Angelina Jolie's new directorial work "Unbroken", starring Jack O'Connell, hits the big screen on November 17. She only has to justify or dispel the hopes placed on her. The story of the American Olympian Louis Zamperini, who became a pilot in World War II, crashed and wandered for 47 days on a raft before being captured by Japan, 50 years after he was recorded, finds a second life at the hand of the most unexpected directed by Universal Studios. As part of a promotional campaign in support of the film, both main people of the project told DuJour about their impressions and plans for the future.
- It's hard to say what was the most difficult, - Jack O'Connell admits, even with journalists not limiting himself in strong expressions, - the whole work on the film was damn difficult. But, perhaps, the first half of filming was the worst. When the last scenes of captivity were filmed, there was so much coal dust that everything went black, and there were days when it was impossible for you to practice offstage just to save energy. When I had to go back to the beginning and play an Olympic athlete, I naively thought that it would be easier than playing a prisoner of war, but nothing came of it. It was a real ambush.
At the head of a picture of hardship, pain and war, in which all the characters in the foreground - men and the world are shown exclusively through their eyes, it is difficult to imagine Angelina Jolie - a woman, mother of 6 children, an active member of several foundations advocating for equality … According to the actress, and now the director, the work was given to her a little easier than O'Connell, however, these were difficulties of a different nature. She was tormented not by her own weaknesses and deprivations, but by the need to push and exhaust the film crew, extras, the main cast, to watch the process from the outside, without being able to help or intervene.
- All the guys were starving, - Angelina says bitterly about the filming process, - even those who worked in the crowd. There were days when these 200 young guys just stood for a long time under the scorching sun. And at such moments, the mother in me demanded to stop everything immediately, send everyone to the tents, give them water and the opportunity to rest. But the other half ordered to keep doing their job, to move forward, no matter what.
I would like to believe that the internal struggle of Angelina Jolie (Angelin Jolie), as well as the hardships endured by Jack O'Connell and his teammates are not in vain and the story of Louis Zamperini, unbroken by deprivation and war, will resonate in the hearts viewers and will receive high marks from the Film Academy.