Why Brad Pitt turned his back on religion

  • IANS, London
  • Updated: Nov 30, 2015 12:09 IST
Brad Pitt poses on the red carpet at the premiere of The Big Short in New York. (REUTERS)

Hollywood star Brad Pitt has admitted he is an atheist. The 51-year-old actor was raised as a strict Baptist by his parents but has now turned his back on religion completely. “My upbringing had all the Christian guilt about what you can and cannot, should and shouldn’t do,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pitt insisted that his relationship with wife Angelina Jolie, 40 and their six children have made him a better actor. “I think you can see it in my work. I was a pretty good actor before, but definitely hit and miss. I think I became a really good actor.”

Brad and his brood...

The actor said a lot of it has to do with being a family man. “I’m sure a lot of that has to do with age and wisdom too. But I see an absolute shift from the day I started my family. And I think it’s because family -- and certainly kids and a stable relationship - is something bigger than yourself. They need you to sit down with them, be there for them when they wake up in the middle of the night.”

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Pitt said his father was very strict and could have been a bit gentle, but he himself is a disciplinarian when it comes to his sons. “I am (a disciplinarian) with the boys. Girls do no wrong so I don’t have to be. I feel like my job is to show them around, help them find what they want to do with their life, put as many things in front of them, and pull them back when they get out of line, so they know who they are,” Pitt said.

He recently described his family life as “ a lot of love, a lot of fighting, a lot of refereeing ; a lot of teeth-brushing and spilling… Chaos, total chaos. But so much fun”.

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