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Angelina Jolie on 'Unbroken' Story: The Strength of the Human Spirit is Extraordinary

Angelina Jolie on 'Unbroken' Story: The Strength of the Human Spirit is Extraordinary

Angelina Jolie gives a sweet hug to her Unbroken inspiration Louis Zamperini as they sit down for a pre-taped interview on the Today show, which aired today (February 25).

“I imagine that for the last 10-something years, he has been sitting there having a coffee in the morning and wondering who’s going to make this movie,” the 38-year-old actress and director said about World War II hero Louis. “And I’ve been sitting in my room laying there thinking, ‘What am I supposed to be doing with my life? I wanna do something important. I need some help. I need some guidance. Where is it?’ And it was right outside my window.”

“(The world) can seem hopeless and it can seem very overwhelming,” Angelina added. “But the resilience and the strength of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing.”

Watch the interview below…

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  • groundcontrol

    Lovely interview. They certainly light each other up with joy.
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    Brokaw looks good but you see his age nowadays.

  • groundcontrol

    Glad to see it’s Tom Brokaw handling this story and continuing on his Greatest Generation saga.

  • Kelly

    They were so sweet in this segment it brought tears to my eyes. Looking forward to seeing this.

  • Carolyn

    A lovely, intelligent, amazing woman with a golden heart.

  • Carolyn

    I am glad Tom Brokaw did the interview. Looking forward to more when Angie comes back from Lebanon.

  • just_me

    Oh Santa Angelina, she’s such an angel with everyone who are far from her and when she’s in front of a camera. But she can’t forgive her father who had to deliver his Valentine’s pressents for his grand children and her in a parking lot to her body guards…
    Such a golden heart should be able to forgive those who are closer to her.

  • ndn

    Awwww…you can see the love and admiration between Louie and Angie…
    The kiss she planted on his head was so cute…This movie will be amazing…and I’m sure it will bring lots of accolades for our Angie…She’s a force to be reckoned with…her determination and vision to get his story right especially with Louie still alive has made it a huge responsibility on her shoulder…so freaking proud of Angie…December 25 can’t come soon enough….

  • valis202

    That was a lovely interview. You can see the genuine love that Angie and Louie have for each other.

    Angie is just so stunning.

  • Phool.

    BRINGING IT OVER FROM LAST THREAD;
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    Angelina Jolie talks to Tom Brokaw
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    Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY 8:27 a.m. EST February 25, 2014
    And how is Brokaw doing these days?
    Angelina Jolie has a new man in her life.
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    He calls her “honey” and she tells him, “I love you.”
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    He’s Louis Zamperini, 97, the focus of her new film and the subject of the best selling book, Unbroken.
    Jolie is directing the film adaption of the story of the World War II hero and Olympic distance runner, slated for theaters later this year.
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    “Such a huge responsibility to get it right,” she told Tom Brokaw, who presented a story on her and Zamperini on Todayon Tuesday.
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    “I wanted to direct something again,” said Jolie. “I wasn’t sure what. It had to be something I would love and care about because it takes much more time away from your family and much more effort than acting.”
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    She added, “This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” She went on to explain that she it wasn’t easy to land the job. “I pitched my butt off.”
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    And she hopes that the story will send a message. “I think Louis has been very clear about what his message is and certainly the book. I think, for my children, and for everybody, I want to be able to say it can seem dark and it can seem hopeless and it can seem very overwhelming but the resilience and the strength of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing.”
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    The movie seems meant to be as the two turned out to be neighbors in the Los Angeles area. Zamperini can see her house from his. “I’ve been sitting in my room, laying there thinking what am I supposed to be doing with my life,” said Jolie. “I want to do something important. I want to connect, but I need some help. I need some guidance. Where is it? And it was right outside my window.”
    Brokaw promised to follow up with her in coming months as the movie production continues at Universal Studios, oday’s parent company.
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    As for Brokaw’s health? When Savannah Guthrie asked how he’s doing in the wake of his cancer news, all he would say is, “I’m OK.”
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    Shortcut to:http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/02/25/angelina-jolie-tom-brokaw-unbroken-zamperini-hardest-thing/5802253/

  • Shamu

    Saint Ange indeed. I wonder what lies beneath?

  • Phool.

    # ndn @ 02/25/2014 at 8:40 am( reply to post from last thread)
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    bonjour ma belle petite sœur ndn
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    How are You my dear I love the genuine love & affection both Louis & Angie have between them, it just shines through he’s a heart breaker that Louis, Brad better keep an eye on him that’s all I say lol Other wise its going to be fisty cuffs at dawn between the guys lol.
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    Yes the rend boy as you so correctly described Squggy is back doing his paid Photo Ops with his little teapot of a helmet on his head it looks more like a Nazi helmet from WW1.

