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Coldplay's Song 'Miracles' From the Angelina Jolie Film 'Unbroken' Hits the Web - Listen Now!

Coldplay's Song 'Miracles' From the Angelina Jolie Film 'Unbroken' Hits the Web - Listen Now!

Coldplay just released their brand new song “Miracles” which is featured in the movie Unbroken!

Unbroken, which is directed by Angelina Jolie and stars Jack O’Connell, Garrett Hedlund, Miyavi, and more, will hit theaters on Christmas Day. Take a listen to the song below!

Meanwhile, Chris Martin, Coldplay‘s front man, just revealed they are working on their seventh studio album, and hinted that it could be their last together!

Be sure to check out Unbroken when it hits theaters – and pay special attention for “Miracles” during your viewing!


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  • nani

    I wish Unbroken was nominated for the Oscar award. Love Angie.

  • mandisadisquses

    No.
    No to this.
    No to Ghost Stories.
    No to Mylo Xyloto.
    No to X&Y.
    No.

  • Myskina

    unbroken = 0 nominations hahaha. I feel bad for Coldplay

  • TeamBella76

    Sounds like everything else they’ve done.

  • Bwest

    Great song! I love this!

  • Bwest

    I believe in miracles…make it rigth!

  • JPFamily

    Love the song, Coldplay have done an awesome job, and will be there on opening day supporting Angie, her cast and crew and Unbroken.

    Bringing over from last thread.

    Oh well, nothing at all for Angie and Unbroken and Maleficent nor Brad and Fury, at least Selma has a shot, congrats to the movie, Plan B and all associated with it.
    Real sense of deja vu with yesterday, at the same name getting a nod, and think the same will happen Jan 15 at Oscar noms.
    Wish I could say I’m surprised but I’d be lying, so another show without the J-Ps , as can’t see them attending, and they won’t be there for a media “circus” – yeah I won’t be watching either.
    Welcome back, Phool!

  • JPFamily

    Valerie Vande Panne ‏@asktheduchess 48 mins

    I will see #Unbroken, because if its writers Joel & Ethan Coen had directed it, the criticism would be non-existent. #supportwomeninfilm

  • Anon2

    I like the song. ‘Unbroken’ is about the life of Louis Zamperini. More about him…. http://www.religionnews.com/2014/12/09/billy-graham-louis-zamperini-two-nights-1949-changed-lives/

  • JPFamily

    Coldplay ‏@coldplay 6 hrs

    We’re pleased to unveil Miracles, Coldplay’s new song from the upcoming @UnbrokenFilm. The track is out on Monday.

  • Anon2
  • JPFamily

    http://features.aol.com/video/angelina-jolie-why-she-was-drawn-story-unbroken

    Video at link

    Angelina Jolie on why she was drawn to the story of ‘Unbroken’

    Angelina Jolie shares her thoughts on the late Louis Zamperini, an American World War II prisoner of war survivor and Olympic distance runner. His extraordinary story of survival and resilience changed Jolie’s life and inspired Unbroken. “Louis’ story is all of our stories,” Jolie says. “We’ve all been in that moment where we just want to give up … But [Louis] decided at one point in his life that he was going to get back up every time he was pushed down … he became an inspiration to the world.”

    “I came across Unbroken, and loved it so much,” Jolie continues. “I was so inspired by Louis’ life. I had this fever to be a part of it. I wanted to walk in his footsteps and take this journey.”

  • JPFamily

    There is a BAFTA LA screening this evening for Unbroken, not sure if there’s a Q&A with Angie and cast.

    Thu Dec 11th Unbroken

    Running time 137mins
    Rated PG-13.

    For full details, and to RSVP,
    click here to enter the Members-only section.

    http://www.baftala.org/screenings/current/

    ChristianIllingworth ‏@RadioBlagger 2 hrs

    Off to a BAFTA screening of Unbroken this eve. #workperks

  • AWHODAT

    Lovely song. Love Chris’ voice.

  • JPFamily

    jenelleriley

    14 hours ago

    DIFRET screening and Q&A with Angelina Jolie and filmmakers. Really powerful movie that is the Ethiopian Oscar entry.

    http://instagram.com/p/wdGvajNL3x/

    Dennys Ilic ‏@Dennydenn 11 hrs West Hollywood, CA

    Great screening of @UnbrokenFilm. Thank u once again @australiansfilm! Amazing story & Jolie is a marvelous director!

