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Angelina Jolie & Her 'Unbroken' Stars Discuss the Message of the Movie on 'Today' - Watch Now!

Angelina Jolie & Her 'Unbroken' Stars Discuss the Message of the Movie on 'Today' - Watch Now!

Angelina Jolie and the stars of her film UnbrokenJack O’Connell and Miyavi – sit down for an interview on the Today show on Tuesday (December 9) in New York City.

The 39-year-old actress and director will also be featured on a special tonight on NBC titled Angelina Jolie: Unbroken, where she discusses the film with Tom Brokaw.

“You do want to send a message with this film,” Tom said. “About values, and about a different time in our lives.”

“We are losing these men and women,” she said of the World War II generation. Their commitment to their community, their family, their faith – it’s extraordinary,” Angelina said.

Watch below…

FYI: Angelina is wearing an Everlane cashmere tunic and Dana Rebecca Designs earrings. Miyavi is wearing Ermenegildo Zegna Couture.

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  • Myskina

    Old skull

  • Myskina
  • Dawne

    just flag this hater; it’ll disappear like a puff of smoke in gale force winds.

  • gemdiamond

    Go away! You’re a bad person. And you’ll be treated as such. Collapse, ignore and flag from me

  • Anon2

    Louie Z. would have been so proud of Angelina, Jack, Miyavi and the rest of the cast of ‘Unbroken’ Thankful for the crew of the film and all involved. Thank you to all veterans and especially those who continue to build “bridges” after those wars. Forgiveness and understanding.

  • Bwest

    Great woman! Sweet dame! I hope sucess in your work, great film!

  • Bwest

    Most inteligent person in LA! Great interwiew!

  • trt

    Troll is so crazy about Angie…LOL! Can’t stand to be out of her threads and can’t stay away from her appearances on TV or movies. If they were this vigilant and as interested in ticky, then their idol could have enjoyed some popularity…… and box office money.

    Go, Angie. Keep on trucking!!!

  • Bwest

    Brad is a luck husband! Mother proud for your family!

  • Mindy

    Why are you laughing ?
    did you even know what Japanese done in the second world war ? you are beyond stupid

  • trt

    Too bad Jared can’t buy the pics of Angie and Viv., Can somebody please post the link here on this thread so others can see it? Thank you.

  • Dawne
  • Myskina

    The girl is so UGLY

  • anustin


  • gemdiamond

    If that is ‘ugly’, then let me be as ‘ugly’ as Miss Vivienne Jolie-Pitt

  • anustin

    They can’t stay away from our assez…….whatever I’ve made/done/did….. Annoying!

  • Rose from Temecula

    Good Morning to all the loyal fans of the lovable Jolie-Pitt couple.

  • Juliana

    ‎@GuyLodge It’s impossible to take seriously a person who considers The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Rock of Ages a fresh movie.

    @GuyLodge Not to mention that the background image of your twitter reveal much, why you are opposed to Unbroken…. Ethics zero.

    @Fas_de_Angie Perhaps the most effective way of demonstrating how little regard you have for me would be ignoring me altogether

    @GuyLodge Okay, I’ll ignore you, but just answer me one thing, Aniston paid to you, so you write these things Jolie movie?

    ‎@Fas_de_Angie Profitable as it would be to get paid for my opinions by celebrities, they don’t need such assistance, and neither do I.

    Ps:If celebrities do not need, so why they send cupcakes …

  • Juliana

    This creature does this on all post celebrity women …

  • Myskina

    She’ll need many surgeries like her mom LOL

  • JPFamily

    Beautiful pic of Angie, Louie and Tom

    Robin Oelkers ‏@robinoelkers 1h

    @tombrokaw #AngelinaJolie and @LouisZamperini for the @NBCNews doc airing tonight @UnbrokenFilm #Unbroken

  • lurker

    I have him on my twitter but I ignored him I unfollow him lol

  • pi

    Let’s ignore that asshole!!!

