Ron Jeremy, 53, isn't exactly known as the most faithful Jew on the block. His fame comes from being the most legendary porn star in the adult film industry. He has starred in at least 1,750 porn films--a world record--and claims to have slept with more than 4,000 women. Jeremy says he's "fairly sure" of the existence of God, and that Jews are more accepting of sexual freedom than people of other faiths.
Two years ago Jeremy struck up an unlikely friendship with evangelist Tammy Faye Messner (Bakker), whom he met on the second season of VH1’s "Surreal Life." And recently he participated in a nationwide debate with the anti-porn ministry XXX Church.com in which he argued that porn and faith both have a place in the world. Currently touting his new memoir, "The Hardest Working Man in Showbiz," Jeremy recently spoke with Beliefnet about God's role in a major car accident he had while with comedian Sam Kinison, and why so many Christians are into porn.
Was your family very religious growing up?
No. We're all Jewish. [My family] comes from
So you don't really practice your faith much today.
Not really. Once in a rare while I might go to a synagogue if there's something going on-- like a friend getting bar mitzvahed. But, as in the case of most of my Jewish friends, we're very, very proud to be Jewish. We feel the heritage, and we do enjoy some of the holidays, but we're not really that serious. I was a Reform Jew in the synagogue. We didn't wear yarmulkes or tallits, except during bar mitzvahs and during certain ceremonies.
Years ago you had a major car accident with your friend, comedian and actor Sam Kinison. And right before the accident you were talking about God and religion. Do you believe in God?