Brad Pitt Consoles Suicidal Actor at 'Moneyball' Screening

The actor offers words of encouragement to an emotional fan, telling him that "every failure can lead to success"

It's his partner Angelina Jolie who's most known for her humanitarian efforts, but Brad Pitt has a compassionate side, too. On Sunday, after a screening of his film Moneyball, Pitt reached out to a struggling actor in the audience who said he'd been contemplating suicide.

It was during a post-screening Q&A session that the 30-something man told his sad story -- in front of an audience of hundreds. According to Us Weekly, the man stood up and said he'd been alone in his car before the movie, thinking about killing himself. The audience member choked up as he confessed that seeing Moneyball, based on the true story of a baseball manager who turned around his losing team, had given him "a renewed sense of hope."

An observer described it to the magazine as "a really awkward moment" that "shocked everyone," but Pitt didn't miss a beat. The film's star responded to the emotional fan, actor-to-actor.

"Look, man, life is up and down, it's a vicious cycle, but you have to go through it and deal with that," said Pitt, 47. "You can be down, but then you come back up again, and every failure can lead to success."

"It was a touching moment," says a second audience member. "As he left the theater he even stopped to talk with the guy to offer him some more words of encouragement, because he was obviously fragile."

Hmm...if Pitt really does quit acting in a few years, perhaps he could take up as a life coach? One thing's for sure: Between this, saving that woman from a zombie attack, donating to Somali relief and wrangling six kids into bed every night, Pitt is becoming the celebrity equivalent of an Eagle Scout!

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