  • gemdiamond

    Nice song. Suits ‘Unbroken’ well

  • JPFamily

    Glenn Lovell ‏@CinemaDope 3 hrs

    major oversight in #GoldenGlobe noms — Coldplay’s “Miracles” theme for #Unbroken.” Did foreign press vote before song was made available?

    Diane ‏@FollowMal 4 hrs

    Sad that #Unbroken didn’t get a Golden Globe nod. The story is something this world needs right now to awaken our higher selves.

  • AWHODAT

    Thanks for this. Great to see some behind the scenes, ‘making of’ vid

  • JPFamily

    http://www.breastcancercampaign.org/articles/comment-on-angelina-jolie-effect-study?

    BreastCancerCampaign ‏@BCCampaign 8 hrs

    Remember Angelina Jolie’s brave decision to have a double mastectomy last year?

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4kmAorCUAAoPVm.png

  • Phool

    Are we posting here now? or still on the other thread?

  • JPFamily

    Some more great Unbroken videos, interviews/behind the scenes, etc at link.

    https://movielala.com/movies/unbroken/videos

  • JPFamily

    Hi Phool, this one was already getting invaded by trolls, so maybe move over here?

  • Phool

    MIYAVI WILL PLAY A SHOW AT THE EL RAY THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ON DECEMBER 14
    ===========================================
    In May 1999, after quitting high school at the age of 17, Miyavi moved
    to Tokyo with only his guitar in hand. The following month, he joined the band Due’ le quarts as guitarist. Though being the youngest member, he composed, wrote the lyrics, and arranged their songs. Later, in September 2002, the band broke up, and he made his solo debut the very next day. Miyavi held his first solo concert at the SHIBUYA KOUKAI DOU (Shibuya City Concert Hall) in April 2003.

    Then in June, Miyavi starred in the movie ‘ORESAMA’. In October, he held his second solo concert at the HIBIYA YAGAI DAI ONGAKU DOU, (Hibiya City Open Air Music Hall) with backup band members such as PATA, from the band X JAPAN, SHINYA from the band LUNA SEA, Luke from the band SEIKIMATSU, and Chirolyn from Hide with Spread Beaver. Miyavi’s last indies album ‘Galyuu’, positioned number 1 on the Japanese Oricon Indies Chart.

    In August 2004, he held his first fanclub event at the Tokyo Domeand held his last indies concert at the prestigious BUDOUKAN. In 2004, Miyavi was signed with Universal Music and made his major debut with the hit single ‘ROCK NO GYAKUSHUU’. He then released the album ‘MYV-POPS’ in August 2006, which contains 7 consecutive top 10 hit singles. Miyavi held his 25th anniversary (birthday) concert 5 days in a row in September, collaborating with talented artist such as a beat boxer, tap dancer, wadaiko drummer (Traditional Japanese drums) and painter etc.

    He then went to Los Angeles, USA soon after to study abroad. He polished his performance and language skills through street performances. In February, 2007, Miyavi made a secret appearance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with a local DJ from Rock Steady Crew and a percussionist. Later, he came back to Japan and formed the group ‘KABUKI DANSHIz’. In June of 2007, Miyavi joined the super band S.K.I.N with YOSHIKI from the band X JAPAN, GACKT, and SUGIZO from the band LUNA SEA, and performed in L.A.

    Then on May 14, 2008, Miyavi kicked off his first world tour with 36 successful shows in 14 countries with a total audience of 150,000 people. With powerful concerts in USA, Chile, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, England, Sweden, Finland, France, Taiwan, Korea, China and domestically, Miyavi was able to wrap up his tour successfully with his Grand Tour Final in Tokyo.

    Then in February 2009, he announced his decision to go independent and graduate from his management which he belonged to for 10 years. On April 5, 2009, Miyavi held a sold out concert at the HIBIYA YAGAI DAI ONGAKU DOU (Hibiya City Open Air Music Hall). April 8, 2009 Miyavi launched his own company, J-glam Inc. On September 14th, Miyavi kicked off his second world tour ‘NEO TOKYO SAMURAI BLACK TOUR 2009′ with a show in Tokyo, celebrating his birthday and the commemoration of the official fan club C.W.I.F. ‘Co-Miyavi Worldwide International Family’.

