Angelina Jolie showed ‘Unbroken’ to Louis Zamperini before he passed away


I finished reading our CB Book Club choice, Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, last week. It was one of my favorite choices from our book club. I didn’t even mind the born-again Christian stuff! Louis Zamperini was an amazing man who lived an extraordinary life and the book honestly isn’t as depressing as you would think. And now I’m really, really looking forward to see how the Coen Brothers adapted the screenplay and to see how Angelina Jolie directs the story. Unbroken won’t be out until December, alas. But Angelina dropped some quotes to Entertainment Weekly, probably for their fall/winter film preview:

Before U.S. Olympian-turned-WWII hero Louis Zamperini died on July 2 at age 97, director Angelina Jolie showed him the film she’s made about him (in theaters Dec. 25), adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 best-seller. “I brought it on my laptop to the hospital,” Jolie says. “It was a deeply moving, very profound few hours of my life. Telling his story is a giant responsibility.”

It was certainly an extraordinary life: Zamperini competed in the 1936 Olympics in track, enlisted with the U.S. Air Force in WWII, survived a crash into the Pacific, spent 47 days marooned on a raft, and then endured over two years of torture in a Japanese POW camp.

Playing Zamperini was no easy task. Jack O’Connell, a veteran of British TV’s teen drama Skins, had to lose nearly 30 pounds to appear emaciated in key scenes. “You learn not to think of your own problems,” he says. “That’s something you can attribute to Louie and Angie—they both strive to be selfless every day.”

Luckily, not every day was so grueling: One night, O’Connell formed an impromptu band with producer Matthew Baer and costars Garrett Hedlund (who plays a fellow prisoner) and Miyavi (a real-life Japanese rocker who portrays a sadistic guard in the film). Their tunes included “Angie” by the Rolling Stones and, of course, the Kingsmen classic “Louie Louie.”

[From Entertainment Weekly]

I would LOVE to see that band perform “Angie” to Dame Angelina. She must have loved that. And the idea of Angelina showing Louie the movie while he was in the hospital… damn, that makes me tear up.

As for what Angelina has been up to recently… I guess she’s prepping for By the Sea, the film she wrote, which will be filming in Malta. Angie and Brad Pitt are going to star together, their first time on-screen together since Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Angelina recently said: “We have been shy of it for quite a few years because it’s very heavy, about a relationship, people going through and surviving a lot together. It’s not easy. So we were nervous about being able to handle the material as actors and to take it on together.”

Angelina also recently spoke to Hello about how she and Brad have grown as a couple:

”We’ve grown as a couple. A relationship is one thing when you’re first together and it’s exciting. But now we’ve been together for many years and we have the children, it becomes a different kind of love. ‘It’s not just being lovers and partners and friends, it’s being a family man, which I love in him and feel very lucky about. My mother was a single mom and she really struggled to keep it all together…One of the things we’re particularly conscious of is how we treat each other in front of the children. We want to be an example of how to treat the opposite sex.”

[From Hello via Contact Music]

Yep. Pretty much. I think Angelina and Brad are the ones who will end up making it, you know?


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  1. QQ says:

    *sigh* im so happy he got to see it..why is it so moist here

  2. daisyfly says:

    Onions…chopping onions everywhere…

  3. Liv says:

    Who would have thought that? Guess everyone thought they’re too perfect to make it together. Good for them and their family.

  4. Lady Macbeth says:

    So happy she went there and showed it to him. I hope he was happy about the result.

  5. MrsB says:

    Oh I’m so glad he was able to see it. I guess because WW2 ended so long before I was born, I of course always had respect for the men that fought but it didn’t seem very personal. After reading this book, wow, it brought a whole new perspective. Such a courageous generation of men.

  6. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I am sooo happy he got to see the film before he passed. I bet he was just tickled.

