Romance is not dead, at least not for Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The famous pair sent each other handwritten love letters while they were filming movies on different continents, Jolie recently revealed to Australia’s TV Week magazine.
They were necessarily in a long-distance relationship while she was directing “Unbroken” in Australia and Pitt, 50, was shooting “Fury” in London. Since they were both working on historical dramas, they decided to act as if their love affair was of another era.
"We decided to be of that time when we could imagine he was in the European theater and I was in the Pacific theater," Jolie revealed. "We wrote handwritten letters to each other that were very connecting for us, thinking of the people that were separated for months if not years at a time back then."
"He was supporting from a distance," said the 39-year-old "Maleficent” star. "It was quite romantic in a way."
Jolie uprooted her six children to Australia in 2013 to shoot the film adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling novel “Unbroken.” Her second directorial endeavor since “In The Land of Blood and Honey,” the historical drama is based on the true story of Olympian and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, who passed away in early July at age 97.
Jolie said she was close with Zamperini and told TV Week she showed the Olympian a rough cut of the movie before he died. "I brought him the film on my laptop in the hospital," she said. "It was amazing seeing someone at the end of their life watching their life unfold again, at the same time their body was shutting down."
Jolie said the war hero "wanted me to make the movie to show something hopeful about the strength of the human spirit that can pull us through. He reminded me to have my surgery in the year that I did and he reminded me to appreciate every day of my life."
The Oscar-winner famously wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times last May where she revealed she had a preventative double mastectomy. Jolie shared she watched her mother suffer with cancer and she did not want her children to be without their mother.
“Unbroken” will debut in theaters on Christmas Day, which is also the last day of the year for a film to be considered for an Oscar.
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