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Hollywood actor teaches tongue-tied teenagers

An actor, who has starred in Hollywood films alongside George Clooney and Brad Pitt, is teaching tongue-tied teenagers at Brighton College to be more confident.

Basher Savage is tutoring pupils at the college to mimic Winston Churchill and Malcolm X's speeches after head teacher Richard Cairns decided they needed a boost when speaking to audiences.

The teacher, who appeared in the films Gravity and World War Z - as well as playing Dmitry in Radio 4's Ambridge Extra, said: "I start the course off by asking the children what they want to do when they are adults.

"The confidence and ability to speak publicly and sound interesting are key to so many careers in the 21st century and it's crucial that children know that tortured tongue-tied appearances in front of an audience will not help their careers at all."

The presentation course for Year 9 pupils will also examine Colin Firth as King George VI in The King's Speech, and copy the physical mouth shapes of Mersey poet Roger McGough.

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Pensioner tells Brad Pitt 'I didn't have a clue who you were'

Brad Pitt Credit: PA

When 90 year old Peter Comfort took a phone call from a Hollywood superstar, he wasn't in the slightest bit starstruck at all.

But then, Mr Comfort, from Ripple near Deal, admits he had no idea who this "Brad Pitt" fellow actually was.

"I said to him, I didn't have a clue who you were, and then I Googled you and you've been in quite a lot of films," Mr Comfort said after meeting Pitt, who was seeking advice on a film he was making about the landings.