Tuesday 25 June 2019

Jack O'Connell looked to Domhnall Gleeson for support to lose 2 stone during filming of Jolie's Unbroken

Jack O'Connell said he relied on the support of Domhnall Gleeson when they had to lose two stone for roles in Unbroken
Jack O'Connell said he relied on the support of Domhnall Gleeson when they had to lose two stone for roles in Unbroken
Domhnall Gleeson and Jack O'Connell in Unbroken
Jack O'Connell in '71
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Jack O'Donnell has revealed he looked to co-star Domhnall Gleeson for support when both actors were required to lose weight for their roles in Unbroken.

O'Connell plays real life survivor Lau Zamperelli, a former Olympic runner who became an Air Force pilot during WWII who was shot down and spent 40 dayson a raft at sea before being picked up by the Japanese and interred in a prisoner of war camp where he endured horrifying torture.

Gleeson plays a fellow survivor and both actors were required to lose almost two stone from their already slender frames for their roles in the film, which is directed by Angelina Jolie.

"It was 24 hours.  You finished work and you're on your own and you've gota fridge full, screaming at you.  You've got to go tunnel vision adn solidarity helped.  I took Domhnall's leadership from the start," reveals O'Connell.

"From early on, he gave my trailer a knock and without patronisation, he said to me, 'Look, I've know what it's like to be where you are, so if I can help in anyway, I'm here.  And that more than anything,that meant so much."

O'Connell was hand-picked for the starring role having had a stunning couple of years with Tower Block, Belfast set '71, and prison drama Starred Up.

READ the FULL interview here: Jack O'Connell is the toast of Hollywood but he says it could have turned out differently

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent
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