    This tour being larger in scale compared to
    his last, is still on-going with 40 shows in 20 countries, and will be the
    largest world tour any Japanese artist has ever pulled off.

    http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/255733

  • just saying

    I am shocked by GG nods, I thought GG was Unbroken’s best chance. well. life goes on.
    But I am very happy for Ava and Selma, Ava is making history, the first black woman gets Best Director nod. Congrats to Ava and Selma team, plan B

  • Phool

    Oh I see then i’ll post rest of my posts here, to stop Ticky Troll invasion lol.

  • JPFamily

    Reminder of the event this evening – Dec 11th!

    Rihanna Daily ‏@RihannaDaily 6 hrs

    JIMMY KIMMEL SET TO HOST RIHANNA’S FIRST ANNUAL DIAMOND BALL WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY BRAD PITT

    http://claralionelfoundation.org/news/jimmy-kimmel-set-to-host-rihannas-first-annual-diamond-ball-with-special-appearance-by-brad-pitt/

  • JPFamily

    Good idea, lol!

  • Phool

    New two part rubiuns interview
    Angelina on having a happy family life
    ============================
    Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:53 AM | Friday, December 12th, 2014
    LOS ANGELES, United States—In our first interview with
    Angelina Jolie since she got married to some guy named Brad Pitt, she wore a white dress, looking every inch like a modern bride. Make that a modern, accomplished woman. Angelina’s “Unbroken” is quite an achievement, especially
    since it’s only her second directing job. “It does feel differently when you say, ‘My husband,’” said Angelina about being able to call Brad that. “It warms you in a different way and you look at that person a little differently.”

    Seated in a meeting room at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York, Angelina looked radiant as she answered questions with her usual disarming candor. This woman is always engaging.

    On the wedding of the year that was held last August, the actress-director said, “What was lovely about it was that we didn’t feel the need to get married as if there was something missing. We felt so complete and our family felt so complete. The commitment to children is one that you cannot divorce from or walk away from. We already had that commitment. We wanted to recommit in a deeper way… and celebrate with our children this union that we had formed.”

    A fun project
    =======
    Complimented about her six kids’ drawings on her wedding veil and train, Angelina beamed as she replied, “It was my idea. Over the years, Brad and I always get our kids to draw things and we make T-shirts or notebook covers. Or he’s made jewelry for me out of their drawings. We often use their drawings.
    “They were going to put their stamp on the wedding dress. One wrote ‘Buttock Futtock’ (laughs)… we still don’t know what that means but it is on the dress. So there are a few really odd ones. Each [child] did a few [drawings].”
    Angelina said making the gown didn’t take very long. “We talked to Versace but we’d been almost getting married for years. So we had this discussion a while ago that when I did it, we already had the idea of the shape, what it was going to be and how we would embroider it.
    “But then when we pulled the trigger, we had about two weeks and so yeah, not long. They had extraordinary people working on the embroidery. But it was also a fun project because it felt like a bunch of artists all getting together. We had each drawing in four different sizes to try to stick, tape and to try to make
    patterns from. It was fun.”

    Asked how often she attends weddings, Angelina laughed as she answered. “I am not often invited to weddings. Maybe there are a few people who think I don’t like them. I suppose I’ve been to my own, though (laughs). A few hours after, as soon as [the wedding] was over, we all just changed clothes and hung out. Pax had made the cake. It was a very happy time.
    “It wasn’t this monumental change. We didn’t do anything special. We were just very happy and sure. That’s quite an extraordinary feeling—to be so sure. It gives you peace. You have moments like that in your life, you do. I didn’t work
    during that time. I actually sat and enjoyed that time.”

    For their honeymoon, the couple went straight to work in Malta on “By the Sea,” their first film together since “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” Angelina directs again, this time tackling her own script. In the romance/drama set in the 1970s, Brad and Angelina play a married couple who are growing apart. “We’re in such a good
    place that we’re able to explore the darker side of marriage,” she explained. “As artists, we wanted to be able to play. The story has depth. It’s a bit crazy, a bit of fun.”

