Domhnall and the cast of “Unbroken” are featured in Vanity Fair‘s November 2014 issue (with Jennifer Lawrence on the cover). We have added the photoshoot outtake and the magazine scan in our gallery. The magazine is on newsstands now so be sure to pick up your own copy!
Unbroken co-stars Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, and Jack O’Connell, photographed at a sand quarry in the village of Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire, England.
Making a movie of Unbroken may be one of the biggest no-brainers in Hollywood history. Laura Hillenbrand’s World War II survival saga has been on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list ever since it was published, three and a half years ago. The story it tells is about as movie-ish as real life gets: in 1943, Louis Zamperini, a lieutenant in the Army Air Forces and a star on America’s 1936 Olympic track team, was onboard a B-24 bomber that crashed into the Pacific; thanks to courage, smarts, and sheer will—the human spirit, as these attributes are sometimes called in movie trailers—he survived 47 days adrift on a life raft and another two years in a brutal Japanese P.O.W. camp. Yes, there were sharks and torture, but also unexpected redemption. As I said, a no-brainer. You could probably write the ad campaign yourself.
So kudos to Angelina Jolie, directing only her second feature film, for reaching out to some not-so-obvious collaborators. She brought in the Coen brothers to work on the script (also credited to Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson), and though you may recognize one or two of her core cast of young actors, six of whom are pictured here, you won’t find any on a list of box-office attractions. Playing Louis is Jack O’Connell, 24, who grew up working-class in Derby, England, and has made a name for himself in Britain playing louts, punks, and convicts. By his count, he spent nearly as many days shooting the film’s raft scenes as the real Zamperini spent adrift. “Unbroken was a very grueling shoot, extremely demanding,” Jolie said. “Each of the actors stepped up to the challenge, often commenting that it was the least they could do out of respect for the men of the past.” O’Connell returned the compliment: “There was a danger of making this film very 2-D, almost war porn. With a lesser director, without her level of compassion, we might have been in that territory. But this isn’t promoting war. This isn’t just reproducing other people’s losses. Angie’s intention is to build bridges, find common ground.”