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Fans say Zach Galifianakis 'doesn't care what people think' as he lights up 'joint' during discussion on drug legalization

Fans say Zach Galifianakis 'doesn't care what people think' as he lights up 'joint' during discussion on drug legalization

That's one way to prove a point.

Zach Galifianakis was never more popular with fans than when he lit up what appeared to be a joint and smoked it live on television to prove a point.

The actor had been speaking on Real Time with Bill Maher about a cannabis legalization bill, when he decided to pull out what initially seemed to be a pre-rolled joint and start smoking. Check it out:

The 2010 interview sent viewers - and studio audience members - into a frenzy when Zach spun the serious debate in another direction.

Guests Lawrence O'Donnell, Reihan Salam and Margaret Hoover debated with Bill about the potential legalisation of cannabis for recreational use in California - a bill that was eventually passed in 2016 - when Zach, who was there to promote his movie Due Date, decided to join the discussion.

"It's a tricky thing politically to jump on that bandwagon because I think that maybe people still see it as taboo still," he began.

When MSNBC host Lawrence jumped in to build on Zach's point, Zach quickly whipped what looked like a pre-rolled joint out of his jacket pocket and lit up.

After taking a puff, while the audience cheered him on, Zach passed the 'joint' to political commentator Margaret Hoover, who had a sniff, but decided against taking a hit.

Margaret tried to dump it on guests Lawrence and Reihan, but both passed up the offer, so Zach took it back, happily smoking away amid the debate.

Zach whipped out a joint on live television.

The kicker was when Zach interrupted the discussion one final time to yell, "Oh my God, look at those dragons!", as if a few pulls already had him hallucinating.

"That's my point, I think that's what people think of it," he told Bill.

Understandably, Zach's power move totally blew people away, but most viewers agreed that it successfully helped him to prove an important point.

"It’s always hard to win an argument with someone smarter than you but it’s damn near impossible to win one with someone funnier than you," wrote one fan.

"Zach is a man that follows his own rules and doesn’t care what people think at all," agreed a second.

And a third raved: "Everyone will remember this guy in decades, because he's one of those fellas who never give a f***, who are authentic as hell, and that's all people want in an era where everything is bulls**t."

Some might be disappointed to find out that it wasn't actually a real marijuana joint.

After the episode aired, Bill Maher said that Zach had simply been smoking cloves.

Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, he said: "If it was a real joint, Wolf, I would have smoked it … Zach’s crazy, he’s not that crazy."

Featured Image Credit: NBC

Topics: Celebrity, Drugs