• Sun, Aug 16 2009

Brad Pitt on Bill Maher (videos)

I had wanted to post the video clips of Brad Pitt’s interview on Bill Maher’s show sooner but it was hard to find any that weren’t being removed almost immediately! So far these two seem to be sticking around, so let’s hope they don’t get pulled down.

The first clip:

Brad comes out to thunderous applause after Bill shows the trailer for Inglourious Basterds, which is no surprise is it? I like that Bill talks briefly to Brad about the movie, but then moves straight on to his work with Make It Right. He made a very strong point of making it clear that while the hurricane itself was “an act of God” (with both of them joking around about that as well), the resulting disaster was man-made, that the hurricane should not have had that kind of effect on the city. He said that if the levies had been taken care of properly it wouldn’t have been so devastating and there’s a responsibilty to help fix that – hence to make it right.

I also enjoyed hearing Brad explaining what architecture is in his words.

Second segment of Brad’s appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher” below the cut!

The second clip:

I had a good laugh when Bill said that Brad uses his celebrity to help raise awareness for important issues and asked, “isn’t that why you’re on the show?” and Brad laughed and replied, “I’m not sure WHY I’m on this show!” He then joked that he loves the show and it’s one of his favorites but you either have to be brave or stupid to come on it.

Bill brought up the comment Brad made on the Today Show interview about “no religion” and Brad briefly explained it in context for anyone who had missed it, re-iterating the “no religion, legalization and taxation of pot, pro-gay marriage” platform, then added it was also known as the “Bill Maher going straight to hell” platform.

However, Bill did ask Brad to clarify his “no religion” stance. I’m hesitant to even bring it up because discussing religion is just really precarious and it can turn ugly very quickly, but I was impressed that Brad didn’t back down and explained his issues with religion. He started off by saying that he was brought up with religion but that it was something that just never made much sense to him. He added that he never wanted to step on anyone’s toes for whatever their own beliefs were though, but he explained that once he became aware of defining lines where certain religious groups refuse to allow others to live the way they choose (such as gay marriage) he had more trouble with it. He said (after joking that he was addressing the three Christians who actually watch Bill’s show), “You have to check what country you’re living in because the freedom that allows you to practice your religion is the same freedom you’re stepping on, so it’s not right.”

I’m sure that’s going to get drummed up for a good long time!

Then Bill went on to discuss pot, saying Brad’s performance in True Romance was in the top two stoner performances ever, then said although he’s a great actor, it seemed to come “from home”. Brad acknowledged that he’s had his day but that nowadays smoking marijuana just turns him into “a donut”. Bill also commented on a time he saw Brad back in the day, and that he used to roll the perfect joint. Brad’s response was practically classic: “I’m an artist.” When Bill asked him why he gave that up, Brad explained he’s a dad now and needs to be alert.

I also laughed – probably because it’s just so much my type of humor and the kind of joke I would make – when Bill told Brad that although he doesn’t know him well, he’s known him a long time and Brad has always been a very polite person. Brad looked at him and deadpanned, “F–k you man,” much to the amusement of the studio audience.

It’s kind of funny to watch this interview because they both sort of have the same almost dry sense of humor so they play well off each other. I know that promoting his films is part of Brad’s job, but it’s still more enjoyable to see something like this, where there’s a good connection between the two, and having some jokes flying back and forth – especially the ones where you stop and ask, “wait, that’s a joke, right?”

I hope you enjoy the segments as much as I did!

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  • neela

    i think writer ann lamott’s quote (which happens to be a piece of wisdom passed on to her by priest friend) kind of sums up SOME people’s religious values: “You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God h a t e s all the same people you do.” as another poster pointed above, i think brad just doesn’t understand the hypocrisy and intolerance of some people who claim to be strong followers of god’s teachings.

  • http://firefox.com gena

    I believe there is a God and can not support Brad on this. I admire him as an actor, humanitarian, father and companion to Angie. Love his whit and charm. But feel he is questioning religion due to what man has done not God. I am sure that this breaks his mom’s heart to hear him talk like this, for I know it would break mine.

  • http://firefox.com gena

    Just think everyone was on Angie for her past, now we are getting to see Brad and guess what! He is not too far from Angie. Lets see if the media attack him like they attacked and continue to attack Angie. Funny on the Insider they only showed the part of the video about Brad use to smoke but nothing about religion. Is it me or has that part not been focused on. He said that they get hate mail which is not right!!! How these people get their address? I would love to send “love” mail. This Christian loves Brad Pitt and hope one day he finds an answer to what he is looking for in regard to God.

  • Kristen

    I have no problem with anything that Brad said in regards to religion. I like him as an actor, and I like what he’s doing for New Orleans. I don’t see the point in getting up in arms over his religious beliefs. I believe that everyone should be allowed to worship as they see fit, as long as they are not hurting anyone in the process.

    “And harm ye none, do what ye will.”

