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Brad Pitt might be known for his mild-mannered nature, but the Hollywood heavyweight didn't hesitate to pummel Mel Gibson's overblown Passions of the Christ with some serious punches recently.

The 52-year-old star was being interviewed by Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James for the New York Times Style Magazine when he was asked his opinion on the controversial ode to Catholicism.

Gibson's controversial 'Passion of the Christ'
Gibson's controversial 'Passion of the Christ'

James explained to Pitt that Gibson's portrayal of Christianity actually helped to shunt him out of the church, and Pitt replied:

"I felt like I was just watching an L. Ron Hubbard propaganda film."

Although Brad was harsh about the movie, it's clearly the intense portrayal of Christianity that got to the actor as opposed to Mel Gibson himself. Pitt later went on to compliment Gibson's directing ability by saying Apocalypto was a "great movie."

It's perhaps unsurprising that Pitt objected to the rabidly devotional nature of Gibson's movie though — the star has spoken out in the past about how the guilt of an intense religious upbringing led him to bring up his own children as atheists.

Brad Pitt as an infant
Brad Pitt as an infant

Brad has been surprisingly open about his struggles with faith over the years and he identifies himself as "80 percent atheist and 20 percent agnostic" after finding Christianity "stifling."

"Many people find religion to be very inspiring. Myself, I found it very stifling. I grew up with Christianity and I remember questioning it greatly. Some things didn’t work for me. Some things did…I grew up being told God is going to take care of everything and it doesn’t always work out that way. And then you’re told ‘Well, it’s God’s will.’ I got my issues. Man, you don’t want to get me started."

Although Brad's criticisms clearly come from a well-considered place, we're pretty sure Mel Gibson will have something to say about this. Sit back and let the pop corn roll!

Do you think Passion of the Christ watches like a propaganda movie?

(Source: The Independent)