Then later this year, O'Connell will smoothly step into the big leagues as the lead in Unbroken.
He'll play Louis Zamperini in the properly incredible true story of an Olympic runner (that's Louis) who is captured and becomes a prisoner in Japan during World War II. This is a real award tickler, and did we mention it's directed by Angelina Jolie and written by the Coen brothers? See: BIG.TIME.
We caught up with O'Connell in the latest issue of ASOS magazine
where he talked about his weird, amazing life. 'The whole thing is surreal,' he said. 'But I've become more mature now. I want to preserve. I want to be regarded as one of the best some day. I'm not gonna do that by tw***ing around.'