A Bloomin' Moviestar He Is!, bluntreview.com, July 2003
by Emily Blunt
is one of those "emerging" mega-stars. Granted we who are a smidge behind in the
acknowledgment of his manly beauty are forgiven this retched faux pas as his
role in Black Hawk Down wasn't huge and then in the extra super-duper
fantastic Lord of the Rings films he was an elf.
Sure, we gals noticed the frolicking bow master but yet we were
distracted by the oodles of manly men beside him.
Well, as a
chickbabe known for spotting a special slice of mansteak on them there screens,
I tell you now, know, love, discover, and swoon for Mr. Orlando Bloom.
Not only does
he have the talent - as his blockbuster casting would hint - but gals take the
sixty-foot vision we've been teased with, and multiple that times -like- ten
because this man is positively edible in person! I have not lost my
composure so bad since Javier Bardem (aka - the definition of my "type" walked
into the room!). Oh, and after talking to him I can vouch that he has a charming
personality that makes the even most respectable gal want to go exhibitionist
style rabid rhesus monkey on his adorable buttocks.
We met to chat
about his next flick Pirates of the Caribbean: The
Legend of the Black Pearl.
sorry handsome man before me; I meet so many young handsome stars, what's your
name again? Hrrrr.
not sure anymore! [laughter]
was it like playing the guy who didn't want to be a pirate yet was ultimately
forced to be a scallywag?
ORLANDO: He [Will] got to be a pirate! It was awesome. A great time.
It was odd because Johnny [Depp] kind of created that mad kind of fellow! This
incredible drunken sea legged Keith Richards thing, which was really… I mean it
didn't read like that on the page so it was amazing to see it! And it left me
wide open to do what was there on the page for me. Which was kind of the earnest
true blue straight shooting guy with an interesting arc. It was kind of a more
human thing about Will. I really wanted to be doing what Johnny did and that's
why I had a little go of it in the film! [laughter]
mean your brief but spot-on impression of "Jack Sparrow [Johnny Depp's indelible
character in Pirates]?
yeah! I was talking to him when we were flying into St Vincent and I said, "I
want to be doing what you're doing! Maybe I could do an impression." And Jerry
[Bruckheimer]was there and said, "Why not we'll write it in." - And I got a
little shot at it.
EMILY: Did you
rehearse for Pirates at all?
did some stuff together ya. Like fight stuff.
EMILY: So you
knew about Johnny's character
ORLANDO: No. I
didn't know I saw that when we started filming like everyone else actually. I
knew he was going to do a Depp number on it I just didn't know what it would be
and when I saw it I thought fantastic. I think everyone else was like
whhoooaaaa. I think the studio was like whooaoaoa but then they got it. But
that's what as a young actor to go see somebody like Johnnie that creates a
character from nothing. He really puts himself out there he's so great and
courageous in the way he just goes okay! I mean this is a Disney movie it could
fall flat on his face- it could go all wrong and Disney could be that's not
going to work. But he goes with it whole-heartedly and takes it there. Johnny
does that ya know? And it always works
EMILY: Are you
good at that? Going for whole-heartedly?
try. I mean I don't think I've been able so far yet really. I 'm at the
beginning of my career and I hope I get to get the opportunity to play someone
diverse and dark and more serious in the story.
will now! You've got what? Four major films - the scripts will be pilling
hopefully they'll be the ones I want to do. Allot of the scripts that pile in?
They're not me.
about your "indie" venture the Calcium Kid?
ORLANDO: Yeah that was fun. I got to be a bit of a clown. There's a
lot of these man characters and Jimmy's the through line. He's like a smooth
simple sweet guy. It's for kids; twenties and younger. A sweet movie. I dunno
maybe it will appeal to everyone. It's a sweet "popy" kind of story and I was
working with a friend Alex on it. This is something; you know what someone told
me? The budget of that movie, the Calcium Kid, was the same as the after
party for Lord of the Rings! [laughter] It was made for like a million and a
half dollars. Go figure! Eric Felner at Working Title told me that…isn't that
EMILY: It just
proves good movies don't need 100 million dollars to be good.
Absolutely! I couldn't agree more. But who knows if it's a good movie you
haven't seen it yet [laughter]
EMILY: Do you
think it's a good movie?
[laughter} I hope it'll be! I saw it the other day and it wasn't what I thought
it was going to be but I really liked it. But this is much more kind of "teenie"
sweet comedy. But it's good. I think it will be liked. There's nothing not to
like about it. It's cool.
EMILY: How is
it as an actor to look at the script and do a performance and then when you go
to see the film it's not what you thought you did, or the editor changed the
it's the worst! That's the way I'd seen it and you did this and then that. That
sometimes happens not always but I suppose that's part of the job isn't it. And
you can only do what you can do and at the end of the day you have to put
yourself in the hands of the people who share the vision or you share their
vision. But essentially there's kind of a right of passage as a young actor and
you have to pay your dues. Fortunately I've been able to do that in great
movies. Face it. I hoping that now …soon anyway… after TroyI can start
doing - you know - stories that I really want to do and work with directors that
really want to work with me. Hopefully.
getting big enough now- you could go after the directors.
hope so I'd love to do that.
