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The Blue Raja
Jeff, featured in the movie Mystery Men
The Blue Raja is not Muslim.
[Timecode: 48 minutes, 7 seconds. The Mystery Men (the Shoveller, the Blue Raja, and Mr. Furious) have just recruited three new members: The Spleen, Invisible Boy and the Bowler. The Bowler (whose real name is Carol) is completely unfamiliar with the team. As they drive in a car en route to rescue captive superhero Captain Amazing from the villain Cassanova Frankenstein, the Bowler asks the Blue Raja about his background.]
The Bowler (Carol): So, you're a British man who converted to Islam, sort of like Cat Stevens?
[The Bowler thinks that the Blue Raja is British because he speaks with a phony British accent. He wears a costume reminescent of a raja (or rajah) from India. The Blue Raja is, in fact, American. He does not speak with a British accent when he is at home with his mother, but he always speaks with an accent when he is in public as the Blue Raja. Jeff's code-name is sometimes spelled "The Blue Rajah."]
The Blue Raja (Jeff): No. Until the early part of this century, India was in fact part of the British Empire, whose government there was called the British Raj, after the Hindi word for "sovereignty." Furthermore--
The Bowler (Carol): Wait. So sorry-- [The Bowler interrupts the Blue Raja's explanation. She opens her bowling ball bag and looks down into it at the skull embedded in her bowling ball. She talks to it.] What? . . . Dad! No! He's not a Commie or a "fruit." [Looks up again to speak to the Blue Raja and the other heroes in the car.] Sorry. His ignorance embarrases me.
[Everybody in the car looks at the Bowler as if she is very strange.]
The Blue Raja (Jeff): Sorry, but am I to understand you've inserted your father's skull inside that ball for bowling?
The Bowler (Carol): No. The guy at the pro shop did it.
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