    I’m reading “Unbroken” right now and I can’t put it down. Louie was such a fascinating person. My 6yr old son & 3yr old daughter are actually obsessed with him right now! I think it started with his name being fun to say, but they are genuinely intrigued by his life as an Olympic athlete and then his military service. And that he lived to 97yrs old. (Hearing my 3yr old say “Louie Zamperini” is so stinking cute.) I feel like I knew him and we lost a great-grandfather or something.

  7. The Original Mia says:

    I’m glad he got to see it. He lived a remarkable life.

  8. Anna says:

    I’m so glad he got to see it. That was one of my first thoughts when I heard he had passed away, that he would never be able to see it but I’m so happy he did.
    Does that mean she’s content with the finished product and can move up the release date?

  9. doofus says:

    I think I had read this a while back, when he first passed. and that it was a “rough cut”, not a final version, but it’s still wonderful that he got to see it before he passed away.

    and I agree, I think these two WILL make it…they seem to truly value each other and what the other person brings to the family.

  10. Chris says:

    Golly those two warm the ould heart!
    I think this story was here before, but it’s a lovely thing, what a beautiful ‘farewell’ to the old gentleman.

  11. Annaloo. says:

    DAMN, Brad! You dodged TWO self-obsessed and vain bullets named Gwyneth and Jennifer. How lucky is he to have this amazing person. Sagittarius really is the sign of luck.

  12. Bess says:

    I wonder how O’Connell was able to drop the 30 lbs safely and then bulk back up again to do the rest of the film. It doesn’t seem like he had a lot of time to lose and then regain that much weight + muscle tone.

  13. SpookySpooks says:

    I have just seen Starred Up and O’Connell was really good. I’m looking forward to this movie, it might be more than yout typical WW2 movie.

  14. Tiffany :) says:

    “One of the things we’re particularly conscious of is how we treat each other in front of the children. We want to be an example of how to treat the opposite sex.”

    This is SO important! Glad she said it!

    • Chris says:

      Another time she alluded to kissing etc and reminded me of an interview with Mrs Obama, who was forceful on the point of showing children moments of ‘romance’ between parents….about how that is immensely reassuring. My god that hit me very strongly, having spent my formative years constantly in fear of parental dissolution, never seeing affectionate display like that. It’s an obvious thing perhaps, but I know how we can conjure fears when young. (I’m sure mine came from a cartoon version of Jane Eyre in a girls’ comic!!)

  15. kri says:

    It’s fantastic that he got to see this. Can you guys imagine being able to see your life onscreen? What an astonishing person he was-and I hope he realized that. Some people go through life barely moving enough earth to bury themselves with at the end. This guy moved mountains. I can’t wait to see this movie.

  16. TheRealMaya says:

    Needed this cute heartwarming story today..

    I am so glad that Louis was able to see the movie (at learnt a rough cut) of it before passing away. The whole reason they had to move the shooting from early 2015 to October 2014 was because he was ailing and they wanted to make sure Louis was part of the movie.

    Amazing man who deserves all the respect and praise he received during his life and will receive after his death.

    Kudos for Laura and Angelina for bringing this man’s life to the world – millions have read the book and billions will see the movie.

    On another note – there is a reason why Brad and Angelina is my favourite couple. They are genuinly in love, respect each other, raising their children wonderfully, making inspiring movies and spends hours on humanitarian work.

    They have made mistakes in the past but they have also matured into wonderful giving people.

    I have always believed that this couple will make it and I am glad to read these wonderful little things about the way they love each other and live their lives.

    Proud to be a Brangeloony…

    • FLORC says:

      I’m not seeing this in theatres. I will be that sobbing mess with empty tissue boxes all around.

      Bowl of popcorn, some wine, and a 24 pack of tissue boxes you can only get at those buy in bulk stores.

      Say what you want about this woman. She’s known to do some fantastically amazing things.

  17. fan of angie says:

    This lady’s face!!! How is it possible that someone can be so stunningly beautiful!!! So unfair

  18. serena says:

    *Brangelooning all over the way*

    By the way I love Miyavi, I can’t wait to see this movie!