"I was about ten years old," Bratt recalled years later, "and they were shooting on location at a house in my neighborhood. And for about three hours me and a bunch of kids waited outside for Karl Malden and Michael Douglas to come out. Finally he emerged and we all gathered around him and I ran up to him and said, 'Mr. Malden, Mr. Malden, can I have your autograph, please?' 'Sure kid' -- and he got into his LTD and -- phhscht! -- drove right off.
"So about five years ago, I ran into an old-time makeup artist who I told this story to... And then about a year ago, I ran into him again. And he said, 'I got a funny story for you. I ran into Karl Malden and I told him that story that you told about how he jumped into the car and basically dissed you.' So I said, 'Well, what did he say? Did he have an autograph for me?' 'No. He said, Who the f--- is Benjamin Bratt?'"