We got to spend an enjoyable hour with American comedy legend Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Borat) when he was in town to promote his latest project Religulous. While we talked mainly about the film which he directed (the main interview is in the April issue), a funny, polemical look at the dangers of organised religion in the modern world, inevitably Charles got on to laying down his own views on life, the universe and everything. For this is a film that gets you thinking, and despite it being first thing in the morning and despite the fact he looked like he might rather be in bed (he was wearing a wooly hat, crocs and possibly pyjamas), he still managed to be intimidatingly articulate and knowledgable when it came to the big stuff.
"We know so much more now. At the time of the Bible most of the belief system had been tossed out. The Earth was though to be flat. Now we know more about metaphysics that should be a starting point to explore the unanswered questions: why are we all here, what happened before the Big Bang? All these questions need to be answered and they are not necessarily scientific, but physiological questions, and metaphysically based. They are important questions that need to be answered in terms of our survival as a species, and that’s the dilemma. Either we answer them or we shut it down and destroy ourselves." Believe us, it's funnier than it sounds. Religulous is in cinemas from April 3