Actress-turned-director Angelina Jolie “didn’t eat much” during the making of her new directorial offering Unbroken so she could empathize with the stars of the film.
Jack O’Connell, who plays the lead role of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, revealed that he and his co-stars had to starve themselves to represent the true story of the prisoners of war who were detained in a Japanese camp.
The British star reveals Jolie was also rake thin because her “motivation and attitude” led her to join the actors in their meager diet.
He tells Radio Times magazine, “She came on set every day giving the actors advice and actually didn’t eat much. She was so thin because most of the actors were not able to eat as they play inmates in the prison camp. So she was so close to us. I really respect her professionalism, her attitude to the creation. She’s so determined and passionate. It was intense on set but with her motivation and attitude we were on the same page.”
O’Connell revealed that the strict diet for the movie was so punishing that he passed out, adding, “I fainted twice. It’s quite a pinnacle moment. I didn’t actually hit the deck. It was one of those faints where my head had gone but my hands were still in front of me. But I had no vision, couldn’t really hear anything, then just gradually regained both those senses.”