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They may be two of Hollywood’s most famous stars, but Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio say they were completely starstruck by meeting and working with Luke Perry just before his death earlier this year.

Perry, Pitt and DiCaprio all appear in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. But while Pitt and DiCaprio are the film’s headliners, they both say they came up in an age when Perry was the king of cool.

The comments appear in a new profile of the stars for Esquire Magazine, where they reminisce on coming of age in the 1990s and meeting some of their cinematic heroes.

DiCaprio, now 44, recalled seeing Perry on set and saying to his friend,  “‘Oh my God, that’s Luke Perry over there!’”

Luke Perry died at the age of 52 following a stroke earlier this year.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 3: Actor Luke Perry poses at “The David Beckham Academy” launch party at Creative Artists Agency on June 3, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. The reception was a celebration in the partnership between sports and entertainment AEG and Beckham, which has established the Los Angeles and London locations of the David Beckham Academy. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AEG)

Pitt, 55, said he felt similarly when he caught a glimpse of his co-star, saying, “‘That’s f—ing Luke Perry!’ We were like kids in the candy shop because I remember going to the studios and [Beverly Hills, 90210] was going on, and he was that icon of coolness for us as teenagers.”

“It was this strange burst of excitement that I had, to be able to act with him,” he added. “Man, he was so incredibly humble and amazing and absolutely committed. He couldn’t have been a more friendly, wonderful guy to spend time with. I got to sit down and have some wonderful conversations with him. It was really special.”

Perry, 52, died of a stroke in March of this year.

Check out the trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood below.