EMILY: So how
good are you with a sword? In every movie it seems you're there with a
ORLANDO: [laughter] Crazy isn't" I haven't chosen it like that. I
haven't been like, " Is there a sword in that movie? Alright, I'll do it!" No.
It's just kind of worked like that! Now I have these great skills that are
completely useless in everyday life you know what I mean? [laughter] Like bow
and arrow what am I going to do with that walking down the street?
you had to go back to New Zealand to do any reshoots for the final Lord of the
and I was so emotional to say goodbye to that. Ahhh… it's the last time I don
the blonde wigs and the pointy ears. They gave me my bow and arrow after the
last shot and they cut together a little clip of "leggy" moments from the movie.
There's this bit- they played it to me - you know the eighties that kind of song
like "Hungry Eyes?"
EMILY: Oh sure
it's like Viggo pulling his sword, then there's me going [he bats his eyes]. It
was so funny! [laughter] It was this whole homoerotic thing and Ian's going [he
EMILY: Can I
get a copy? [I said this without jest or humor quite frankly- with an eyebrow
raised in fantasy visions of this young buck frolicking in elven
[laughter] You! Ah, you know maybe Peter will put it on the dvd! Can you
imagine! Totally. We had such a laugh. You should see the photos - the Polaroids
we've got. [laughter] But it was so much fun. You know what's going to be
awesome? Pete…everything is documented. Pete loves that shit! The gag reel he's
going to do is going to be all that shit!
EMILY: Lord of the
Rings is really a ten hour film that out of necessity had to be released
three separate smaller pieces don't you think?
totally is. I mean it's a book. One long book separated into three books.
Because nobody wanted to carry that big fucker around! [laughter] I don't know
what they could do- but as a director? I'm sorry Jackson deserves the Oscar - he
deserves that. It's incredible.
you every been on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride?
I've haven't had the opportunity. It's not that I didn't want to go.
EMILY: You can
go at the premiere it's at Disneyland.
kknnnooowww. I'm hoping to get back from Troyin time.
EMILY: How is
it to work with all these great actors? To come in and do a scene with
just raises the bar. It really does. It's intimidating sometimes. When I was
working with Johnny? I was like forget about it! Hey forget the close up gimme
the two shot! [laughter] Do you know what I mean? [laughter] He's so fucking
about working with Brad Pitt on the up-coming Troy?
wish I did more in terms of acting with Brad. It's amazing to work with the
people you admire in the business and get so close and experience what they're
doing! It's amazing!
names I'm throwing around, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt - the sexiest men alive etc -
really you're up there now! Don't you think?
I've heard. [He throws this sly inviting glance…maybe it was just me and my over
active lustful mind…] It's very fucking strange! Weird ya know? I'm not doing
this for that. I love the work you know what I mean. I can see how you have to
do it because it's part of getting the work done and getting the movie out
there. I'm not really…I'm working as actor 'cause love working as actor and I'm
trying to figure out the rest of it. It's a weird by product.
EMILY: What do
you think about the tabloids now that you - as a hot new man about film - are
about to make front-page news?
ORLANDO: I just don't read those magazines. And I don't go out
[laughter]. I do! You just don't take it serious. People say very nasty things
in those magazines about people and I know for a fact for example Brad is a
fantastic guy and doing a great job and somebody told me there's a story
somebody wrote that he uses steroids or some shit. Do me a fucking favor! The
guy has an amazing trainer. I mean have you seen his body? He doesn't need
EMILY: No I
have not…[well, Fight Club…]
[laughter] Well I HAVE! [laughter] and he doesn't need to. It's just why do
people do that? I guess they make money off it. I guess people want to hear that
shit. What can you do? I guess it's like water off a duck's back. It's all kind
of new for me and hopefully I wont get it too bad. It's a little bit strange I
experienced that [the women wanting a man so bad they drooled thing…] actually
in Malta with Brad. We had a cast dinner and we all left and went to a bar. We
had to walk a hundred meters to the bar and fucking the whole of the town
swooned on this guy! It was insane. They were just trying to touch him it was
like [he reaches and touches me]
EMILY: Do that
again-I'm not following [laughter]ORLANDO: [he does] It was mad. I was
freaked out. He was so composed man. He was like, "Just keep waking. Don't stop
walking and we'll be fine? If you stop it can get really scary." He's got a
bodyguard with him.
when I saw Pirates and your name came up all the girls - and some men- shrieked.
Are you ready for this?ORLANDO: Thanks! I'm picking Brad's brain as to how to deal. And Johnny
[Depp] is great for that too. ' Cause I think Johnny's done it very well.
They're both great for that. Brad is kind of a sort of different thing and
Johnny's chosen a different thing.
With that we were interrupted and the
beautiful talent said his goodbyes…
Orlando truly has the talent to back up his marketable looks.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of the Black Pearl is fantastic! And
I for one can not wait to see Troy; the cast that portray the likes of
Achilles, Mercury and Hector are on the check-list of hunks you'd cast in a
private little epic in your own mind's eye...trust me….dvd pre-order
keep your eye out for Orlando's name he seems to pick exceptional films…I
wonder if he's as good at picking stock winners?