Angelina Jolie suffered sleepless nights while filming new Louis Zamperini biopic Unbroken, because she was terrified of messing up the movie and disappointing her personal hero.
The Hollywood superstar fought to tackle the late Olympian and World War Two hero’s life story, and admits her initial excitement at landing the directorial job soon turned to worry as she realised how big a task it was.
Returning to promote the film following a bout of chicken pox last month, Jolie tells U.S. breakfast show Today, “It’s a huge responsibility (to take on someone’s life story). I lost so many nights… sleepless nights, and so many moments of self doubt, especially when someone is your own actual hero. It’s my second film (as director) and it’s a huge film.”
Jolie, who made her directorial debut in 2013 with the drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, reveals she particularly panicked over how she would make certain action scenes look realistic on film. She adds, “There were so many things from shark attacks to plane crashes; I’ve never directed anything like that. I often thought, ‘This is too important and this is too big’, and, ‘I don’t know how I got here’ and, ‘I don’t wanna fail, I don’t wanna fail.'”
Angelina Jolie broke down in tears when a fan paid tribute to her for speaking out about her double mastectomy.
The Unbroken actress – who underwent the preventative procedure in February 2013 after being told she had an 87 per cent chance of getting breast cancer – started sobbing during an appearance on French radio station RTL on Monday after a caller had praised her for having the ‘courage and bravery’ to tell the world about her operation.
In response to the caller, Angelina said: “Oh my god. Thank you for this wonderful message. We are all together in this fight. Not only women, but the fathers, the sons who support us in this fight. I was myself inspired by so many women in my life that if I can in any way contribute to help others, I will. “I hope we can continue this discussion. Not only ovarian cancer or breast cancer, but all the health problems that women face. As the young woman said, talking about it removes the taboo. I think we should be proud to talk about it.”
Angelina was moved to tears after the woman rang the radio station to thank her for popularising the taboo subject.
The caller said: “I want to thank Angelina Jolie for having found the courage to say it. And to support this fight with all those we have lost, those who fought and who are real heroines facing the disease. “By this act of courage and bravery, by announcing her choice by assuming, she helps to demystify and popularise a subject that was taboo in France. “She is not only an extraordinary woman, but also an extraordinary mom.”
Angelina Jolie is convinced the experience of turning late Olympian and World War Two hero Louis Zamperini’s life story into a new movie, Unbroken, has made her a better person.
The Wanted star befriended prisoner-of-war Zamperini before his death last year, and she admits meeting him and learning about his harrowing survival story made her make changes in her own life.
She tells The Hollywood Reporter, “I learned to be a better person. I learned to be more open to my fellow man, to understanding, to seeing the other side. I learned that when you have hate and anger and you let it eat you up, it’s only hurting you – it doesn’t hurt your enemy.
“And I learned that when we look at the news today and we see all the things going on in the world and we feel like all is lost that in fact there is great strength. A strong heart and indomitable will and unbreakable spirit that exists in each one of us. It made me face every day and every challenge differently.
“It’s going to make me raise my children differently. Because that fire we see in our children is a great thing, and I certainly was one of those people that thought this fire inside was maybe a bad thing. There is beauty to unrest and fight; we have to teach our children to channel it the right way.
“When Louis had an obstacle, no matter what it was, he thought, ‘Fantastic. I’m not going to be broken’. And broken is not about losing the war; broken is not about failing. Broken is about losing heart and losing sense of who you are and letting life take you off track or make you dark.”
Angelina Jolie ‘didn’t eat much’ on the set of Unbroken.
The 39-year-old actress – who directed the biographical drama about World War II hero, Louis Zamperini – ate like the cast members who played prisoners of war, according to Japanese pop star Miyavi, who plays prison guard, The Bird, in the film.
The 33-year-old singer-turned-actor said: “She came to the set every day, giving advice to the actors, and she actually didn’t eat much [either]. “She was so thin because most of the actors were not able to eat because they’re prisoners in the prison camp.”
Miyavi praised his director’s ‘determination’ and ‘professionalism’, revealing that her attitude throughout the filming process was the reason for its success. He explained: “She was so determined. I was also surprised how skinny she got. You know, she was not eating much. I felt so bad I was the only one who got fat during filming. “I really respect her professionalism, her attitude towards the creation – she’s so determined and passionate. It was intense on set but with her motivation and attitude we were on the same page.”
Jack O’Connell, 24, who plays the title character also revealed how Angelina would help him and try out all of his stunts first – including a scene where he supports the weight of a heavy wooden plank above his head for hours. He told RadioTimes.com: “She did test out all of my stunts before I had to do them. The plank – I’m not sure if that can be regarded as a stunt – but, in any case, she was under it before I turned up on set.”
Four months have passed since Angelina Jolie tied the knot for a third time to her longtime partner, and father to their six children, Brad Pitt, and although the Hollywood actress is loving her family, she recently admitted it is ‘hard work’.
The director of the WWII epic Unbroken spoke candidly about how difficult marriage and motherhood can be with Australian Women’s Weekly, and she even divulged how she and Pitt are constantly trying to better their relationship. “[Brad and I] work really hard at nurturing our family to make sure that everybody is alright and everyone stays connected,” Angelina told the magazine. “Maintaining a marriage and raising kids is hard work.”
Jolie’s latest project is the upcoming marriage-based drama By the Sea, which she also wrote and stars in alongside her husband Brad Pitt. Filmed in Malta just after the couple tied the knot in August, the flick depicts a husband and wife trying to rekindle their dying marriage during a trip to Europe.
As a film schedule can be rather demanding, the Hollywood couple always want at least one of them to be with their six kids, and although this project was tough on their family, Jolie and Pitt tried to let it affect them. “You have to really make sure that your work doesn’t get in the way,” she added. “That you don’t do something that is going to put too much strain on your family.”
The usually private Jolie also opened up about her children Shiloh, Knox, Vivienne, Maddox, Zahara and Pax, and explained how she and Pitt prefer having a night in with their brood rather than partying with the rest of the Hollywood A-Listers. “They’re six of the funniest people we have ever met in our lives,” she said. “We love being home and we love being around them because they are just so entertaining.”
Angelina Jolie found her chickenpox outbreak ‘absurd.’
The 39-year-old actress was forced to miss the premiere of her new film Unbroken last month after she was struck down with the contagious illness and she admits the experience was bizarre. Speaking on the ‘Today’ show this morning, Angelina told Al Roker about coming down with the itchy disease: “It was so absurd. What was even stranger, during the day before, I was doing interviews and I was like, ‘what is happening?!'”
However, the Maleficent was able to rest at home while her husband Brad Pitt, whom she married in August last year, and three of their six children Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, and Shiloh, eight, took the brunette beauty’s place at the premiere. She said of her children: “It was really fun that my kids took the mantle. They took it very seriously when I said, ‘You’ve got to represent mum. You gotta do this for me. You gotta do this for Louie [Zamperini, who passed away aged 97 last year].”
Shiloh even took a special piece of the Olympic champion’s wardrobe with her to the premiere. Angelina added: “She had Louie’s shoe on that he won in 1940.”
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