  • Phool.

    #Rose @ 02/25/2014 at 7:04 am( reply to post from previous thread)
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    Good Morning Rose
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    How are you my dear apologies for yesterday I kept on getting in to moderation hence my no reply back to you, maybe JJ is trying to tell me something, l I know I’m still shameless when I see a window open I get in lol. In regards to the refugee children not knowing who Angie is, yet they could differentiate between genuine love & humbleness from Angie and that’s what exudes from Angie, you see what you get, a decent selfless women whose trying her upmost to help those who are in need, regardless of what race, colour, creed they are from, for her they are ONE.
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    IN regards to you disagreeing with me on Ticky & Squiggy gate-crashing one of the after Oscar parties, my innocent sister that is SO happening, look his a$$ has already been pulled back from NYC just in time for ‘Show Time’ you know how media hungry Ticky is to stay relevant she aren’t letting this opportunity get away after all she fights dirty her words.
    I ‘m laughing at Robin Thick & Pula Patten splitting as if that’s wasn’t foreseen by everyone, its only the amount of time a wife can pretend to turn a blind eye to her husbands philandering with young girls. I guess with all the new fame Robin forgot his family values, by the end of this year believe me people will go Robin who? Yes the fickle world of music industry if he’s got good music that will carry the bandwagon if not he will be along with the one hit wonder people.

  • Bea

    They are such a cute couple! I do think Brad will have to fight Louis for her after all.

    The love and admiration they have for each other is beautiful. I’m glad Angie has him in her life for her and her family – a true gentleman.

    I hope that he will be able to make the premiere and enjoy all of it. He really is a treasure.

  • who

    So sweet. What a loving bond between Louis and Angelina.

  • nellygin

    @Shamu: What lies beneath is a person with a very good soul. You need to take a hick!

  • Radiant Angelina

    @Shamu:

    Goodness and light really repels those of you composed only of evil and darkness doesn’t it?

  • meg

    Her heart appeals to good people who have suffered (unreasonably). She’s a humanitarian. Her dad lives the grand life and “rejected” her and her brother when they were little.

  • Bea

    Good morning JP fans – I was responding in the last thread. Not enough coffee yet.

    I hope you all have a beautiful day.

  • ndn

    Phool. @ 02/25/2014 at 9:48 am

    # ndn @ 02/25/2014 at 8:40 am( reply to post from last thread)

    Yes the rend boy as you so correctly described Squggy is back doing his paid Photo Ops with his little teapot of a helmet on his head it looks more like a Nazi helmet from WW1.

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    Phool you described our lover boy to a tee….I was laughing so hard that I almost choked on the banana…Phool can I hang out with you…you must be a load of fun to be with…

    You’re right…Brad should be worry about Louie…Look at the loving, the kiss and the affection between these two…but seriously joking aside I think it’s such a joy to watch…I think Angie will do Louie proud…

  • Rose

    @Phool.: Remember Louie told Brad he’s going to fight him for Angie, I guess Brad laughed. I forget his reply to the challenge. Phool, I have to run now.@ndn: It’s her engagement ring turned around.

    @#6, I remember seeing Angie’s father sitting at her table when she was honored with her humanitarian Oscar Award in December. … at her table was Brad, MADD, Jon V, her Brother, LZ, one of her security
    guard, and a few others. However, some people is always willing to believe what they read in the weekly rags than what they see with both eyes. If it makes you feel superior, then go for it, knock yourself out.

  • meg

    Louie seems like a very sweet man. Ange maybe would rather have Louie as her dad to love (more) than Jon.

  • meg

    I don’t think 91-year old Louie needs all the money he gets that this film will generate but it’s about history that should just not die with him. Can’t wait for the movie.

  • Radiant Angelina

    @just_me:

    LOL Such silliness you sprout!!!

    What if most of the kids were not even in town but with their other Grands since their Dad and Mom and older brother were in transit to London?

    tsk tsk tsk

    But then you can’t help yourself as obviously you are a member of the FF brain damaged cabel.

  • ndn

    Rose @ 02/25/2014 at 10:00 am

    @Phool.: Remember Louie told Brad he’s going to fight him for Angie, I guess Brad laughed. I forget his reply to the challenge. Phool, I have to run now.@ndn: It’s her engagement ring turned around

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    Damn, you have good eyes Rose…but one can hope right….