  • kim

    Why is it most people can live and let live — all except people who have a strong belief in a spiritual symbol such as God. I can tell you right now that all religions are correct and are wrong. They all believe in the same thing with different names put to it. It is not the belief in something that is wrong, that is all good, it is using that belief as an excuse to repress others that is really wrong. If it makes you feel better to believe in something that you can’t see, instead of believing in your self, that’s great for you, just don’t push your belief’s on others, or expect that your beliefs should be used to make political policies, because in today’s world religion has no place in politics.
    Or we can all just believe that we come from outer space and some day the aliens will come back and get us and the experiment will be over (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).

  • Keats

    If I remember correctly from my catechism class that God created man in the image of himself (men and women). We are all God. God lives within us. We have the power for good and evil. Religion, no matter which, made all the rules of how we should live. But at the end of the day, is up to us. Live but be aware of how you live. I does not matter to any of us how other people live is up to the individual and that includes Brad Pitt. I’m very sure that his mother is very proud of him with or without religion and his interpretation of God. I just read something on FoxNews about his second interview with Ann Curry commenting in how he “loves the paparrazi”. Now, as a Pitt-Jolie fan we KNOW how much he dislikes them, so there is his sense of humor. Sometimes I think he says what he says to get a response with that wicked smile of his. Because of that don’t take his comments on religion too seriously.

  • neela

    kristsen, kim and keats, right on!

  • “another Sherry”

    Haven’t been here in a while. Hi (waving) to all…Glad to see some long time Pittwatcher’s still posting. I too, watched the show and appreciated his humor & candor. As soon as he *opens up* the Christian’s attack. I’m surprised Christian’s watch Bill Maher let alone that ppl are upset at what BP said! All he said was it “didn’t work for him” or something to that effect. What is wrong with that? It’s HIS opinion and life. Why are Christians SO judgmental? That isn’t YOUR job—that belongs to God.
    The Jolie-Pitt’s do SO much for charity; BP with the residents of N.O. with “make it right” and AJ being an Ambassador for refugees; THOSE deeds seem like what God would want. They have six kids and are in love and not bothering anyone yet apparently can’t catch a break.

  • slimx

    Excuse me neela, but how can u call my view point ignorant. Maybe, I didnt approach it the right way. However, It just doesnt make a lot of sense that God would want all these different types of churches. Its way too confusing and God is not of confusion.

  • slimx

    neela, if u show me in the bible all these different types of churches than i rest my case

  • neela

    slimx, yes, your stance is ignorant. sorry to offend you, but it is a very limited stance. ask yourself this: does it make sense that god would create different races, nationalities, etc.? does it make sense that god would create people of different sizes? does it make sense that he would create different countries? does it make sense that some people are born with some handicap? does it make sense that others would be created with sharper minds? does it make sense that god would create different types of beauty?

    what exactly is your point??? why do you think god created all these differences? we’re all different, each one of us born with a free will. that is a great gift from god. he allows us to think for ourselves and to choose to believe what we want to believe, to even create our own religion. i’m catholic, and while i’m not quite as devout as others, i do believe in basic human decency, which includes accepting differences. god gave us free will and the ability to love. with love comes understanding. with understanding, we learn to accept those people and things that are different from us. with love and understanding, we can respect others.

    and newsflash: the bible is not the only book considered “sacred” out there. other religions have their own sacred texts, and i imagine if you belong to one of those religions, you would think that text would be the one and be all. here’s another newsflash (and while i am catholic, i have to say this): the bible contains writings by men—humans who, just like us, were inclined to their own biases. it is your way of intolerant thinking that leaves a lot of people jaded about religion.

    why does it matter if other religions exist? as long as not one doesn’t impose on another, then, it’s okay. not one religion is above the other. we’re all equals, even if we are all different.

  • neela

    correction: as long as one doesn’t impose on another, then, it’s okay.

  • neela

    btw, to which bible would you like me to refer? the christian’s bible or the hebrew bible? oh, and if the christian one, of which denomination’s translation?

    god is not about confusion. he’s about acceptance.

  • slimx

    I sorry if you feel iam being intolerant,but i see your point. I dont agree but thanks. Oh yeah, what exactly do you mean by the hebrew bible and the christian bible.

  • neela

    slimx, i’m sorry if i was rude. i’ve been meaning to apologize for my overly assertive manner of expressing my thoughts, but admittedly, my pride has been in the way. religion is a very touchy subject, and i think defending our stance on the matter makes us passionate, and in my case aggressive. heh. one of my best friends and i used to have some unpleasant debates about it.

    i was just differentiating between the hebrew bible and the christian’s version. when i say hebrew bible, i refer to the bible of judaism, as opposed to the christian translations. and even the christian denominations have their own translations. it’s really quite easy to interpret aspects of the bible to suit our own needs and arguments, and i think this relates to what others have been saying: we model god after ourselves—after our own way of thinking. i think that’s one reason why there are so many religions, but just the same, i think god is okay with all of their existence as long as people practice basic human decency, which i think is all he really asks from us. he just asks us to love each other.

    i can understand why it may seem confusing, but yeah, we will just have to agree to disagree.

  • BlessBrangelina

    I loved the B Maher interview. Never thought anything or any person could catch Bill off guard but Brad certainly did that a few times.

  • Joann

    A clip of Brad Pitt’s stoner performance in True Romance is on YouTube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObU-wa6_2gU