Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has made no secret of the fact that she found the passing of Louie Zamperini, the man who inspired her recently released film Unbroken, very difficult to deal with.
The film, directed by Angelina, details the life of the World War II hero who managed to survive both a plane crash and getting stranded at sea before eventually being captured by the Japanese and held as a Prisoner of War for almost three years.
Angelina became very close to Louie during the making of the film and she recently opened up about the moment she showed him the story of his life for the first time, something which many understood Louie did not live to see.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, the married mum-of-six said: “I downloaded it on my laptop and I drove to the hospital and held it over him, like this, so he could see it. And it’s hard to explain. How do you explain that moment?”
Clearly moved, she goes on to say: “It was a man watching his life. It was a man at the end of his life, his extraordinary life—this mountain of a man, with his physical strength, at 97 years old.”
Angelina recently broke down on the red carpet when describing the connection she had made with Louie and she’s relieved that he lived to see the film, saying: "It was watching somebody relive all their experiences and prepare for that great, powerful, extraordinary, inspiring, long life to end.”
Before his passing Louie said: "I hav all the confidence Unbroken will be a great film." We're sure Angelina did him proud.