Jack O'Connell: Filmmakers have a 'responsibility'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 May 2016
Jack O'Connell

Jack O'Connell

Jack O'Connell says it is important for filmmakers to stay relevant and address the wider issues of society

Jack O'Connell says filmmakers have a "responsibility" to stay relevant.

The 'Unbroken' star believes it is important for movies to address wider issues as without it, he feels there is a possibility that "those kinds of conversations will be taken out of the public eye".

He said: "I'd seen Network maybe only a year before I'd read the script for Money Monster. I really responded well to that film, and that kind of filmmaking that really raises questions about the society we live in and how it's financially run. If we don't, we're in danger of those kinds of conversations being taken out of the public eye.

"I think we have a responsibility as filmmakers, as storytellers, to remain relevant. A lot of stories are told to distract us. By demonstrating it through a character that has been done-over, we can echo the voice of millions of people being stolen from."

The 25-year-old actor hopes he can look back on his career one day and see a "diverse range of work".

He told Flaunt magazine: "It's what I'd like to achieve on the whole as an actor: a diverse range of work.

"It's gonna be a lot easier for certain production companies to cast me in a role that they've already seen me do. In my opinion, that's a lack of imagination, and that's unhelpful to me. But I'm not looking for handouts, either."

Meanwhile, Jack previously revealed George Clooney helped him to "hit the ground running" on the set of 'Money Monster'.

He shared: "With thanks for George, I hit the ground running. I felt very comfortable around him. We have similar interests as well, regarding sport. If I was lost with something he helped me discover it. That's very giving, as an actor, that's very generous."

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