  • JPFamily

    Angelina Jolie: Brad Pitt doesn’t want our children to get tattoos

    “It’s especially hard for dads and girls,” the Unbroken director tells Radio Times. “For some reason men get a little more sensitive when the daughter gets a tattoo”

    By Susanna LazarusTuesday 9 December 2014 at 08:00PM

    Both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt boast a collection of tattoos, but the director of upcoming WWII film Unbroken has revealed her new husband is against their kids sharing their love of body art.

    Of the couple’s children – Vivienne and Knox, both six, Shiloh, eight, and their adopted siblings Zahara, nine, Pax, 11, and Maddox, 13 – the actress has already turned down her eldest’s request, but now Zahara is getting inquisitive, a prospect that is horrifying her father.

    “They’re already asking me about tattoos,” Jolie tells Radio Times. “How do I say ‘No’? It’s especially hard for dads and girls. For some reason men get a little more sensitive when the daughter gets a tattoo. And Brad thinks the girls can do no wrong. He’s mush in their hands!”

    The couple also have strong opinions on whether or not their brood will follow their famous parents into the acting profession. “We’ve always said, if they want to act, we won’t let them only act, because it’s not enough. They’ll have to find a real job at the same time. But I’m hoping that when they see all the other things in the world, they’ll be inspired to be writers, politicians, activists.

    “They’re very individual people. So I imagine they’re not going to follow their mum and dad.”

    Jolie and Pitt’s next project is By the Sea, a film penned and directed by the actress who will star opposite her real-life husband. It will mark the first time the pair have acted on screen together since 2005′s Mr and Mrs Smith, when, as Pitt’s marriage to Jennifer Aniston fell apart, they fell in love.

    “It feels a little daunting,” says Jolie. “We haven’t worked together for ten years. But all of the reasons why people say we should be scared of it, we feel that’s exactly why we have to do this – because we can. So we’re going to go boldly.”

    Is Jolie anxious about the prospect of being Pitt’s boss on set? “He’s a pretty strong actor! It’s going to be interesting. He’s a really great artist, such an interesting artist, and of course he’s the man I love, so I think we’re going to have a great time.”

  • Aj

    Old interview? By The Sea is past, not future.

  • Anon2

    The JP kids are getting so big….Pax and Z, the pic of Angie and Vivi is so beautiful. Viv’s love for her mama almost make you cry and Angelina is an awesome mom! Brad Pitt was right, smartest thing he ever did was choosing Angie as the mother of his kids!……………………I just read X’s new article and all I can say is…da*n skippy, da*n right Brad! Thank you for Making It Right in so many areas of your life. Dame Angie rocks.

  • shazia35

    Robin Oelkers @robinoelkers · 6h6 hours ago
    @tombrokaw #AngelinaJolie and @LouisZamperini for the @NBCNews doc airing tonight @UnbrokenFilm #Unbroken

  • shazia35

    UnbrokenVerified account‏@UnbrokenFilm
    From an American air field to a prisoner in Japan, Louie will find himself far from home. #UnbrokenMovie

  • shazia35

    Please plese posters can we STOP promoting negativity, and comunicating to and fro with people who clearly are Brad & Angie Haters…I thought the discussion ended two threads ago, yet here I see its being dug promoting Brad & Angie haters by mentioning their names up again like if life depended upon it.WHY?
    Plaese just stop it, dont waste time iun responding to TROLLS, lets concentrat on all things positive and celebrate Louie’s Movie, rejoyce his life, be happy for Angie for making Luoies 50 year old dream come true.

  • shazia35

    The Untitled Mag ‏@TheUntitledMag 5h5 hours ago
    #AngelinaJolie opened up to @TheUntitledMag about her latest #film @UnbrokenFilm. Read more:

  • shazia35

    WWII Memorial Friend‏@WWIIMemorial
    Vietnam vet and ABMC Secretary Max Cleland at DC screening of UNBROKEN about #WWII veteran Louis Zamperini.

