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Jack O'Connell dreamed of buffet

Jack O'Connell says blacking out was the worst part of filming Unbroken.

In the Angelina Jolie-directed film Jack plays Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who was held as a prisoner during World War II and survived 47 days adrift on a raft.

It comes as no surprise that the 24-year-old had to slim down for the role. What did shock him though was how long it took to get back into food.

"[I imagined myself] nosediving into a wonderful buffet," he laughed to the British edition of Glamour magazine.

"[But] the idea of eating burgers and pizzas was intolerable. I couldn't hack it. My appetite has been terrible and it's only just back to working order."

Following such a strict diet took its toll on Jack when he was on set, too.

"The worst moment was blacking out a couple of times, at the same point in the scenes. One of the guys caught me," he recalled.

It's Jack's biggest role to date, after making a name for himself as a troubled teen in British TV show Skins.

Being directed by Angelina and coming face to face with her husband Brad Pitt was daunting but ended up being an amazing experience for him.

"Working with Angie, I'd like to think I didn't have expectations, but then if I didn't, I wouldn't have been surprised to the level I was when I met her," he reasoned to Total Film magazine.

"She presented herself as a total equal from the beginning, and I saw her carry out that same attitude on set.

"And her fella and the family, her kids - there's an ethos they have that's a bit contagious. There was even a time where [Brad] was going to be on the aircraft with us, with dialogue or not. That would've been insane!"

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