    On directing Brad for the first time and herself, Angelina quipped, “He’s much easier than she is. He’s actually wonderful to work with. He’s such a great actor. It’s the first time I’ve worked with actors who have had experience and long careers—Niels Arestrup and many of these people.

    Not-fun part
    ==========
    “Most of the films I’d done are with relatively new casts so it was very interesting. It sounds crazy to work with your husband but, in truth, there’s nobody that I trust more. We really just want to help each other. I wanted to do my best to support him… We were able to give each other enough. But I really didn’t love
    directing myself. It’s not a fun thing to do (laughs).”

    The prolific talent claimed that she wrote the screenplay while the kids were in their art classes and other activities. “I wrote that one a few years ago. It was a downtime… I was probably sitting outside waiting for my kids while they were in an art class. It was one that I wrote for fun and I wrote with Brad in mind and myself. I wrote it before I became a director. I never assumed that I could be a writer or director so it was just a fun thing.

    “We sat on it for many years, always saying that one would be the craziest thing to do, that we shouldn’t do that, that’s too much. So of course, we got married and thought that’s the perfect time. We’ll do something together and we’ll do something bold.”

    All about grief
    ========
    On the film’s plot, she explained, “It is not as serious as I’m going to make it sound. It has a lot of irony and fun. It’s about grief, so every character in the film is handling grief in a different way. Some people are collapsing underneath it; some people are abusing each other for it; some people are silent and ignoring it; some people are fine.

    “So it’s this small group of people and how they relate to each other. In the center of it is this couple who comes into
    town. They are having a really bad time with their marriage. Through the film, you realize why.” She added that a couple of characters have her maternal grandparents’ names— the Bertrands.

    Complimented about being able to juggle all of her various passions, even snagging an honorary Dame title from the Queen along the way, Angelina said, “It sounds more impressive than it is. I have the great fortune of having a great husband
    who’s very supportive. I have a job that I love. We are able to take turns [working] other than in ‘Unbroken’ and ‘Fury,’ which we did at the same time. It wasn’t easy but we’re usually able to take turns. We have the financial ability to bring our children around the world with us and educate them in the middle of Malta or England and wherever we may be.

    “I have an exceptional support team and a lot of good fortune. I’m not in any way exceptional. I’m just very good at scheduling (laughs). I’m a maniac for scheduling. That’s something every parent knows how to do.”

    As to who among her kids are more like her, she shared, “It’s interesting that the two who behave the most like me are Shiloh and Madd. It’s nice because of the nature versus nurture argument. They’re one of each so that’s interesting. But
    we’re all like all of them. They’re completely independent of us. They’re really interesting like everybody feels about their children. But I think they’re really interesting people.”

    (To be concluded Sunday)

    http://entertainment.inquirer.net/158265/angelina-on-having-a-happy-family-life#ixzz3LcBtX2Di

  • just saying

    Oscar race is down to Boyhood vs Selma, I can see Selma take Best Picture ( it is really a Best Picture material) and Boyhood take Best Director ( The director spent 12 years shooting the movie)

  • JPFamily

    Great for Miyavi, would love to see Angie and Brad attend another of his shows.
    Isn’t that same night there is another Unbroken event, where Coldplay are performing?

  • Phool

    Angelina Jolie’s New Muse: The Rise of Jack O’Connell, Star of the WWII Epic ‘Unbroken’
    ========================================================

    The strapping 24-year-old Brit is not only one of the hottest young
    actors in Hollywood but also dating ‘It Girl’ Cara Delevingne. Jack O’Connell opens up about his road to stardom. Jack O’Connell, the strapping Brit with the Derbyshire drawl, is hotter than a fresh-fucked fox in a forest fire.

    The 24-year-old turned in one of the strongest performances of the year as an explosive violent offender in the prison drama Starred Up, was eyed by J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Josh Trank for The Fantastic Four, and is even seeing supermodel Cara Delevingne. He’s also earning plenty of awards buzz for his gripping turn as Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie’s World War II saga Unbroken.

