Angelina Jolie bit off a lot when she took on the role of director for Unbroken, the tale of real-life Olympian and war prisoner Louis Zamperini. Based on the book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken tells the story of Zamperini's journey to the Olympics, how he survived a plane crash, being lost at sea for 47 days and the two years he spent in a Japanese prison camp.
The story of unparalleled resilience was a difficult one for actor Jack O'Connell to portray. O'Connell joked to Yahoo Movies, "Contrary to the title, it broke me on several occasions. But that's the point, isn't it? It had to break me. Otherwise I was just out there pretending."
Despite dramatic weight loss and the grueling lost-at-sea scenes, O'Connell is quick to point out the difference between acting out the scenes and actually living them. "I wasn't alone, I wasn't ever suffering more than Louis. I was fairly certain that I was going to survive — at least I was going to be alive at the end of the shoot. And that was something he could never guarantee for himself."
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