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Jolie skips events over chickenpox

Angelina Jolie has proven that even Hollywood megastars are human by revealing she has chickenpox.

In a video on Universal Pictures's YouTube channel, the 39-year-old actor and director said she was pulling out of events to promote her latest film, Unbroken, because of her illness.

In the 39-second clip, an ill-looking Jolie, with what appeared to be a rash across her chest, said she wanted to be "clear and honest" about why she was missing promotional events in the next few days.

She said: "I found out last night that I have chickenpox so I will be home, itching and missing everyone, and I can't believe it because this film means so much to me.

"I just can't believe it but such is life, there it is and send everyone my love and hope everything goes well."

The short clip has already been viewed more than four million times on YouTube.

Unbroken stars young British rising star Jack O'Connell as the late Louis Zamperini, a Second World War hero and athlete who ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Zamperini survived a harrowing 47 days afloat in the Pacific Ocean following the 1943 crash of his US military plane and spent the following two years as a prisoner of war after washing up behind Japanese lines.

Jolie, who has six children with husband Brad Pitt, attended the film's UK premiere in London last month.

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