Jamie Foxx struggled to learn the cello for his movie about a schizophrenic musician - until he realised he could impress women with his newfound talent.
The Oscar winner portrays homeless cello prodigy Nathanial Ayers in The Soloist and was required to learn the instrument for the role.
But Foxx was lacklustre with his efforts to pick up the right notes, before realising the skill could prove useful.
Director Joe Wright says, "He learnt how to play the cello and he practised for six months. He was not fully committed for the first few weeks and then he discovered that girls quite like it when fellas play classical musical instruments and that upped his game."