Brad Pitt Singing Lesson: Actor Tells Audience How To Sing ‘Oyelowo’ [Video]

Brad Pitt’s philanthropic efforts have given him the reputation of someone who is always willing to lend a hand. At the Palm Springs International Film Festival gala Saturday night, that included a singing lesson for gala attendees who might struggle with the pronunciation of “David Oyelowo.”

Pitt was presenting the Breakthrough Performance Award to Oyelowo for his turn in Selma. Pitt acknowledged some may have problems with the star’s name.

“I know that there is one lingering question in the back of your minds and that question is, how the hell do you pronounce his name?… It’s ok, it’s alright, I’ve been there – and I’m here to help.”

Pitt first guided the audience to break it into pieces. He then started a chorus of the name: “Oh-Yellow-Oh…” When Oyelowo came onstage to accept his honor, he was grateful for Pitt’s extra effort.

“You know you’re breaking through when Brad Pitt sings your name.”

Pitt is a producer of Selma.Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King, Jr., in the biopic directed by Ava DuVernay. Pitt said Oyelowo was a name that would “one day be synonymous with Poitier and Olivier.”

Oyelowo attended the gala with his wife Jessica, and three of their four children. The family posed for pictures on the red carpet.

You can see Brad Pitt give his singing lesson in the ITN video below.