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Brad Pitt to Religious Zealots: Stop the Nonsense

Via Gawker, Brad Pitt goes on Bill Maher’s show and says this:

To the three who are watching, I just say you have to, you really have to check what country you’re living in because the freedom that allows you to practice religion is the same freedom you’re stepping on. That’s not right….And I want to add… if there was a nation of gay married couples that were telling you you couldn’t practice your religion, I’d be speaking up for you, too…. So, let’s stop the nonsense.

Here’s the video of the interview!

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  1. Wow. I used to be so indifferent about Brad Pitt, but over the last couple of years I grow to admire him more and more. Reasonable, compassionate, dedicated, THINKING! What a fantastic role model. I hope to see more of him doing this kind of thing, because, as Bill pointed out, people love Brad. Maybe he can get them to think as well.

  2. When Brad Pitt first came on the scene, I wasn’t all that into him. He was too pretty. Then I started paying attention to him as an actor (12 Monkeys <3 <3), and to what he has to say. He just keeps getting sexier and sexier.

  3. As a middle aged overweight nerdy hetero male, it would be easy to be envious of Brad Pitt to the point of resentment, but the guy really does seem likeable. I thought he was good in Robert Redford’s “The River Runs Through It”. In fact, it just occurred to me that Pitt with his activist bent, good looks, and acting chops may be the new Redford.

    /BCT [anybody know a good personal trainer :-)]

  4. I have long considered Brad Pitt to be one of the greatest actors of my generation(and gotten hell for it); its nice to see my point of view is coming around…

    Oh yeah, if I were in New Orleans- he’d get my vote.

  5. That’s the Brad Pitt I know. I can tell you that’s exactly in character. (I know him from my airline time in Springfield, MO. Did you know that his Mom still picks him up at the airport? )

    I’m not a huge fan of his movie career, but he’s one of the few VIP’s I have genuine respect and admiration for.

  6. Does anyone else adopt imaginary family members? As in “I love James Randi, he’s like my dream grandfather.”

    Brad Pitt is now the only actor in my imaginary perfect family. I’m thinking maybe a third cousin.

  7. I usually considered Brad Pitt too “popular culture” to really care about, even though I’ve always been amazed by his performances in movies. But lately his philanthropic side has been coming to my attention more and I’m just utterly impressed by the man.

  8. Brad Pitt first crossed my radar in Interview With The Vampire, when he blew Tom Cruise off the screen with his acting chops. I know, not a difficult thing to do, but it raised my eyebrows when I had previously thought him to be just another pretty face. I have a lot of respect for him, his talent, and his political/philosophical positions.

    I contemplated putting an ellipse after the word “blew” but figured it was implied anyway.

  9. I didn’t really pay much attention to him until I caught wind of his involvement with Angelina. I had followed her a bit, and got really interested in what she had to say… I was surprised to think of her being into a “guy like Brad”.

    When I read (almost a year ago) about the pair being buddy buddy with Tom Cruise still, I panicked at little.. because the thought of Angelina AND Brad buying into Scientology broke my heart… It’s been nice to hear a little more in the past couple months about Brad’s philosophical and religious view-points…

    And the biggest/best part of all is obviously the importance of his voice in Hollywood and growing international media influence..

    I have to mention… he looks JUST LIKE my father in Inglorious Basterds… So you all basically just said you think my father, at Brad’s age, was hot :D

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