Louie Zamperini's life story is epic. He overcame adversity to get to the Olympics, became a top bombardier in World War II, survived 47 days at sea after a plane crash and endured two and a half years in a prison camp. And all of that only scratches the surface.
The book was an instant bestseller, but the shark attack, the war and the sheer emotions that came with it would make for a difficult film production. Needless to say, someone special was needed to bring this story to the big screen. Angelina Jolie stepped up to the challenge.
"I remember thinking, 'Why has it taken over 50 years for someone to do this, it’s the most obvious movie,'" Jolie tells New Day's Chris Cuomo. "And then there was a day where I thought, 'Oh. That’s why.'"
She showed Zamperini the film toward the end of his life. He was in the hospital, "preparing himself to pass away," Jolie says.
"He was revisiting his memories. And I was just there to watch those sparkly blue eyes, and, you know, just felt honored to be there."
When she started preparing to direct "Unbroken," Jolie was making the decision to have a preventive double mastectomy after her doctors told her that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. She is grateful that she was able to be around Zamperini at that time; that she was able to focus on his survival story while essentially writing her own.[protected-iframe id="d4aeea25ba9fd1e5ec04191e3dc7d2f8-51343834-19950648" info="http://www.cnn.com/video/api/embed.html#/video/bestoftv/2014/12/10/newday-cuomo-angelina-jolie-unbroken-part-2.cnn" width="416" height="234" frameborder="0"]
"Unbroken" comes to theaters on Christmas Day.
On “Orange is the New Black,” Diane Guerrero’s character Maritza is a tough Latina who is separated from her young daughter while she does time. It’s a pretty moving storyline on its own, but Guerrero’s real life is just as captivating, if not more.
When she was 14 years old, she came home to an empty house. The cars were out front, the lights were on and dinner had been started, but there was no one home to finish it. Neighbors told her that immigration officers had taken her parents and older brother away.
“I broke down. I hid under the bed because I was afraid that someone was going to come for me.”
John Cleese was a Cambridge-educated man, about to begin a career in law, when he was discovered performing with some of his classmates and put on the West End ("the English Broadway" he calls it). What came from that was the hugely popular comedy group Monty Python, roles in films ranging from "Harry Potter" to "James Bond 007," and an Oscar nomination for screenwriting “A Fish Called Wanda.”
He sat down with “New Day” to talk about the start of his career, when he knew he’d made it and how glad he is that he avoided becoming a lawyer.
Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stopped by the New Day set to weigh in on the midterm elections. He credited his party's wins to what voters have seen from Republican leaders in other states.
"People are so tired of the gridlock and the ugliness in Washington, they want to see things get done. I think they rewarded Republican governors because they've been getting things done."
Now that the midterms are over, is Christie ready to decide whether he'll run for president in 2016? Not quite; he'll have an answer sometime next year.
"There's three questions I'll ask myself: is it right for me, is it right for my family, is it right for my country? And if I don't answer yes to all three, I won't run, and if I do answer yes to all three, then I will."