In what might just be the most unlikely Hollywood pairing imaginable, Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler sat down in conversation with each other.
In a feature called ‘Actors on Actors’ by Variety, the meeting between two huge cinematic personalities lasted close to an hour as the two actors discussed their recent projects, childhood, their craft and more.
Having entered Hollywood at similar times with both reaching major fame for the majority of the 1990s—albeit for completely different approaches—both Pitt and Sandler realise they have a lot in common both on and off screen. “What I love when we started were cables everywhere, and massive lights,” Pitt began while remembering the early moments of his career. “You’d be sweating all the time and big-ass cameras that were super loud.”
The pair discuss Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to which Sandler begins: “I’ve seen Quentin. He goes hardcore at the perfection of the script” in which Pitt obviously agrees before detailing the brilliance of Tarantino’s writing.
On particular highlight arrives when Pitt begins to tell his “favourite Adam Sandler story” about a time when Sandler was in college at NYU studying acting. “It was that you were at NYU, and it was an acting coach, I believe,” Pitt said before Sandler clarified, “Acting professor.”
Pitt continued: “And he said to you, ‘I want to take you out for a beer.’ This is what I’m told. You guys went to a bar, and he kindly said to you: ‘Think about something else. You have to choose another path.’ Truth?”
“Exactly,” Sandler replied.
Continuing, Pitt added: “There’s a second part to this story, this is why it’s my favourite Adam Sandler story, and I think it says a lot about you.
“That you ran into him at your height, when you’re getting the ultimate payday, and you’re with a bunch of friends, out at a bar. Anyone would think that’s the opportunity where you rub it in his face. And reportedly, what you did was you introduced him to your friends, and you said: ‘This is the only teacher to ever buy me a beer.’ True?”
“Yeah,” Sandler replied, humbly.
Watch the full interview, below.