  • shazia35

    Thomas Sanders @Tomsandersphoto · 2h2 hours ago
    My portrait of Louie Zamperini will be shown on NBC Dateline tonight at 10PM. The show title is “Unbroken- A Real St…

  • shazia35

    ✟Fighter ‏@Unbroken_Hope 21h21 hours ago
    If God gave you breath today then you have a purpose to furfill here on earth!

  • shazia35

    Mike McGranaghan ‏@aisleseat Dec 6
    Mark my words: Once UNBROKEN opens, everyone is going to be talking about the Japanese actor Miyavi. He does breakthrough work.


    Thanks for this great little teaser interview, JPFamily. I’m just laughing out loud at the cretin who rushed to respond to your post……can u explain how a movie thats not even finished yet, and definitely wont reach theatres til sometime in 2015, can be considered to be “of the past” “not [the] future”? LMFAO

    Jeeebus, WHY! must these cretinous imbeciles come here and bare their stupid naked ignorant azzzzes to us on this JP fan site??!!

    Srsly, I would need an entire year to begin to consider the likelihood of maybe perhaps possibly making an attempt to contemplate the miasma that constitutes what passes for their ‘mind’.

  • anustin

    Phool ,Rose ,LLM, drop by ladies!

  • shazia35

    Exclusive: Louie Zamperini’s Daughter Doubts Anyone Today Could Survive What Her Dad Survived
    New York, NY — You may have heard of World War Two hero Louie Zamperini, whose story is told beautifully in Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010New York Times bestseller, “Unbroken.” But, this Christmas, audiences will be able to watch his miraculous life unfold on screen. Director Angelina Jolie broke what some have called the ‘movie curse.’ After Zamperini’s life story was tossed around in Hollywood for years, Jolie finally committed to the project and what resulted is the two-hour heart wrenching epic, “Unbroken.” Zamperini’s daughter, Cynthia Garris, spoke withTownhall at a press junket in New York on Friday, sharing how her dad’s fortitude and faith pulled him through the toughest trials of his life, and how it took an A-list movie star to finally bring his story to the silver screen.

    It’s impossible to relate his whole experience here, but here is just a taste of what Zamperini survived: A plane crash in the Pacific Ocean, floating in a life raft with two fellow airmen for 47 days, and being tortured by “the Bird,” a POW guard who was ruthlessly obsessed with him, beating him every chance he had. Considering all her dad went through, Garris finds it hard to believe that anyone today who endured what he endured could come out alive today.

    The making of this film was a really long process, it took years. That’s kind of a testament to your dad’s life – that patience and endurance really pay off. How did you feel when you learned the film was finally being made?

    “I kept thinking it was finally being made for the last maybe five years, they first had Francis Lawrence slated to direct it. I was managing my father’s career so I was there for those meetings and I thought that was going to happen and it was just taking a long time. It was in development still and he left to do another film that was offered to him and then we waited awhile and then a Norwegian directors’ team were slated to direct it and I was very excited about them. It looked like they were going to do it and all of a sudden I got a call from Matt Baer, the film’s producer, saying, ‘You’re not going to believe this, but I just got off the phone with Angelina Jolie. We talked for two hours, she read the book twice, without stopping.’ And I’m thinking, ‘A movie star? Has she ever directed before?’”

    In fact, Jolie had directed one film prior to “Unbroken,” called “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” But, her reservations were justified considering she wanted to get her dad’s story right. That’s when Baer assured her Jolie was the right person for the job.

    “Matt said, ‘I haven’t spoken to one other director who had the vision that she has. She is brilliant beyond words and her passion. So, his being convinced, since he had been on the film for so many years, trying so hard to get it done, he convinced me. So I relaxed about it and then I thought, ‘Okay, I’ve got to break this to my brother. Now I’m not going to say, ‘Luke, Angelina Jolie is going to direct the movie because that will throw him off, so I called him up and I said, ‘They found their director and it’s a person with a lot of passion and fantastic vision for the whole thing, better by far than any other director’s vision, and my brother’s thinking, ‘Who is it? Who is it?’ I just wanted to kind of build it up to it to say, ‘Angelina Jolie,’ and he just loved the idea. He got behind it 100 percent.”

