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  • Brad Pitt says Christian upbringing was 'stifling'

    Brad Pitt stars as a 1950s Texas man—a “lost soul in the modern world”—searching for the meaning of life in Terrence Malick’s new film, “Tree of Life.”

    But the Missouri- bred Pitt has not found solace in traditional religion himself.

    “I got brought up being told things were God’s way, and when things didn’t work out, it was called God’s plan,” Pitt told reporters at the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. “I’ve got my issues with it. Don’t get me started. I found it very stifling.”

    Pitt’s parents are Southern Baptist Conservatives and Pitt’s younger brother Doug is very active in his large church outside of Springfield, MO.

    HOT SHOTS: Angelina Jolie at Cannes.

    “I always had a lot of questions about the world, even in kindergarten,” Pitt told Parade magazine several years ago. “A big question to me was fairness. If I’d grown up in some other religion, would I get the same shot at heaven as a Christian has?”

    Pitt said he found himself after abandoning the religious beliefs he grew up with.

    “When I got untethered from the comfort of religion, it wasn’t a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of self,” explained Pitt. “I had faith that I’m capable enough to handle any situation. There’s peace in understanding that I have only one life, here and now, and I’m responsible.”

    Pitt’s film “Tree of Life” received a mixed reception at Cannes. Some booed at its conclusion, while others tried to drown out the boos with applause.

    He attended its premiere with partner Angelina Jolie.

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