Interview with Samuel Hunt
Samuel Hunt plays Louis Zamperini in Unbroken: Path to Redemption.
Unbroken: Path of Redemption opens in theaters on September 14. The movie chronicles the story of Louis Zamperini, Olympic gold medalist and war hero, who experienced horrific suffering as a castaway for 47 days and then as a Japanese prisoner of war. The first part of his story was captured in the 2014 film, Unbroken. This movie begins where the previous story left off. Mr. Samuel Hunt plays the lead role as Louis Zamperini. We caught up with him to discuss his part in the movie.
War Cry: What attracted you to this role of Louie Zamperini?
Hunt: First and foremost, it’s an amazing story. As an actor you look for opportunities to be a part of great scripts and great stories. Knowing his story, I wanted to be a part of what the movie covered.
War Cry: What made the deepest impression on you?
Hunt: His drive. When you’re in character you try and ﬁnd what connects on personal level to their experiences. Zamperini was a real person. That’s a bit more responsibility from the actor to connect, to make a bridge between your personal connection and the experiences where you are telling in their story. With Zamperini, his drive was unparalleled in the way he overcame different circumstances and survived. It was shockingly extraordinary. To keep moving forward despite the odds and the idea of hope is extraordinary.
War Cry: What do you hope people will take away from this movie?
Hunt: Despite whatever you face, if you keep waking up, if you keep ﬁghting, there is always a reason to hope. Once people give up hope, even with the capability to survive, they won’t. The movie reminds people to nurture hope in everyday life and connect to faith or whatever that thing is that gives you hope.
War Cry: What are your thoughts on the strong appeals of the Christian faith at the conclusion of the movie?
Hunt: That’s one of the things I love about the movie. It’s factual and really telling the story. That was part of the story.
War Cry: Anything else?
Hunt: I want everybody to know that I genuinely want to honor those in the military. It’s tragic that as a nation we are divided on many issues, but regardless of where we stand, we need to support our members in the military. Like Zamperini, they stand for their country. We need to honor them.
Lt. Colonel Allen Satterlee is Editor in Chief and National Literary Secretary.