Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, tells the true story of Louie Zamperini (Jack O’Connell)—who, among other things, survived 47 days adrift on a raft after his plane went down over the Pacific along with Russell Allen ‘Phil’ Phillips (Domhnall Gleeson) and Francis ‘Mac’ McNamara (Finn Wittrock). The actors went on an extreme diet for the two months before filming began, and found themselves with plenty to bond over once shooting got underway.  “The three of them were so hungry,” says Jolie. “Every time I’d go and sit near them they were always talking about food.”
Gleeson says that they’d try to make each other laugh: “We also spent a lot of time talking about food and what we’d eventually eat.” So when Gleeson’s day to go off his diet arrived, O’Connell decided to help him celebrate. “I took off all my clothes and waited in his trailer for him, naked with a pizza box,” he says. “When he came in I opened the box and said, ‘Do you want more cheese with that sir?’ He just cracked up.” O’Connell laughs. “I knew he was having to deal with the sight of my balls and everything else being very close to his food.”
For more on Unbroken, pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now.

Desplat also enjoyed collaborating with director Angelina Jolie on "Unbroken," and they talked early on about the importance of casting very young men. Unlike World War II movies of the past, which often starred middle-aged movie stars, "Unbroken," is likely to make a star out of O'Connell, according to the composer.
"These are heroes in their early twenties and it makes it very special to focus on their youth, risking so much peril, and Jack is in every shot. I wanted us to feel this deep energy that he had in his gut. Something that you can't see but is powerful because this young man could run a very long distance and always had this drive to keep pushing."

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