    As for her dad’s relationship with Jolie, Garris said it was an instant connection.

    “After we first met with her, we all met her the same time she met Louie and for the two of them love at first sight. She was more in love with Louie first, because he was still reeling from getting a kiss on the lips from Catherine Zeta-Jones, because they were both on the Tonight Show and so he was reeling from that. And you know, he still had it. He was 96 years old at the time, but he still had an eye for the ladies. But, it was love at first sight between them and I could tell it was going to be a fantastic journey.”

    I want to ask a couple of questions about your dad’s ordeal. What role do you think his faith played in his survival? Both when he was going through the camps and after, when he was dealing with alcoholism. It seemed like finding Christ in those times got him through those ordeals.

    “It’s interesting, he was raised Catholic. He didn’t become a Christian until he came home. So what he did was he noticed that Phil prayed a lot on the raft and what we’ve been told, is if you’ve ever been brought to your knees by something that happened to you in your life, that everybody will turn to God when they have no place else to turn. So, he was terrified at times during horrific storms at sea and he would pray, ‘If you get me through this, I will seek you and serve you for the rest of my life.’ When he got back from the war, he forgot about that promise. The PTSD hit him very hard. Nightmares every single night, he dreamt he was strangling The Bird and that his goal in life, even though he was newlywed, and I was his first child, I was still an infant – his goal in life was to save enough money to go back to Japan, find the Bird and kill him. He felt medicated by drinking a lot, because they didn’t even have a name for what these wonderful warriors what they were going through. Basically, you were on your own to deal with this.”

    “My mother was going to leave him – take me and leave him. Then a few friends of theirs invited them to go to hear Billy Graham speak. At the time, he was an unknown evangelist traveling in a tent. And so my father wouldn’t go. My mother went, became a Christian and told my father, ‘I’m not going to leave you because I’m now with the Lord and but I want you to come with me.’ So he grudgingly went. She brought him there – he got up and walked out. He didn’t want to hear about it. She brought him back again. He was on his way out a second time, when he remembered that promise that he’d made, ‘I’ll seek you and serve you if you get me out of this.’ And, it basically humbled him and he accepted Christ that night. He says all the nightmares stopped – he never had another one for the rest of his life. It just filled his heart with what he needed the most. I never heard him swear. I heard him say, ‘damn’ once when I was an adult and I almost fell over. I was in shock. He must be really mad if he said, ‘damn!’ He never drank, he was a wonderful, dutiful father and husband. It had a powerful impact on him and I just think he needed it so desperately and if you were talking to him right now he’d be able to look back on his whole life and think of all the times he almost died but didn’t. From the time he was a little boy, all the way through. He sees it all as a series of miracles. The hand of God was guiding his life to serve a greater purpose. I often envied him and he could see exactly what it was about and knew exactly what he was here to do. It was the most important thing to him.”

    There’s a great picture of Louie skateboarding. He took up skateboarding in his seventies. Are there any other adventures he pursued or risks he took that a lot of people might not know about?

    “When he got back from the war, it’s in his new book, which is called, “Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In,” you’d think he’d never want to be on a boat again, or never eat Japanese food again. But, he went right out on an amazing sailing adventure that went from San Pedro, California, all the way down to Acapulco and all of that West Coast of Mexico, it was not developed into the resort type places that it is today. So they were going to little fishing villages, they were caught in white squall and blown out to sea and the headlines said, ‘Zamperini Missing at Sea Again.’ Then, he took up skiing and it became his passion sport because he couldn’t run anymore. He could ski anything – the steepest of mountains. He loved mountain climbing, repelling, whitewater rafting, he started his own boys’ camp because he wanted to give back and he wanted to help other delinquent boys, because he had been one in his youth and he wanted to deliver the gospel to them by taking them out into the wilderness and showing them how to survive, hunt, fish, mountain climb and present his story of salvation and survival. In his last few years, he loved going and speaking on cruise ships and he had a couple of those boys who had grown up and were there.”