    Capturing Zamperini’s incredible story onscreen was no small task. Jolie’s film, co-written by the Coen brothers, traces his journey from a bullied juvenile delinquent to his days as a track phenom who ran the 5,000-meter event in Hitler’s Olympics. While serving as a bombardier in the Pacific during WWII, his crew’s defective plane crash-landed about 850 miles south of Oahu, and Zamperini was forced to spend 47 days floating on a raft—only to be discovered by the Japanese Navy and funneled through a series of POW camps for two-and-a-half years. There, he finds himself tormented by Mutsuhiro Watanabe, a sadistic, ultraviolent prison guard nicknamed “The Bird” who derived sexual pleasure from beating his inmates. All in all, it’s like a mishmash of Gallipoli,Life of Pi, and Forrest Gump.

    “This shoot broke me,” says the intense O’Connell. “It was a fuckin’ mountainous effort, and I knew fairly early that this was going to be something that would challenge me more than ever before…but then you get adrenaline on your side.”

    For the raft sequences, the actor dropped 26 pounds, going from 145 to 119, and then had just nine days to bulk up again to shoot the Olympian sequences, which he says was “a little berserk.” But that wasn’t even the most arduous task.

    One of the most grueling sequences of the lengthy shoot is set at Naoetsu POW camp in northern Japan—a mining camp lorded over by The Bird. There, Zamperini is ordered to balance a heavy wooden log over his head and if he drops it, he’ll be shot. “I fainted twice underneath the plank,” says O’Connell. “We spent half a day shooting that scene.”

    O’Connell says he found strength in his director, Jolie, who was both very passionate about doing Zamperini justice, and also a champion of the young actor’s from the get-go.

    “I was pleasantly surprised that Angelina was very respectful—respectful enough for me to separate ‘Angelina the superstar’ from ‘Angelina the director,’ or boss,” he says. “I think her experience as an actor allowed for more empathy than any director I’ve had before, which I was grateful for.”

    He pauses. “I have heard that there’s such a thing as dictatorship when it comes to directing, and she’s not guilty of that at all. She led by example. It was a personal thing she was working towards, and I felt very invested as well seeing her level of commitment. I called her our ‘fearless leader,’ and I’ll stick by that.”

    O’Connell’s brecent wave of success is no fluke. After acting in theater programs at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy in his native Derby, he was accepted into The Television Workshop in Nottingham—a rigorous drama program that met twice a week and all day Sunday where kids would learn scripts, improvise, and act out plays.

    “Sometimes the requirements pissed me off because I had other ideas at that age,” says O’Connell. “When I was starting out, I was naïve enough to dislike it and consider most actors poncers because acting wasn’t my first love, so I defined myself against that and developed this interest, which has become my passion.”

    Two years into the program, he was part of a project dubbed the National Theatre’s Shell Connections Festival, where their workshop was tasked with choosing a script and acting it out. If it passed muster with an adjudicator, it would be put on at the local playhouse. O’Connell’s group chose The Spider Men by Ursula Rani Sarma, and their rendition was so lauded that it not only played the playhouse, but was then upgraded to the National Theatre Cottesloe
    “You’re looking around thinking, ‘Holy shit! There isn’t much of a gulf between doing this, and being a professional actor,’” he says.

    Shortly thereafter, British director Shane Meadows, who’s known for his gritty, Midlands-set films, was castingThis Is England—a coming-of-age story about young, Northern skinheads in the ‘80s. O’Connell read for the lead, which eventually went to Thomas Turgoose. But Meadows was so impressed by the young lad’s audition that he wrote the part of Pukey Nicholls, who splits with the white nationalists over their racist ways.

    While filming his feature debut, the then 15-year-old was given a
    crash course in movie acting by Stephen Graham, who played the movie’s imposing skinhead antagonist, Combo. When Pukey tells the gang off and tries to walk out, he’s confronted by a surly Combo, who head-butts him repeatedly.

    “I was taking actual fuckin’ head-butts with Stephen Graham in that, and he’s got a fuckin’ hard head as well!” exclaims O’Connell. “They used the sound from the actual head-butt. He kept getting me in the same spot on the eyebrow every fuckin’ take, and I remember thinking, ‘This better have some fuckin’ pay off!’”

    “Sometimes on a production,” he adds, “you’re gonna get fuckin’ fisted, and it’s how you deal with that fist up your ass, and how you react. By
    not reacting, you find yourself persevering.”

