In his 51 years, Brad Pitt has been many things to many people: Thelma's one-night stand, Fight Club's Tyler Durden, a barely clothed Achilles.
One thing he is not, however, is a singer.
At Saturday's black-tie gala for the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Pitt led the audience in a cringe-worthy sing-along to help them remember how to pronounce British actor David Oyelowo's name. The star of Selma was an honoree at the gala and his profile is on the rise in the US after small roles in Lincoln and The Butler.
Referencing recent controversy regarding the historical accuracy of Selma, in which Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King, Jr., Pitt said: "With any great film, any great performance, comes controversy and questions. I know that there is one lingering question in the back of your minds. It's a fundamental question, I think it's only fair that we air it out tonight, and that question is: how the hell do you pronounce his name?"
Pitt told the audience not to worry and proceeded to take them through each syllable of "Oyelowo" until they had mastered how to say the name. However, Pitt was still not content with the crowd's pronunciation and said: "It sometimes helps to sing it."
Cue Pitt starting a sing-along that will not go down in history alongside other far more notable performances. Still, the fact he taught a huge room of people how to pronounce a difficult name was more educational than all of Troy.
Oscar-tipped films for 2015
Oscar-tipped films for 2015
1/10 The Imitation Game
Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch and Allen Leech in The Imitation Game
2/10 The Theory of Everything
Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne in Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything
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Ella Coltrane in widely acclaimed coming of age drama Boyhood
Written by the Coen Brothers and directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken could be a major player that comes from a woman that already has an Oscar
Featuring Channing Tatum, Foxcatcher will be Steve Carell’s first ‘serious’ role and is directed by Oscar-nominated director of Moneyball, Bennett Miller
Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film features Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway
7/10 Gone Girl
Oscar winner Ben Affleck is back for the screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's popular novel Gone Girl, directed by two-time best director nominee David Fincher ('The Social Network' and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button')
The film follows a young musician who struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer and is already a strong contender starring JK Simmons
9/10 Suite Francaise
Based on the work of acclaimed novelist Irène Némirovsky, the film, starring Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams, comes fifty years after her death
Meryl Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst in Sarah Gavron's new historical drama Suffragette, what is expected to be the Big Brit film of the year
The Palm Springs International Film Festival honoured Oyelowo with its Breakthrough Performance Award for an actor while Rosamund Pike won the actress award for her performance in Gone Girl.
Reese Witherspoon won the Chairman's Award for Wild and Eddie Redmayne picked up the first of what could be many awards for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He took home the Desert Palm Achievement Award.Reuse content