If you are a fan of the original UK version of Skins you are probably saying out loud, “Uh duh! I could have told you this five years ago.”
Jack O’Connell is one to watch. Why now you may ask? He is about to get a big push thanks to World War II hero Louis Zamperini and superstar Angelina Jolie. His new movie Unbroken comes out on Christmas Day, head to head with another movie we are excited for, Into The Woods. Jack plays Louis, a teenage delinquent turned Olympian runner turned WWII Japanese Prisoner of War. To understand why it is getting so much buzz, you just need to watch the trailer.
Wow, right? This movie could be the one to beat across a bunch of the big Oscar categories, Best Actor, Best Director for Angelina Jolie and Best Picture. Heck it could probably scoop up a ton of the technical awards too. It looks beautiful.
Unbroken may be the film that propels him to the big time, Jack has been acting since 2005 when he was 16. Since then he has been in a lot of roles where he played, for lack of a better phrase, a misunderstood prick. Jack found his breakout role as the violent womanising Cook from season 3 to season 7 of Skins.
Check out this clip of him when he is first introduced. He has an, ahem, interesting tattoo…
Jack himself is heavily tattooed which he has said has been a hindrance for him. “They were definitely a mistake I made when I was growing up, and you kind of have to come up with a background of some sort for the role and have discussions with the director about them,” he told Vulture. ” For Starred Up, we just made them look like they were done in an even worse fashion…”
Ah yes. Starred Up. I haven’t seen this movie yet mostly because I’m a little scared to. And by that I mean a lot scared to. The movie is about a troubled and, yes again, violent young man who ends up in the same prison as his father. His character Eric Love seems like the worst British inmate since the real and film versions of Charles Bronson. (Swoon… Tom Hardy)
Watch the highly unsettling trailer. Don’t worry, there is nothing too graphic in it. Just enough to make you know what you will be getting in to with the film.
Now, he may have nailed a role one of the most elusive modern films, Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Film nerds know, this movie has had a long history of being made then not being made and then being cast and not being cast. Terry’s chasing of this film almost seems like a clever marketing ploy to mirror Don Quixote’s own fruitless chase.
The film has been in the works for over a decade with Johnny Depp first attached and then names like Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor. Now, Jack is set to star as a commercial director who ends up in a retelling of the tale. But, if rumours are true, we won’t see this film until spring 2016.
When he was asked what it is about him that makes all of us think he has that indefinable quality of greatness by The Big Issue’s Steven Mackenzie he said, “Cos I’m a gentleman, Steve. I mind my Ps and Qs. I respect people and call them by their necessary titles. I feel there’s a proper way of doing things. I’m not interested in being cool or modern or none of that, mate.”
But my favourite thing that he has said in an interview that I have read was when film critic Kaleem Aftab asked him about his worst fashion faux pas. “I reckon I’m too proud to admit it—I’m of the opinion that I always look boss.” Love it.
Now do yourself a favour and watch this gif over and over again.
And this one.