    Other roles followed, until he was cast as James Cook, a promiscuous, violent drug-pusher in the taste-making British television drama Skins, which chronicles the travails of a group of rowdy, pill-popping
    teens. The show has become fertile ground for UK talent, producing the likes of Nicholas Hoult, Kaya Scoledario (The Maze Runner), Joe
    Dempsie (Game of Thrones), and Dev Patel, who was famously cast in Slumdog Millionaire at the advice of director Danny Boyle’s daughter, a massive Skins fan. And O’Connell says his two years on the series was like “university.”

    Another positive experience he had was filming Eden Lake, a 2008
    thriller where he played a teenage sociopath opposite Michael Fassbender.

    “He led by example, and showed me lessons by his etiquette on
    set,” recalls O’Connell. “We devised the nickname ‘FassyB’ for him. I miss him. He’s a top fella. We’re all British, and I do feel part of a cusp of actors
    where there’s no animosity, no muckin’ about and bitching, and no fuckin’ ego.”

    But landing the role of Zamperini in Unbroken is O’Connell’s biggest break to date—and it was no simple task. Jolie had reportedly been impressed by his turn in the TV film United, where he portrayed young Manchester United footballer Bobby Charlton in the wake of the 1958 Munich air disaster. Then, O’Connell’s agent sent Jolie a rough cut of Starred Up, and he sent in a self-taped audition reading lines opposite his cousin—and still sporting his shaved head from the film.

    While shooting the period flick’71, production members began approaching him and saying, “We’ve got Angelina Jolie inquiring to us about you…do you have any idea as to why?”
    Finally, he landed a meeting with Jolie and conveyed his respect for “The
    Greatest Generation.” He was given the role of Zamperini on the spot, but since he was a relative unknown in Hollywood the studio, Universal, needing convincing. So, they set up a screen test.

    “I made Angelina aware the night before the screen test that it
    was my cousin reading the lines opposite me in the self-tape, so she said, ‘How far is Derby?’ Can we get him down tomorrow?’” says O’Connell.

    His cousin came down to London and they shot the raft sequences,
    as well as a few POW scenes of Zamperini being battered by The Bird.

    “I was just getting walloped by a member of the crew with a stick, which was made of rubber,” says O’Connell, with a chuckle. “I didn’t want to say it at the time, but it did fuckin’ hurt, so I got up and started havin’ it with him!”

    O’Connell’s intensity got him the part. And prior to shooting, he
    had the distinct pleasure of speaking with the real-life Zamperini twice and
    then once more after filming wrapped.

    “He had a humility about him, and was very content with where he
    eventuated,” says a wistful O’Connell. “In terms of takeaways, I have an
    example for life of an extraordinary human being that I will constantly try and better myself towards.”

    And as far as his career goes, well, O’Connell feels he’s well on
    his way to achieving greatness. “For want of a better word, and fear that no one will say this on
    my behalf, I think it’s deserved,” he says of his successes. “I haven’t just
    turned up out of nowhere; I’ve been working very carefully and considerately to piece together a career and a body of work to suggest that I can be one of the best someday. I had to turn down projects and paychecks when I was down-and-out and hungry because they weren’t integral to what I wanted to achieve.”

    He pulls his head up, and looks me square in the eyes. “I feel measured, I feel alert, and I’m ready to focus on the future.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/a...

  • JPFamily

    Thanks Phool, always love Ruben’s interviews with the J-Ps.

  • Phool

    MIYAVI

    ==========

    As anyone who has paid exorbitantly for a screenwriting class, or just seen a few movies, can tell you, the traditional Hollywood fairy tale begins with a call to action—a summons that the reluctant hero initially declines. For the Japanese pop star Takamasa Ishihara, who performs under the stage name Miyavi, that call came rather literally, in the form of an invitation to meet with Angelina Jolie in 2013. At the time, Jolie was preparing to direct an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s grueling survival saga Unbroken (from a script by William Nicholson, Richard LaGravenese, and Joel and Ethan Coen), about Olympic track star and

    World War II POW Louis Zamperini, and casting a wide net to find an actor to play the sadistic camp guard Mutsuhiro “The Bird” Watanabe. Miyavi, 33, who hadn’t to that point had any training or experience as an actor, was perhaps understandably reticent to take on such a savage role, let alone one from a book that is not exactly a fan favorite in his native Japan. But once assured by Jolie—and, really, who says no to Maleficent?—Miyavi found that, despite his seeming lack of preparation for the journey ahead, he was the perfect man for the part.

