Brad Pitt

Much like the come-from-behind Oakland A's general manager he played in Moneyball, Brad Pitt served as an inspiration for a troubled stranger at a recent movie screening, Us Weekly reports.

During the Q&A portion of the screening, the man told Pitt, 47, that he had been feeling suicidal alone in his car before the film, but had  "a renewed sense of hope" after watching the baseball drama at a screening in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday.

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

Pitt, according to the witness, also stopped to talk with the man and offer more words of encouragement as he left the theater.