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Mark Pryor, movie star

Maybe Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., should have realized an on-camera interview with snarky comedian Bill Maher may not go as well as with, say, a fresh-out-of-college reporter at KFSM in Fort Smith.

The rookie may not have known that “indigously” wasn’t a word. Maher just plastered it across the movie screen when Pryor misspoke so that moviegoers could laugh at the senator.

And that’s what viewers did, repeatedly, Wednesday at an advance screening of Maher’s new movie, “Religulous,” at a Washington theater. The screening was open to reporters and members of various secular groups.

Maher and the film’s producers showed no respect for the state’s junior senator, though Pryor was in good company — there wasn’t respect for the world’s religions, either.

Maher’s blistering rebuke of all things religious framed the faithful as buffoons awaiting a false promise of a happy afterlife.

He interviewed Pryor about two years ago while the senator was a chairman of the annual National Prayer Breakfast. The meeting was in Pryor’s office, where his “Arkansas Comes First” sign is featured prominently on his desk.

Maher’s face time with Pryor takes up about two minutes of the 101-minute film, but it was one of the more amusing segments for Washington movie-goers.

Maher poked fun at Pryor’s use of the word “literacy” in describing his views on the gospel: “I do believe in the actual literacy of that story,” Pryor said.

The audience reserved its loudest laughter of the night for the pair’s discussion of the Old Testament account of Adam and Eve and the serpent.

“You’re a senator, you’re one of the very few people who are really running this country. It worries me that people are running my country, who think, who believe in a talking snake,” Maher said.

Pryor’s response: “You don’t have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate though.”

“Religulous” opens in limited release Friday.

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One Response to “Mark Pryor, movie star”

  1. October 4th, 2008 at 7:33 am

    annoyed says:

    How true. You don’t have to pass an IQ test to be in the senate. That is why we are in this bailout mess. Do these clowns not realize what they have done here? I watched the voting and anyone with sense was not listened to. Republicans had a plan that would not cost the voters anything. Instead they knuckle under to those democrat crooks. I hope they are all voted out with ours. Put some common sense back in Washington and get rid of the stinking mess there now. A lot of poor people will be ruined over this. How can they sleep at night?

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