By peoplestaff225
Updated February 01, 2010 07:00 PM

When Tyrese Gibson agreed to take on the role of Kyle Williams — a divorced father who finds himself in the middle of a custody battle — in his latest movie Legion, he did so without knowing how closely the storyline would mirror his own life only months later.

“It’s almost like this film predicted that I was gonna go through that. I actually went through it in the movie before I went through it in real life,” he tells Celebrity Baby Blog exclusively while attending the film’s premiere in Hollywood recently.

Hesitant to divulge details surrounding his relationship with ex-wife Norma Gibson — with whom the actor welcomed daughter Shayla Somer, 2 ½ — Tyrese is far less guarded when it comes to insisting fathers step up to the plate.

Urging fellow dads to “be a man” and “be a father,” the 31-year-old says there are no regrets when it comes to his relationship with Norma. “Your responsibility when you coexist and create a child is to be a father — period — because that child is affected by your irresponsibilities if you decide to be irresponsible,” he explains.

Adding that he adores Shayla, Tyrese admits his feelings for Norma run much deeper as a result.

Legion is now in theaters.

— Anya with reporting by Jessica Wedemeyer