BRAD PITT‘s been told he couldn’t act. Twenty-plus years ago, that is. Apparently he had the face and body of the future People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, but he couldn’t capture the audience’s fancy except as eye candy.

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Today, the 48-year-old is still a hunk, and he’s receiving serious Oscar buzz for his role in “Moneyball.” We really can’t conceive the fact that he didn’t exactly take Hollywood by storm the first time he tried to break into showbiz. In fact, Angelina Jolie‘s partner and father of six relates that his first audition for a major production turned out to be a disaster…

“My agent sent me out for two films,”

Brad tells W Magazine.

“One of them was The Accused with Jodie Foster. I was so excited.”

Foster would go on to win the 1988 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as a rape victim, and Brad was told to go scat.

We’re not sure if he auditioned as one of the rapists. With the face and body of an angel, he probably could’ve stood as one of the do-gooders in the film.

“I called up afterward and asked, ‘How did I do?’”

After a long awkward silence on the line, he was told.

“There were three seconds of silence and then: ‘Have you ever thought about acting classes?’”

Ouch.

Still, the last 20 years have done really well by Brad. He cites a particular pièce de résistance in his acting arsenal that he happens to excel in:

“I die really well, by the way,”

he boasts.

“It’s one of my strong points. I just take a bullet well.”

But aren’t we glad he’s alive and well in Hollywood to still set our hearts (and groins) a-flutter after 20 years?

Photos By PR Photos / Via W Magazine

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