Jack O’Connell: Movie made me tolerant

Jack O'Connell

Jack O’Connell has a “better temperament” since playing a convict.

The 23-year-old Brit, who rose to fame in UK TV show Skins, plays Eric in Starred Up, a troubled teenager who is locked up in the same prison as his father.

It’s a hard hitting film and Jack took away some important lessons from the process.

“There are many messages and lots of questions,” he told Cover Media.

“I took away a better temperament as an individual, more tolerance, a few bruises.”

His next project is Unbroken, in which he plays Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, directed by Angelina Jolie.

For Jack it’s a welcome move to branch out, after playing a rebellious teenager in both Skins and now Starred Up.

“I’m a bit more reluctant these days to be doing the same old,” he admitted.

“I like to be versatile as an actor, that’s the intention. I have to consider these things I guess. I felt like this came at a good time, I’m very conscious of potential typecasting. In terms of whether it’s harder; I don’t find it hard for me, I wanna be mindful.”

The actor called his experiences “phenomenal” and expressed amazement at all the projects he’s been involved in.

Yesterday Jack attended a star-studded screening of Starred Up in Hackney, London.

“So so Buzzin for tonight’s screening of #StarredUp down Hackney tonight. Amongst some cool as f%#¥ folk too I’m honoured, again. (sic)” he wrote on Twitter.

He also takes on an action role in 300: Rise of an Empire, in which he plays Calisto.

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