Actor and comedian Adam Sandler was advised by one of his lecturers in New York University that "he did not have it and not to go down the acting route", it has been revealed in an interview with Brad Pitt.
Hollywood star Pitt, in a new instalment of the Variety Studios: Actors on Actors series, relayed the conversation, saying it's "my favorite Adam Sandler story".
Pitt said: "You were at NYU, and it was your acting coach, or acting professor, I believe.
"He took you out for a beer and he kindly said to you, 'Think about something else. Listen, you got heart, but you don't have it. Choose another path.'"
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"There's a second part to this story," Pitt continues. "This is why it's my favorite 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 answers.