Brad Pitt’s latest film Tree of Life just nabbed the Palme d’Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in the 1950s, the movie explores deep spiritual issues set within the framework of a rural Southern family’s day-to-day life. Brad, who stars along with Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn, also produced the film, and it begins a limited-release in theaters today. Consequent to the film’s nature, Brad’s been extensively quoted about his religious beliefs. He spoke frankly at a recent a press conference that the religious aspects of Tree of Life made him slightly uncomfortable, saying, “I got brought up being told things were God’s way, and when things didn’t work out it was called God’s plan. I’ve got my issues with it. Don’t get me started. It was very stifling.” Tell us how you really feel, Brad!
Turns out the 47-year-old actor was raised in Missouri as a Southern Baptist, but had “a crisis of faith” of sorts in high school, and by college he “got untethered from the comfort of religion–it wasn’t a loss of faith, it was a discovery of self.” And while Brad may not be attached to a specific religion at this time, some members of the press who have followed him since his early Thelma and Louise–River Runs Through It–Legends of the Fall days say he seems to always follow the golden rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” One went so far as to say that Brad’s so polite and friendly, he even pours glasses of water out for the press at movie junkets. Such a sweetie. Speaking of sweet, he’s just that in these gaspingly stylish retro-inspired havana brown shades and white suit. If this isn’t a guy who’s comfortable in his skin and his spiritual centeredness, we don’t know who is. –rpuccia
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