Hurt in a High Fall, Aftonbladet (Sweden), January 13, 2003
translated by Sofia
“The Lord of the Rings star: I thought that I
never would be able to walk again”
Orlando Bloom had many adventures as he
was playing Legolas, through the time shooting “the Lord of the rings”.
he has been in worse action in his real life. He fell three floors and hurt his
- At the hospital they said that I could end up in a wheelchair. For four days I thought that would never be able to walk again, says
The accident happened in 1999. Later he got the role as a soldier
in “Black Hawk Down”. A soldier who falls out a helicopter – and breaks
Falling down from a terrace outside his friends apartment has
evidently not scared Orlando Bloom. His big interest is extreme sports. In New
Zealand he threw himself off high bungyjumps a couple of hours after arriving
in Queenstown, and he learned to surf.
Broke his rib
And during the
production he had to fight a lot.
- I wanted to do all the stunts
myself. There was so many cool stuff. I learned to ride, fight, do archery, says
Orlando Bloom. I fell off a horse and broke a rib but… hey, it’s alright.
do you want to put yourself in risky positions?
- I spent a lot of
time to learn this stuff. Of course I wanted that to appear.
Orlando Bloom when the first film was going to be premiered. Since then, he has been
working hard. The role as action-elf is only the beginning. We will soon see him
in more “boy-dream-roles”:
Cowboy: In “The Kelly gang”, western in Australia,
premiere in september.
Pirate: He has the starring role with Johnny Depp in
“Pirates of the Caribbean”, coming in august.
Boxer: In the comedy “The Calcium
Kid” he plays a milkman and amateur boxer who gets to meet the world champion.
Prince: In the coming “Troy”, about the old greeks, he plays Paris who steals the
beautiful Helena and starts the Trojan war. Brad Pitt is Achilles.
Bloom's first film job was as a prostitute with one line in “Wilde”. After that he
went onto theater school.
Distracted by girls
And he went on an audition
for Peter Jackson.
- I got the job two days before I graduated from theater school, says Orlando Bloom. Before that I felt nervous to graduate. And
to then be offered to play Legolas in “the Lord of the rings” was the most
overwhelming thing I’ve ever experience. Like winning in the lottery.
He realised soon
what the job meant.
- It was a perfect gift. I got experience. A big
role. Learning to work with the camera, says Orlando Bloom. It was like getting a
whole career as a gift.
Did you know Tolkiens world?
- I started to
read it when I was fourteen. I got halfway through the second part, but I was
distracted by girls and such things. I read all the books when I got the part. It
was really good to have “the Lord of the rings” as a bible though the time
shooting. There was all the background, much information on the
Orlando Bloom was in New Zealand for 18 months.
- It was
dazed years, to end up on the other side of the globe, totally away from all
friends. We worked six days a week, often 14 hours a day.
He describes his character Legolas and the elfs. How they don’t take from the earth, only give.
To play Legolas was to be constantly tense.
- Elves are so constantly
focused. How many yoga classes do you have to go to be like that?
know Orlando. But sitting still one moment could also be
It’s his 26th birthday today.
Name: Orlando Bloom.
He got his name after Virginia Woolfs novel "Orlando" (1937).
Is called: Orli.
Born: 13 January 1977 in Canterbury.
Family: Single. One big sister. Dad Harry
Bloom was anti-apartheid activist from South Africa and wrote the book "Transvaal
Debut: In "Wilde" 1997.
Coming up: As Legolas in ”The Two towers” and
“Kelly Gang” in April.