Brad Pitt might be one of the most famous men in Hollywood, but that doesn't mean he doesn't remember what it was like to struggle.
The actor gave a pep talk to a suicidal struggling actor after a screening of his recent drama "Moneyball," telling him that failure can lead to success.
According to Us magazine, the troubled man told Pitt and his co-star Jonah Hill that he had been battling suicidal thoughts the night before but that the movie gave him "a renewed sense of hope."
"Look, man, life is up and down, it's a vicious cycle, but you have to go through it and deal with that," Pitt told the man, according to an attendee at the screening. "You can be down, but then you come back up again, and every failure can lead to success."
A witness said that Pitt also stopped to talk to the man after the Q&A session.
"Moneyball" hit theaters on September 23 and is based on the true story of Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A's baseball team, who utilized a new method of scouting players that mostly involves analyzing game statistics.
The 47-year-old actor and father to actress Angelina Jolie's six children recently made headlines after saying that he would like to retire from acting within the next three years.
Pitt recently filmed the sci-fi movie "World War Z" and the crime thriller "Cogan's Trade," which are set to hit theaters in 2012. He is also due to start filming the movie "Twelve Years a Slave," which is set in the 1800s and tells of a New York man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep South. It also stars "X-Men" star Michael Fassbender and is due to be released in 2014.
Pitt has served as a producer on many of his films, including "World War Z" and the baseball movie "Moneyball," which was released earlier this year.
Pitt began his on-screen acting career in the late 1980s. His breakout role came in 1991, when he played a hunky con artist in the film "Thelma & Louise" alongside Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. He has since earned Oscar nominations for his parts in the 1995 film "Twelve Monkeys" and the 2009 drama "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."