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#BillMaher story.

As I have mentioned before, I worked as a casting assistant in my late teens, which meant on casting days I wrangled the actors. This was usually fine, but not always. Not everyone is pleasant.
Some people entered acting to meet needs that will never be met.

Some people just heard from their divorce lawyer.

Some people feel fat.

I wrangled them all and thanks to watching my boss, the incomparable Beverly Long, I learned how to handle the febrile ones.
In all the years I did this, there were exactly two people who stood out as being notably unpleasant.

1. Sharon Stone, pre-BASIC INSTINCT but post-TOTAL RECALL, a request from the ad guys, they would pay whatever. She was utterly vile to me, the lowly assistant.
She then went to the bathroom and came back far more pleasant and much chattier.
2. Bill Maher. Another ad agency request, at the time he was a road dog comic who we had to see when he was available. I remember walking into the waiting room, empty but for Bill, starting my usual “cheerful small talk with talent” and dying away when I saw his eyes.
The utter, bone-deep contempt had nothing to do with what I had or hadn’t said, or my job, or the commercial; I knew as clearly as I knew my name that he held all humans who weren’t him in contempt. I felt a genuine chill that I have never forgotten.
I have never seen anything which leads me to believe he’s changed.
Also, he doesn’t hire women writers but he does steal from @OhNoSheTwitnt so, honestly, he can burn.
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