    Do you think men and women today could have survived what your dad survived?

    “No, I don’t. I don’t think during World War Two, they had the kind of training that makes a Navy Seal or a para-rescue person. These are exemplary men and women who put through the most rigorous training and they’re all eliminated until you’ve just got the few who can do anything. But, back in that day, I think my father and a lot of those men were just boys. They grew up really fast, because they grew up in the Depression and then the war came and they had to be men. Whereas these days, our young men sometimes remain boys well into their thirties. They just don’t have the kind of challenges. So, unless you are in an elite part of the military, I don’t think that your average trained military person would survive and have those skills. But, I may be wrong. But, I have a feeling it was just something very special that he had. Because of him, the other two fellows, survived. They both would have drowned. He had the resourcefulness to get the raft, pull them out of the water and keep them alive as long as he could.”

    I read the book and each page my jaw dropped open. I think I was on page 300 and it read, ‘After all Louie endured, this was the worst.’

    “Once he’s in the prison camp, you think, ‘Oh I wish he were back on the life raft!’ That seemed luxurious, they were free. Listen, I knew him all my life and I thought I knew everything about his story, but I was reading that book was powerfully emotional for me and my brother and we learned, the way she wrote it, it’s just such an intimate and graphic description of what he went through. Louie was not the kind of man who would talk about all his suffering during the war. We knew basically the basics of it. But, he was just too fine a person to belabor the point of all of the excruciating suffering, horrible things that were done to him. So to read that, it was really painful and awakening and enlightening for us. I felt like I was the most privileged person because I could call him up anytime I wanted and say, ‘I love you!’ And ask him more questions about what I just read.”

    One of the most powerful quotes in “Unbroken” comes when Hillenbrand writes, ‘The war ended for Louie when he forgave the Bird.’ Is forgiveness something that your dad instilled in you and Luke growing up?

    “He loved that saying that, ‘Hating someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.’ It only hurts you, they go on with their lives, and there’s all this hatred inside you and it’s just killing you, like it was killing him. He was losing his whole life, he was losing his young bride and his infant daughter. So he lived it. He was the embodiment of it. He was a wonderful role model for us. He would drop anything to help anyone – a stranger in need. He continued to rescue lots of people throughout our life, including me. He saved me from drowning once. I know it feels horrible to have resentment against people, so I always try to let it go. And my father would actually, he would pray for his enemies, or pray for people who had done wrong to him, and that’s a wonderful way to let it out of you. So he taught us that as well.”

    “Unbroken” opens nationwide on Christmas Day.

  • shazia35

    American Horror Story’s Finn Wittrock on Unbroken and My All American
    Extra Mustard: How long were you guys on the water for the stranded-at-sea scenes?
    Finn Wittrock: We actually shot it kind of in two chunks, because we shot the second half first, the emaciation half. That was about 10 days. And then I went away, I ate a lot, I got fat, and then came back and did the opening. And that was about another week. But we were mostly in a water tank; we only had a very few days out on the open water.

    EM: Oh man, I just wanted to give you guys some ChapStick.
    FW: Ha, yeah, we had a great makeup department. There were kind of four stages of skin deprivation from the sun. First you get kind of blistery and puffy, and then you get old-man crinkly and gross and dehydrated.

    EM: How long did you have to spend in makeup for that?
    FW: A couple hours every morning. We had pretty early call times because Roger Deakins, who is the brilliant cinematographer, has a very specific view of how he wants the light to be, so we’d have to be there at dawn. So we’d have to show up on set for makeup at like 3 a.m.

    EM: I was going to ask you about the emaciation scenes. You looked pretty rough.
    FW: Yeah, yeah, they really aged me.

