Best Week Ever draws our attention to this clip from an interview with Brad Pitt in August, 2009. Maher tries to describe a certain "likability" by the American public, and ends up predicting America's response to Charlie Sheen's "winning" streak.
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Maher's exact words to Brad Pitt about this kind of celebrity went like so:
"You cannot do anything that will make America not like you..There are some people like that, you know… Charlie Sheen, I love Charlie he's a friend of mine, and I always kid him, I say ‘You could beat a nun to death on a pile of dead puppies' and America would just go ‘Oh that Charlie, we love him, he's a scamp!'"