  • Ⱦamsin

    Oh the nerve of this shameless vain, arrogant Ho. So Zamperini has done nothing but wait for ten years for someone to tell his story!? Btch please, the book was a hit and has been read by millions of people at this point. The movie, on the other hand, has been in development hell for nearly 50 years. She had to beg for this job and and give up her directorial fee to get it made, and now she’s trying to pass for the mastermind who put it all together? Pffff..

    Yes Ho, you are in need of guidance for sure. It’s called rehab. Drug abuse, anorexia, mental breakdowns, and neglecting your children, what are you waiting for?

  • Ⱦamsin

    The mental patient is not content with exploiting refugees and her own children, so now she’s preying upon the memories of an elderly man who probably forgets about her the minute she leaves him after they finish the photo shoot. Is there anything sacred to this vile woman? Disgusting!

  • Dc

    lovely interview. They are adorable. Two amazing human beings.

    Love ya Angelina <3

  • teehee

    LMAO! Go scream in the ocean troll! Your pain is too obvious! You should reserve your energy Oscars night – you’ll be needing it! I don’t want you to die before seeing the amazing Pittp0rn show! Hahahaha.

  • ndn

    Thanks Phool again for the news and articles….

    doit se remettre au travail … bonne journée mon ami ….:-)

  • Ⱦamsin

    Natalie Portman started directing a movie in Israel early this month and it’s only caught the media’s attention once thus far. There hasn’t been any pap shots of her making big, dramatic gestures on the movie set, or pimping her kid outside of it. No one has written any articles praising her just for “showing up” to work, as if it was something to be surprised about. There hasn’t been any attempts on her part to steal the attention from the cast and crew or the original source, and instead chose to let the book author speak about the project.

    What a class act Natalie Portman is. The attention-starved tattooed demoness has a lot to learn from her.

  • Anon2

    I don’t always agree with Tom Brokaw, but I’m sorry to hear about his cancer.
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    How cute are Angela and Louis Zamperini? I loved how they showed her walking up to his house and letting herself in…the “neighborhood”. lol I wish continued good health on Louis so he can escort his girl, Angelina, on the red carpet of ‘Unbroken’. Angie looks for stories to show people that they have strengths inside and to use that strength to empower themselves, especially if they were a little wild in their youth, like Louis. Not everyone, these days, will help kids or young people to channel that passion in the right direction.
    Isn’t it funny that the “wild”children are also the most emphatic and compassionate? I know my wild girl is….give me the wild child that tests boundaries in youth, thinks for themselves, outside the box, progresses in life and maturity…not regresses or stays emotionally stunted.

    Angelina and Louis walk the walk…not talk, talk, talk and regress further.

  • lissa

    no one cares about natalie portman. everyone is interested in what angelina is doing.

  • Jones

    Such a sweet interview. Their genuine admiration and respect for each other is so lovely to witness. It’s amazing they were neighbor’s for the better part of a decade and didn’t even know it. Angie’s the real deal that’s for sure. Looking forward to Unbroken and thrilled to know Louie’s story will finally be told on the big screen by Jolie.

  • AWHODAT!

    Everyone wonders how Angie manages to be so giving of her time and energy in service to others. Its just so incredible how tireless she is. But for those of us who are her fans and who have read about her personal growth from reputable sources and seen her actions and utterances with our eyes and ears, it is no surprise at all.
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    Everything in nature, including human beings, have the option and opportunity to either grow, stagnate or die. You choose.
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    We know what Angie and Brad have chosen. And we know what her detractors have chosen. As her fans, we know which choice we applaud. And which choice for which we have nothing but contempt and ridicule.
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    And we also know that those who choose to stagnate or choose spiritual and emotional death, come here from their deep dark dense place of hopelessness, envy, jealousy and despair.
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    Thats what “lies beneath” these poor benighted fvckers who come here for some of our light. Hey, we’re not mad at ya, dead-troll-walking. While you breathe, theres hope. Its only been 10 years. Stick around. LMFAO

  • Ⱦamsin

    Who is this “everyone” you’re speaking of Lissa? You mean you and your two dozen aliases? LOL.

    It’s good you noticed how “nobody” cares about Natalie P though, that’s exactly what she meant to do. She’s stepped out of the public life and has instead chosen to disappear into her work. She doesn’t have first cousins who date gossip bloggers in exchange for positive PR, nor does she have to tip any paps to take photos of her as she goes to work on her movie. She cares about the art of filmmaking and is not using people’s struggles and hardships to make herself look good.

