I’d like it out right around the time people are celebrating the space man flying up to heaven.”
Hey, it worked for The Matrix…