    Miyavi was born in Osaka in 1981 and, as a boy, became a soccer star before an injury put out his dreams of playing professionally. Like the emotionally bent character he would go on to play,

    Miyavi says that he too was heavily pressured by his father, who made it clear to him that he was disappointed in his son. But after his injury, at age 15, Miyavi turned to music, pioneering a kind of slap style of playing his guitar and has, in the last decade or so, become a global star, touring to huge crowds and collaborating with artists like Tomoyasu Hotei and Good Charlotte. And after years of performing on stage, it is perhaps not surprising that his screen debut is so assured, so self-possessed. But Miyavi’s Bird has about him the kind of eye-catching quality from which stars are made. As he says from his new home in Los Angeles, he’s happy to play the villain, so long as we all learn from the hero, and he’s happy to keep climbing his magic beanstalk, wherever it may go.

    CHRIS WALLACE: Hi. Are you in L.A. right now?

    MIYAVI: Studio City. We just moved here a couple months ago.

    WALLACE: Was the move a preparation for the future, or something that you’ve been looking forward to for a long time?

    MIYAVI: As a musician, there are more experiences available in this city, and I want to keep producing. I just worked

    with Jam & Lewis, the producers, and the experience was really great. I

    wanted my daughters to have education in English, too. I really wanted to speak English because I started touring the world, and I wanted to communicate with people directly. Now when I’m on the road, I can talk to the local people, ask them about their local cultures. I can make friends.

    WALLACE: How did Unbroken come about for you?

    MIYAVI: To be honest, I was not sure if I was capable of doing it, because I had no experience as an actor. As a Japanese , the story itself was really controversial. Some people in Japan still have a negative image of this story. There are some misunderstandings.

    WALLACE: What do you think are the principal misunderstandings?

    MIYAVI: Like, in Japan we eat the root of a plant; it’s calledgobo and is kind of expensive, a delicacy. But the prisoners in this story didn’t know that, and they thought that when it was given to them by my character, it was a kind of torture. A cultural difference. I don’t think that the Bird, Mutsuhiro Watanabe, was right. I don’t think it was right what he did to Louis Zamperini. But I also didn’t want to represent any negative side of Japan. On stage, what I’m trying to deliver to the audience is totally the opposite—I’m trying to unite, beyond cultural differences, skin colors, or language. So it was a huge challenge for me to act

    the villain.

    WALLACE: What convinced you that the wicked Watanabe wouldn’t come across as Hollywood shorthand for all of Japan?

    MIYAVI: When I first met Angie in Tokyo, I wasn’t sure that I was going to do this, because talking about the war is still a sensitive issue in Japan. But even before I asked her, Angie said that she wanted to make a meaningful creation, which could be a bridge between America and Japan, not just a typical war movie. It’s all about the guy, Louis

    Zamperini, with an unbroken heart. And, as a musician, I see the story as the tracks on an album. You can’t fully express yourself with one track. The many topics or themes—happiness, sadness, loneliness—take several songs, several tracks. Film is the same, so as a villain, I thought that the more evil I become, the more dramatic the story gets. And the better it can deliver its message: forgiveness. In the end, Louis Zamperini came back to Japan for the Nagano Olympics. That’s something that only strong men can do. If you’re not strong enough, you can’t forgive. I thought it was really worth it to try to do this, to deliver that message. Even as a villain.

    WALLACE: Did playing that part give you any perspective about how people can become so cruel, even within a war? Did you

    think a lot about how the Bird had become this sadist who’s even sort of

    sexually thrilled by the violence? Or did you always feel like you were outside of him, performing him?