    EM: How did you train for that?
    FW: Not eating helps. (laughs). I was kind of on my own at first. I was in New York City at the time. Just basically cutting calories in general. Lot of coffee. And then we had a really good nutritionist who came on and basically gave us a protocol, and that was a big relief because then I had a healthier way of doing it, with protein and lots of vegetables. And once we were in Australia, every meal was provided for, so there wasn’t the war of willpower. When you’re in New York, it’s hard to resist the urge to eat pizza.

    EM: Because your movie My All American is in post right now, right?
    FW: Yeah.

    EM: Which did you shoot first?
    FW: Unbroken was first, and then My All American shot this summer.

    EM: One of the most surprising moments in Unbroken is when your character, Mac, beats a shark back into the water with an oar. Up until that point, he’d been nearly catatonic. What do you think happened?
    FW: I think after he has his moment of panic and eats their rations, which is his sort of tragic downfall, I think he went into an inward spiral of guilt, and that actually deteriorated his body. The other guys were keeping their minds sharp, they were trying to stay active, stay hopeful. They were quizzing each other on World Series statistics, talking about everything to keep their minds sharp. Mac started to lose his mind. There were days that he just wouldn’t talk at all.

    Once his mind started to go, his body followed. I think that’s a big part of the movie, that Louie never lets his mind go, and that allows his body to somehow stay resilient. I think at the end of his life, [Mac] found, I think from Louie’s example, he found this inner reserve of strength to fight back the sharks and actually save Louie’s life. Louie even said later that they couldn’t have patched up that boat with all those bullet holes and fended off the sharks, which would surely have killed them if they only had two guys. They wouldn’t have made it. Mac saved their lives, and it ended up costing him his own, because I think that was literally the last bit of energy in his body, because three days later, he was gone.

    EM: And he knew. He said he could feel it.
    FW: Yeah. That’s a real thing. He really asked Louie, “Am I gonna die?” And Louie felt like he couldn’t lie to him. He owed it to him to tell the truth, and not fake hopefulness. So he said, “Yeah, I think you are. What do you think you need to do?” If he had something he needed to do or say, or peace he needed to make. Yeah, that last scene is, I think, pretty accurate to what really happened.

    EM: The whole movie seems pretty accurate to the book.
    FW: Yeah, it is.

    EM: How do you begin researching a real historical character like that, especially when you can’t talk to them?
    FW: We had the great gift of having a book that was exhaustively researched. It’s so thorough. It was a constant reference point and source of inspiration. Whenever I was in doubt, the answer was in the book 99% of the time. And I had the great fortune of getting to meet Louie.

    EM: He passed away this year, right?
    FW: Yeah just a few months ago, actually. But he was around before we started, and we got to go talk to him. It becomes a whole lot more real when the guy that you’re playing died in front of the man you’re talking to. When you’re talking to a guy who watched your character starve to death, it’s really mind-blowing. The sense of having to do justice to his spirit was really strong.

  • Passing Through

    Dawne busted • 7 hours ago

    this is how women should dress as they near forty, have an international life…you watch, we are going to see a sea change in HW in terms of how women dress………..they are going to take it down an notch………button up a bit……..a new trend, fans…..


    Class over ass will NEVER rule HW or the enertainment industry in general. Sex sells and nothing sells like sex. Besides – most of these woman know they can’t compete with Angie. And not just that – they can’t carry it off with the elan and pinache that Angie does. Look at how everybody made fun of Ticky for trying to wear that button-up blouse with the bow. She goes out in a coochie-skimming dress and everybody says it’s age inappropriate but nobody says she looks stoopid (except us). And then there’s the rest of the over-40 try-hard crowd – Gwen Stefani, JLo, Madge, Putrid, etc. They’re all still dressing like they’re half their ages. I don’t see them changing style anytime soon. JLO put the ass away? NOt gonna happen. She’ll be 55 and still using her ass as prop. See: 56 year-old Madge and whatever crap she’s wearing these days…

  • shazia35

    You are right sex sells and it will carry on in good old HW, even Maddona can’t stop showing her t–ts and she’s what 160 year old.

