The Jolie-Pitt clan had a hard time stealing the spotlight, though, as that honor belonged to the nearly two dozen World War II veterans attending to support the film honoring the life of former Olympian and P.O.W. Louis “Louie” Zamperini, including two veterans who were interned in Zamperini’s prison camp. Also in attendance were Zamperini’s two children, Cynthia Garris and Luke Zamperini, who said there could be no greater way to honor their father’s life than with this film, which is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 biography of the same name.
“We’re so, so happy. We’re so proud of father and we’re so grateful to Angelina and the people at Universal. They’ve made our dreams come true and an old soldier’s dreams come true,” Garris said.