Why Did Angelina Jolie Decide to Direct ‘Unbroken’? (Video)

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If you’re an Angelina Jolie fan, you may have noticed she’s moving a little bit away from acting lately, as directing seems to be becoming her first love.

That’s why it was interesting to me to watch this little snippet of a Hollywood Reporter video of Angelina Jolie talking about why she decided to direct ‘Unbroken, the film about Louis Zamperini, a US Olympic athlete who was captured by the Japanese during World War II.

Angelina Jolie says she got into directing ‘accidentally’, as she had never really wanted to direct. But she wrote ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey‘, a piece about the war in Yugoslavia, and when it was decided to turn it into a film, and they were looking for a director, Jolie was worried the film would be spoiled by someone else. So, she volunteered to direct the film, and the rest, of course, is history.

As for why Angelina Jolie decided to direct ‘Unbroken‘, she read the book first, and wanted to ‘follow in his footsteps’ (Louis Zamperini’s). Then she realized what the book was about — the strength of the human spirit — and knew she had to direct the movie.

As for if Angelina Jolie will direct more movies? Watch the snippet video below to find out. And, if you are interested in the ‘The Directors’ episode from The Hollywood Reporter featuring Angelina, Richard Linklater, Christopher Nolan, Mike Leigh, Morten Tyldum and Bennett Miller, you can watch that in its entirety in the second video.