    We know the mental patient is a diagnosed psychopath, which explains why she doesn’t have any friends, so now she’s flaunting a business relationship with Zamperini and trying to pass it off as a friendship… how pathetic is that? Besides you loons, only paid lackeys like the jewelery man are willing to say anything positive about her. LOL.

  • kellyf

    I normally find her intolerably pretentious (no I am not camp Aniston, you can dislike one without it having anything to do with the other), but I found this to be one of the more likeable and personable interviews she’s done. I found her really candid and natural and it’s made me really look forward to this film.

  • Phool.

    # 19ndn @ 02/25/2014 at 10:00 am
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    Yes you can hang out with me anytime my sis, the more the merrier. That teapot on Squiggy’s head does him no favours whatsoever only magnifies what a ‘small head he has,’ along with small body parts i.e. those legs wrapped in a 12 year old jeans aren’t doing anyone any favours especially a guy who’s in his Forties. Ndn what I want to say is what’s the point of going to a gym when you can’t build up any muscle tone especially legs & arms. I bet he’s a poser there to, too much grooming in front of the mirrors and less excersing, but considering he’s with another body image parasite Tick so it is any wonder.
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    I just love the love the love & affection that Angie & Louis have, its like watching a granddaughter and grandfather together sharing their love, I bet the kids love him too. Oh god I want to be their neighbour too so I can spy on them both, *did I say that out a load* I meant so that I can be a good neighbour to them both and protect them from any unwanted attention lol.
    Ndn I’m looking forward to the follow up interview with Tom Brokaw & Angie, so glad Brokaw did the interview.

  • Phool.

    # 20Rose @ 02/25/2014 at 10:00 am
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    Louis did challenge Brad to a duel over Angie Brad knows when he’s beaten lol after all Louis is an old Fox.
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    I love to see Troll’s in pain even the Costa Rican is out Bittching and I thought he liked to post at night times LMAO, instead of them celebrating the great reunion of Ticky & Squiggy, yes a fiancée that was parted due no reason whatsoever, yet they are still here on a thread of people they perfuse to hate, looks like some one protests too much in their hatred and devotion sent you say lol.

  • were the morons

    Awe, tampax is having a meltdown. Face it biitch, Angelina is the poo, so take a big whif.

    Good morning Rose and Phool, how are you ladies?

  • were the morons

    The interview isn’t working on my phone. Is anyone else having this problem?

  • Media Wh@re MANiston

    @lissa:

    Don’t you know Tampon believes everyone cares about all other actresses except Angie. Natalie Portman is so famous she turned down Gravity. LMAO!!!!

  • Passing Through

    Awwww…they’re so cute together. I love that Angie went after the job. That she got her pitch together and convinced Universal that she could do the job right – and THEN she met Louis. It’s also hilarious that his house overlooks Brad’s property. Fate really seems to have played a hand in this whole story.

  • lol

    If the movie has been in development that long, how come it has never made to the big screen? Now it will be with Angelina. Dumb*ss. Your hate is doing you no good. You know nothing better but everyday hate. What an ugly sick person you are! Get some help.

  • Passing Through

    # 262 Phool. @ 02/25/2014 at 8:14 am
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    Oh Look the HuvAniston paidwhore is back in LA Posing for his paid pap shot, no Wonder he looks happy. Its only Monday I guess we have a week long photo Ops ahead of us.
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    ++++++++++++++++++++++
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    Uh…I think I said on Sunday that Ticky will porbably be making Oscar weekend party appearances. So of course Squiggy got called back to LA. He probably had it written into his HBO contract…

  • Kim

    Lovely interview

  • iheart

    Louis seems like a sweet, gutsy guy. At 91, he still acts strong and hopeful. This movie should have been made while he was still a little younger perhaps. Anyway, more power to him!

  • Passing Through

    # 13 Bea @ 02/25/2014 at 9:50 am
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    I remember another story when Angie took Brad to meet Louis and they interviewer said as they were leaving Louis put up his fists like he was going to fight Brad for Angie and Brad laughed.

  • Passing Through

    # 26 Ⱦamsin @ 02/25/2014 at 10:14 am
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    I see poor Tampon is going off her spool again. One little interview with 2 old men and Tampon’s having a conniption fit. Meanwhile we’re still waiting for her to explain why she deleted her IMDB and Duh-listed posts after Wonderbust busted her fraudulent ass…

  • twinkie

    Angie had longed for a father figure in her life. And knowing about that man’s life, makes her connect with him easily like she connects with many refugees in war-torn countries. it’s what she does.

  • skankalina

    yankin’ it ?

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