Angelina Jolie has revealed to Australia's TV WEEK magazine that she and husband Brad Pitt wrote each other love letters while filming on opposite sides of the world.

While Jolie was directing her upcoming war drama Unbroken in Australia, Brad Pitt was filming his drama Fury in London.

"He was supportive from a distance and it was quite romantic in a way," she says of their rare separation.

"We decided to be of that time when we could imagine he was in the European theatre and I was in the Pacific theater and we wrote hand-written 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."

Jolie, 39, also opens up about a special moment with Olympic athlete and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, upon whom her new movie is based.

The star was able to meet 97-year-old Zamperini just before he died from pneumonia on July 2, to show him a rough cut of her film.

“I brought him the film on my laptop in the hospital and 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,” she says emotionally.

“He 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 war movie, which will be Jolie's second as director, is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling novel Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption and stars Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund, and Domhnall Gleeson.

 

Jolie was talking to TV WEEK at Universal Studios during a break in editing of the film that was shot in Australia.

 

Unbroken is scheduled for release on December 25, 2014.

 

By Jenny Cooney Carrillo