For the host of “Real Time With Bill Maher,” “Some Like It Hot” was to sex what “MASH” would be to politics.
“I vividly remember watching ‘Some Like It Hot’ with my mother and sister at home on TV, and the second the movie was over I announced that I had to go to bed, and I raced up to my room to masturbate. The film ended at 11 p.m. And I came at 11:01 p.m.”
Then Maher saw Robert Altman’s antiwar classic. “I remember seeing ‘MASH’ when I was 14, and it was my first really adult movie,” he says. “I don’t know if I had politics when I was 14. ‘MASH’ may have shaped them to come. In 1970, I was a little young to be manning the barricades, but I saw myself as the little brother going, ‘Can I tag along and bring down the government, too?’ That was the feeling I had when I left the theater after seeing ‘MASH.’ “