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Jack O’Connell on dodging jail, charming Angelina Jolie and taking Hollywood by storm
A bright, crisp, spring afternoon in Mayfair and Jack O’Connell — dressed almost entirely in Dior, his scuffed blue suede Adidas the only nod to his pre-fame life — is sitting on a velvet sofa in one of the best suites at the Dorchester, reflecting on the downsides of stardom.
‘My whole life’s different,’ he says in his thick Derby accent. ‘I can’t live the life I grew up living. I used to enjoy going to the football, being around ordinary folk, or so-called ordinary folk, and family get-togethers. Now even they’re difficult. If I go to certain dos every f***er in there’s gonna want a photo.’ Then there’s the small matter of his (perfectly passable) ‘English’ teeth: ‘Whenever I go to LA, people tell me I should get my teeth done. Unless they want theirs f***ing rearranging as well I suggest they keep their mouth shut. My teeth are my teeth and I’ll be f***ed if I’m ever going to do a job on them just to serve their purposes. Well f*** ’em anyway.’ He gives a blast of infectious laughter. ‘I’m not Hollywood. There’s not a bit of me that ever wants to consider myself “Hollywood”.’
Used to playing characters with an acute sense of justice and a fierce survival instinct, Jack O’Connell sometimes appears to have found his niche in the film industry. After first catching the eye in Shane Meadows’s seminal British drama This is England, Jack embarked upon a career that has taken him from the coming-of-age, poppers, fucking and family feuds drama Skins, to playing the heroic Louis Zamperini, marathon runner turned war hero, whose Herculean feat of survival Jack brought to the screen in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.
But there’s more to the man – and the actor – than survival instinct and profound feats of physical or mental strength. Fame, some fortune and getting recognised in the street have not made
Jack detached from his sense of duty to his own identity, his family and his friends, though he knows that the trappings of modern celebrity have left many ostracised from those they love.