Jack O'Connell let out a big yawn in the middle of our interview. Who could blame him? It was after 6 p.m. on a recent Friday night in New York, and the tired star had spent the day doing interviews in support of "Unbroken." The film, directed by Angelina Jolie, stars O'Connell as Louis Zamperini, an Olympic long-distance runner and Air Force bombardier who, after crashing into the Pacific Ocean and surviving at sea for 47 days, spent two years as a prisoner of war at the end of World War II. The 24-year-old O'Connell had to lose a significant amount of weight to play Zamperini, and his performance has been heralded as one of the year's true breakout turns. That means people want to talk with O'Connell, and often. He's now living proof of the old cliché that actors receive their salaries not for the onscreen work, but the press requirements that come after.
"I had not heard that anecdote until last night," O'Connell admitted. "So the penny dropped hard."