Jack O'Connell (born August 1st 1990) Jack O'Connell is a British actor who won worldwide recognition with his appearance in Angelina Jolie's war film 'Unbroken'.
Film career: Jack O'Connell landed his first acting role in an episode of 'Doctors' in 2005, which was soon followed up by four episodes of 'The Bill'. His first film role was 2006's 'This Is England' directed by Shane Meadows. He won the International Fantasy Film Award for Best Actor for his role in the horror 'Eden Lake' and also appeared opposite Michael Caine in 2009's 'Harry Brown'. He landed a major part in teen drama series 'Skins', during which time he also appeared in the movies 'Weekender' and 'Starred Up', as well as the TV series 'The Runaways' and 'Dive'. In 2014, he joined the cast of '300' sequel '300: Rise of an Empire' and won a string of awards for playing war hero Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'. He also appeared with Sean Harris in IRA drama ''71'.
Personal life: Jack O'Connell grew up in Alvaston, Derby with his parents Alison and John. He went to Saint Benedict Catholic School but left at the age of 16.
Both Margot Robbie and Emma Stone have played sports stars this year.
With Margot Robbie set to portray disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in 'I, Tonya' this December - the trailer for which has now been released - we look at some of Hollywood's biggest stars in their roles as historical athletes. It takes a lot of physical training to play a top sportsman/woman, but these actors truly nailed their roles.
Margot Robbie stars as Tonya Harding in 'I, Tonya'
1. Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta - 1980 boxing drama 'Raging Bull' detailed the life of a troubled middleweight boxer who turned his life upside down with a series of self-destructive actions which he detailed in the memoir 'Raging Bull: My Story'. The movie, shot in black and white, was directed by Martin Scorsese and won two Academy Awards.
Actors George Clooney and Jack O'Connell, and director Jodie Foster can be seen shooting a scene on the New York set of their new movie 'Money Monster'. Clooney is wearing a grey vest over his shirt which appears to be connected to a set explosive devices.
Clooney's wife Amal Clooney visited the New York set of the film.
Snaps from the set of George Clooney's upcoming thriller 'Money Monster' in New York gave a startling sneak peak into the movie's plot as we see the Academy Award winning actor strapped up in a most unusual (and terrifying) ensemble. We're too excited.
George Clooney stars in 'Money Monster'
Newly emerged images from the film set of the drama showed Clooney wearing what can only be described as a suicide vest over his shirt and tie. The costume featured pockets containing what are clearly meant to be explosive devices, while a shifty looking Jack O'Connell clutches the deadly remote switch.
The 24-year-old actor won the award through a public vote, beating out his fellow nominees Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Margot Robbie, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley.
Jack O'Connell was awarded with the Rising Star Award at Sunday evening's (Feb 8th) EE British Academy Film Awards after his starring role in Angelina Jolie's latest directorial effort, the WWII movie 'Unbroken.'
O'Connell with his Rising Star BAFTA at Sunday's award ceremony
The 24-year-old actor was prized with the honour after a public vote, which saw he compete against the other nominees Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Margot Robbie, Miles Teller, and Shailene Woodley.
Last year the award was taken home by 'The Maze Runner’s' Will Poulter.
Shailene Woodley, Jack O'Connell and Margot Robbie will all be battling it out for this year’s BAFTA Rising Star award, along with Miles Teller and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The recipient will be announced during the BAFTA awards ceremony on February 8th, with the winner being decided by a public vote.
Shailene Woodley is among the BAFTA Rising Star Award nominees
While the nominees do not have to be newcomers, the award recognises those who “have demonstrated exceptional talent, and are destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema.” For all five nominees 2014 was the break out year in their career, with each giving at least one star making performance.
What do we know about Unbroken's Miyavi?
Relatively unknown in the Western world but most certainly a major star in Japan, musician Miyavi (AKA Takamasa Ishihara) has been thrown into the centre of the Hollywood film industry owing to his role in Unbroken.
With a true story that's almost hard to believe, this inspiring biographical drama is made with attention to detail and a remarkable resistance to sentiment. And strong acting helps bring the characters to life, even if everything feels a little too carefully staged. But it's the real-life aspect that grabs the attention, and a central figure who's a remarkable example of the indomitable human spirit. The film also marks an auspicious step forward for Angelina Jolie as a director, telling a big story without giving in to the usual sappy moviemaking pitfalls.
Son of Italian immigrants, Louie Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) grew up in 1920s Southern California and by the time he hit his teens is on the way to becoming a criminal. But his brother Pete (Alex Russell) helps him channel his energy to running instead, and his natural skill make him a local champion as well as an American record-holder at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. When the war breaks out, he enlists and serves as a bombardier in the Pacific, surviving a plane crash before later going down at sea and drifting with two colleagues (Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock) for 47 days before being captured by the Japanese. From here he endures a horrific stint in a prisoner of war camp, taunted by the cruel commandant everyone calls The Bird (Miyavi), who takes particular notice of Louie simply because he refuses to break.
Jolie assembles the film as a big-budget epic, with massive set pieces as the plot cycles through several outrageous episodes before settling in on the prison years. Cinematographer Roger Deakins carefully contrasts Louie's sunny California youth with the much starker visit to Nazi Germany and the astoundingly bleak Japanese prison camp, with those endless days baking at sea in the middle. So the film looks terrific, drawing us into each chapter in Louie's story while building a sense of momentum. It's not quite as complex as it looks; Louie's darker moments feel a bit superficial. But O'Connell adds some weight to each scene, offering a kick of emotion as well as the charisma that convinces the men around him to draw inspiration from his tenacity.
Continue reading: Unbroken Review
Everything was set up for 'Unbroken' to dominate the Oscars, though the critics aren't playing ball.
For the majority of 2014 - and some time before it - Angelina Jolie's latest directorial effort Unbroken has been talked up as a potential Oscar winner. Lord knows the Academy has a penchant for historical biopics and the story of Louis Zamperini is certainly one of the most inspiring stories to rise from the horrors of World War II.
Jack O'Connell [L] stars as Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken
Zamperini was a teenage track star at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 but was tested beyond belief as a prisoner of the Japanese during the Second World War. Presumed dead after crash landing in the South Pacific, Zamperini survived by clutching onto a raft for 47 days before being incarcerated in prison camps and beaten daily for nearly 3 years, all whilst kept on a near-starvation diet.
"Unbroken" was a much needed career move for Jolie, but "By the Sea" was more of a bonding experience with Brad Pitt
Recently, Angelina Jolie has made no bones about moving on from acting onto something longer lasting and probably more substantial. I’m hinting at a directorial career, if you haven’t guessed. But Jolie is doing far more than hinting. While doing press for her second effort behind the camera, the critically acclaimed Louis Zamperini biopic, Jolie managed to slip in a little reference to that other project she’s working on.
Jolie with the late Louis Zamperini.
Jolie is in the process of editing By the Sea, the romantic drama she directed and starred in with Brad Pitt this year. Although she didn’t enjoy directing herself, the newly minted filmmaker said it was a much needed experience for both her and her new husband.
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