Angelina Jolie Speaks to Tom Brokaw about Universal’s ‘Unbroken’ (VIDEO)

Angelina Jolie Speaks Tom Brokaw about

Tom Brokaw’s interview with Angelina Jolie and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, the subject of Jolie’s film “Unbroken,” aired this morning on NBC’s “Today.” The pic, which Universal Pictures releases on Christmas Day, is her first studio pic as a director.

Brokaw put it to her that it was more than just filmmaking; for her it was personal. “You’ve got the legacy of this amazing man in your hands,” he said. Jolie agreed. “Such a huge responsibility to get it right,” she said. “I love him so much and he’s helped me so much in my life.”

Jolie explained how she came to adapt Laura Hillenbrand’s best-seller. “I wanted to direct something again, but I wasn’t sure what. It had to be something I would love and care about. It takes much more time away from your family and much more effort than acting,” she said.

Jolie also spoke about her difficulties in getting the project greenlit: “This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “I had all the hours of phone calls and things, and then I made all these boards. I took my glue and tape, and pictures off the internet, and I put all my boards in a garbage bag and carried them myself to Universal, and put them out… and I pitched my butt off.”

Watch the full interview here.

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  1. Minlan says:

    I too have read the book and couldn’t put it down…Louie is such a remarkable human being…I’m so glad his life story finally be told on the big screen…Love the interview…you can see the admiration and love between Angie and Louie…Can’t wait to see it.

  2. Bonnie R Plunklett says:

    A truly amazing story about the indominatble strength of the human spirit. The book is simply incredulous and one I just could not put down. Lou is an amazingly remarkable man who demonstrated that no matter how insurmounable life’s obstacles are, there is always hope. Kudos to Laura for writing yet again another incredibly memorable book, another true story. While reading the book, I kept telling everyone, from friends, collegaues, family, about the book, including my uncle who served in the war. Hands down, everyone has been overwhelmed by the book and has thanked me for the recommendation. We have wondered why it was taking so long for a movie to be made, so hats off to Angelina for having the will and perseverance to obtain funding. “Unbroken” is a story the world needs to see. Read the book today!

  3. Dav says:

    Unbroken was an amazing story. I have no idea if Jolie is a good director or not but anything that gets this story more attention is OK by me.

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