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Angelina Jolie Has Chicken Pox, Cancels Unbroken Promotion

Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie said on Friday that she has chicken pox and will be unable to attend events for her World War Two drama “Unbroken.”

“Unbroken” is the survival story of prisoner of war and Olympic runner Louis Zamperini. The film has a U.S. premiere in Los Angeles on Monday and opens in theaters on December 25, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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I just want to be clear and honest why I will be missing the ‘Unbroken’ events in the next few days, which is that I found out last night that I have chicken pox.

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Universal Pictures announced that Jolie has a “mild bout of chicken pox” that will prevent her from making public appearances to support the movie she directed. The studio said Jolie’s children and husband, Brad Pitt, will take her place at the premiere, according to Fox News.

Jolie said that was was personally moved by Zamperini’s story, and that the film means more to her than anything. “I will be home, itching and missing everyone. I can’t believe it because this film means so much to me,” she said in her video statement.

Louis Zamperini, who died this year at the age of 97, was an Olympic runner who survived 47 days on a life raft after being tortured for over two years after he and Russell Phillips were captured by the Japanese in 1943. His ordeal, including his struggles with alcoholism, were the focus of Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 biography, “Unbroken.”

Jolie said she was inspired by Zamperini’s resilience and his flaws. Last year, Jolie and Pitt commissions a painting of Zamperini to present to his wife for Christmas. While Zamperini never saw the completed film, Jolie rushed to his bedside when he was hospitalized to show him a rough cut of the movie, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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