    MIYAVI: We are not in a battlefield now; I am a musician and am so thankful for that. I have no experience of war. But I find a

    similarity between performing music onstage and acting—a reality of emotion. On set, I tried to keep a distance from the other actors, from Jack [O'Connell], Garrett [Hedlund], John [Magaro]. They’re all nice guys. I really wanted to hang out and talk about music or whatever. But I kept a distance and tried to find a reality of emotion. I have two daughters, and I imagined, “What if they tried to kill my daughters?” Of course, to protect the family I love, I would kill them.

    http://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/miyavi#_

  • Mindy

    Aniston spent big this year, didn’t she? on top of those self indulgences she bought her own cake, then bribed her way to nominations, she won’t win any of them, I am sure

  • lucy

    I’m not a Coldplay fan, but I like that song, it seems like it would suit the film. Can’t wait for the 26th, going to the movies, gonna eat popcorn and RELAX. Watch a great movie, about a great man, with a great cast, directed by a great woman.

  • just saying

    Brad is a great CEO who hires brilliant people: Dede and Jeremy, they are amazing. Plan B’s win is Brad’s win. I hope Selma win Best Picture Oscar. Go Selma, Go Brad, go Plan B.

  • lucy

    It’ll be Boyhood, I don’t agree with it, but, it will be Boyhood.

  • Whamo

    Coldplay and Flopolina Director of Broken go hand and hand, both are minimally talented.

  • shoes4life

    People are talking about critics scores and reviews as to why Unbroken did not get nominated. I call horse s#!t on that because the C@ke crap has a lesser rating and barely any reviews and most of them are bad. Yeah, they say old girl stretched herself but nothing special. This mess is nothing but paid for “you wash our hands and we’ll wash yours”. Cotllard or Adams should have been in the spot not An!ston. Also, they are trying to say no one saw Unbroken or it didn’t get released in time. Well HELLO neither did the other one and it didn’t have a distributor nor has it been distributed and barely will be released! This is crazy but a perfect example of how money can buy anything and I mean anything in HW! She dug deep in her pockets to make sure she get recognized at any cost. Also, they still have an embargo for reviews which I guess they are letting the nominations come in before releasing the crap storm of bad reviews for C@ke.

    I hope Unbroken goes unbroken at the box office with high returns during the Christmas holidays. That will be the greatest reward.

    I’m done.

  • Juliana

    Unbroken be snubbed. My colleagues love everything that the film is, the celebrated director to old school style.

    http://anamariabahiana.blogosfera.uol.com.br/2014/12/11/as-indicacoes-dos-globos-de-ouro-2015-sim-nao-talvez/#_=_

  • just saying

    GG is really different since the new GG president.

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  • Whamo

    I can see how you might not be able to but remember when people actually cared about Flopolina? Like her looks that was a long time ago.
    It’s funny, she felt saying she was going to retire was some sort of threat to the public and the industry meanwhile the public and Hollywood have already quit her. She’s so out of touch, that must happen when you don’t eat and do too many drugs.

  • JJt

    Great interview. Can’t wait for the rest later.

  • lucy

    GG this year, is full of no names, wannabes, and has beens. Plus most of the film nominations seems to have gone to TV people. At least last year it was special, lots of big names, lots of glamour, at the GG’s and at the Oscars, it won’t be that way this year. Maybe next year the glamour will be back, and the REAL movie stars.

  • just saying

    that’s exactly the new GG president wants, GG used to be an awards show for big movie stars, people didn’t take it serious. The new president wants GG being taken serious, he wants change the image of GG to serious awards.

  • LilChar

    Woww Maniston got a nomination?

    “Just remember this, no matter how many times you nominate Jennifer Aniston, she’s never going to “party with you.”
    http://mankabros.com/blogs/chairman/2014/12/11/dear-hollywood-foreign-press-f-off/

  • lucy

    If the new president wanted the GG’s to be taken seriously, maybe they should have picked better nominees. LOL

  • Ponchoz

    Poor poor Angelina Jolie. Maleficent flopped with 750m+, she became an honorary Dame, she started a conference about wartime rape, she released her second movie as a director and it was no easy movie to make. My god what a horrible year. If only she had been nominated for a golden Globe her year would be ok. If only she was 45 and finally getting a nomination for a badly reviewed movie. Oye.

  • trt

    If she does win, she’s not going to be enjoying the reward of getting more roles because she’s still going to be the same no-talent aging from TV actress who paid her way via her PR guy/gal,

    Unless the role calls for uglifying, she’s not going to be able to perform the same mediocre dramatic part she was able to give in movies like Cake crap.

    She can only pay the part of mothers and aging girlfriends.

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