  • Passing Through

    fyi • 7 hours ago

    cr jps

    Unbroken Movie billboards


    Damn. Uni’s spending a buttload of money on the advertising. They’re probably spending as much on P&A as the production budget. I shouldn’t say that out loud because now the trolls will be claiming that Unbroken needs to make $2 TRILLION to make a profit…

  • Passing Through

    shazia35 • 6 hours ago

    THERE IS A VIDEO Angelina Jolie Jumps Over The Bushes To Greet Her Fans


    ROTFLMAO. “Jumps Over Bushes?” X17 is such freaking liars. I guess the simple truth – “Angelina Jolie STEPS OVER PLANTS To Greet Her Fans” just isn’t sensational or dramatic enough. People are going to look at the pix anyway because it’s Angie so they don’t need to carry on with a bunch of over-the-top hyperbole.

  • Passing Through

    shazia35 • 6 hours ago

    NBC News ‏@NBCNews 1h1 hour ago
    Tonight: Angelina Jolie talks with Tom Brokaw in NBC News special ‘Angelina Jolie: Unbroken’



    (Waving at BBOQ…)

  • JPFamily

    Lol at Hammond

    Pete Hammond ‏@DeadlinePete 2 hrs2 hours ago

    Had a blast moderating Angelina Jolie and cast for big Universal Academy-heavy screening of the great Unbroken last night at Annenberg in BH

  • JPFamily

    Thanks, you made lol!

  • JPFamily

    Kieran Stanbridge ‏@Stanbridge_K 18 mins

    I am absolutely speechless, I have NEVER been so moved and inspired by a film. #Unbroken is a must see, based on a true story in WW2!

  • JPFamily

    Oscar Watch: Will Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ Break Out Of The Best Picture Pack?

    by Pete Hammond

    December 1, 2014 6:09am

    Angelina Jolie had one key goal, I believe, in bringing Unbroken to the screen, and that was to do right by the remarkable life of Louis Zamperini. Simple as that. And that she has accomplished in every way. This was clearly evident as the filmgot its local sendoff Sunday afternoon with multiple screenings for guild and Oscar voters as well as the pundit crowd, which couldn’t wait to jump on Twitter to give an instant verdict on the film’s Oscar chances.

    After all, this one is a big target, as it is the last realistic Best Picture contender to debut and it has been handicapped, virtually since it went into production, as the one to beat. Is it? Who knows?

    Some viewers sent off mixed vibes afterward, though most seemed at the very least to admire it. A few cautioned about the realistic scenes of torture that Zamperini, played magnificently by Jack O’Connell, endured at the hands of the prison camp’s evil officer, known as The Bird and portrayed effectively by Japanese rock superstar Miyavi (who admitted he had never before acted and didn’t even start to learn English until a few years ago). Those scenes, while intense, seem wholly necessary to really show what this WWII hero and ultimate survivor went through. I sat transfixed throughout the 2-hour-and-17-minute running time. A person next to me complained about the torture but hey, the movie is called Unbroken for a reason. Jolie thankfully doesn’t sugarcoat the violent aspects of the story (as Steven Spielberg also refused to do in Saving Private Ryan’s harrowing D-Day invasion scenes). And nor should she. Zamperini lived through this all somehow. The least you can do is watch it to understand his incredible resilience. It gave me renewed respect for the horrors to which many of our fathers and grandfathers were subjected — and certainly even since then, in numerous other wars right up to today and the unimaginable terror coming out of the Middle East.

    But this movie is not primarily about the horrors of war. We have seen that many times. Unbroken is about so much more. It’s not just about the survival of this man, it is about sheer willpower and belief in yourself. Zamperini’s incredible story brought me to tears at least twice, even more so for the exemplary life he led after making it through unspeakable conditions. It’s a shame he didn’t live to see it finally hit the big screen, though at the post-screening Q&A Jolie said she did show the film to him on her laptop shortly before he died earlier this year at age 97. And what was his review? She basically begged off that question saying, “you’re watching somebody at a certain point in their life, toward the end of their life, watching their whole life unfold. And you’re sitting there as they do it.”

