If you have been reading my blog, you will know of my great admiration for Louis Zamperini and how much I am looking forward to the movie, "Unbroken". The movie will be released in the USA on Christmas Day this year but it had its premiere in Australia yesterday. (The movie was filmed there.)
When Angelina Jolie told Louis Zamperini that she wanted to make this movie so that everyone could see how exceptional he was, he told her, "No, make the movie to show everyone how exceptional THEY are". That quote does not surprise me one bit...watch that interview above if you can, it is an interview that Angelina Jolie gave on the red carpet at the Sydney premiere.
Also, I was very pleased to see that Laura Hillenbrand must be reading my blog! Look at this...
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
I have said that as much as I liked "Unbroken", I truly felt that it was for adults only, so I am glad that the version is available. It looks as if there are lots of photos too, so you know I will be getting this book also!
Now, I have mentioned about the book "Devil At My Heels" which was the first book that I read about Mr. Zamperini. Just days before he died, he completed another book with David Rensin entitled, " Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons From An Extraordinary Life". This book was just released today... and this book will also be on my bookshelf!
And it may only be a small thing, but I see that Clay Zamperini, who is the grandson of Louis, will be in the Unbroken movie as an Olympic torchbearer. This pleases me very much since I can just imagine how much it would have pleased Louis Zamperini!
And my goodness, the actor who plays Louis Zamperini is Jack O'Connell and I heard his real English accent on the red carpet and it is amazing to hear him in the movie trailers for "Unbroken"!
How in the world do British actors do such great American accents? (His mother is Irish and his father is English). I can't figure it out!
The bird in this photo reminds me of something from Mr. Zamperini's story ...but I can't tell you what it is...you will have to read the books or see the movie!