Once upon a time in the early-to-mid-‘90s, Apatow and Ben Stiller wanted to make a comedy that revolved around two average guys — one to be played by Stiller and the other to be played by “that young guy” Brad Pitt. “The idea is Ben and Brad Pitt have these crappy jobs and they’re both obsessed with the Rolling Stones and they’re going to follow them across the country,” he explained. The project moved far enough along to have Pitt on-board and to win the support of the Stones after Apatow and Stiller went to Toronto to pitch them the idea during a rehearsal.
“They told us they’d do it, and they let us watch them rehearse for three hours,” he recalled. “We’re alone in a gym at a high school and the Stones are just playing for us. And this is my best showbiz moment ever: In the middle of the rehearsal, Mick Jagger walks over to me and Ben and says, ‘You guys OK? You need a glass of water?’ I said to Ben, ‘This is the best moment ever — don’t forget it.’ ”
Unfortunately, the project fell apart because Pitt decided to do “Seven” and it turned out to be impossible to film the Stones while they were on tour.