Brad Garrett -- Gentle Giant?

11/29/2007 12:47 PM PST
A TMZ photog put himself in harm's way yesterday -- just by asking Brad Garrett a question. You never know when the big fella might snap!

But Brad was in a jovial mood in Malibu, chatting about the writer's strike, the fires and his future career as a car wash attendant. When our guy joked with Brad, saying he'll keep his distance, Brad shot back, "You're a smart man."

Lesson learned.