    Sitting directly across the aisle from me today was his daughter Cynthia, son Luke, and grandson Clay, as well as horror filmmaker Mick Garris, his son-in-law who originally made a non-fiction film on his father-in-law’s life. He is credited as an Executive Producer on this one as well.

    That documentary version aside, Zamperini’s story has taken nearly 60 years to get to the screen as producer Matthew Baer said at the Q&A, which in addition to Jolie included O’Connell, Miyavi and cinematographer Roger Deakins. Co-stars Garrett Hedlund and Domnhall Gleeson (absolutely superb) joined the earlier SAG Q&A. Talk about perseverance. At one time in 1957 Universal had planned to make it with Tony Curtis in the lead. It was only when Laura Hillenbrand wrote the definitive book, and then Jolie found a cinematic way into it, that we have finally gotten this version. And what amovie. The sheer craft of filmmaking is all over this one. It is beautifully directed by Jolie, who definitively proves, after a promising but largely unseen helming debut with In The Land Of Blood And Honey, that she has the chops behind the camera as well as in front of it. She pulls off highly difficult scenes in shark-infested waters, as well as in the confined spaces of a B-24 bomber, not to mention finding just the right tone for those grim prison camp scenes.

    And it certainly doesn’t hurt to have 11-time Oscar nominated cinematographer Deakins as your DP. Or Tim Squyres (Life Of Pi) and William Goldenberg (Argo)doing the editing. Or Joel and Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson as the collective that turned out the sharp screen adaptation of Hillenbrand’s best seller. Or that Alexander Desplat contributes yet another great score. And on and on. Its awards prospects appear to be strong in a year where no clear front runner has completely dominated the conversation. There’s no question Universal plans to give this Christmas Day release its full firepower.

    As WWII movies go I have a lot of favorites: The Great Escape, The Bridge On The River Kwai, The Guns Of Navarone, Patton, Pork Chop Hill, Saving Private Ryan, King Rat and yet another from this year, Fury (ironically starring Jolie’s husband, Brad Pitt). AddUnbroken to my list, and for a very different reason. This movie is inspiring for the sheer way Zamperini conducted himself then, a spiritual approach that becomes very moving to watch, particularly in a scene where a beaten Zamperini is forced at gunpoint to hold an enormously heavy object aloft without dropping it. Yes, it can be grueling but it is also remarkably life-affirming, something that instantly connected Jolie to an epic story that she has given a personal human touch.

    “Reading (Hillenbrand’s) book it wasn’t about heroics and it wasn’t about this giantadventure this man lived,” she said. “It was about what he came to understand in his life, and as I read the book I became inspired, and I felt better about life and I was reminded of the strength of the human spirit. And I was reminded that anytime I would see an obstacle to try and smile at it and make me better. And this is what Louie gave us. And so I really wanted to be around this story, to understand his story, to honor walking in his footsteps. What would that be? Really, I wanted to share his story and shout it from the rooftops.”

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    shazia35 • 5 hours ago

    LOL, at the photo of Juila Roberts as face of Givenchy’s, she looks pissed . Is it me or have actresses like Julia started wearing trousers suits since Angie wore her Tux at the BAFTA’s and Elle Magazine seems like everyone is copying her and failing at it


    Damn. What a sourpuss. Ole Hyena Laugh looks like someone told her they were taking back the Erin Brockovich Oscar because the accounting firm made an error and the real winner is Juliette Binoche for Chocolat. Either that or she just found out Danny Moder’s divorce wasn’t legal and Vera’s suing her for defamation for wearing that “A Low Vera” t-shirt…

    PS – She looks stoopid in those clothes. Especially that sheer black lace blouse. Angie she ain’t.

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