Finally Orlando!, Break Out! (The Netherlands), August 14, 2003
scans and translation by Samantha
Oh, we have been trying to
interview Orlando Bloom for a long time. But when the Fellowship of the Ring,
Black Hawk Down and The Two Towers were released he was either busy or on
vacation. But we hit the jackpot with the Pirates of the Caribbean! If we
wanted to interview Orlando in London, what did you think?
Still sleepy, Orlando
joins us for the interview when we fin-a-lly get to speak with him. The star
from Pirates of the Caribbean is not yet fully awake. And that is not that odd:
he hit it big time last night at the premiere of Pirates... in London. But
despite his hangover, Orli looks fit. His long black hair hangs in strings
over his beautiful eyes, his baggy clothes look cool on him and the cool rings
that are around his fingers are shiny. He takes a sip water and says: "Okay,
I am ready. What do you wanna know?"
BO!: Have you always wanted to
play a pirate?
OB: "Of course, isn't
that the dream of every boy? It was mine too! I used to watch pirate movies with
Errol Flynn on Sunday afternoons when I was younger. It looked like so much fun
to walk around with a piece of cloth over my eye, cross swords and enter the
BO!: How did you get the part
of blacksmith Will Turner?
OB: "It was really
coincidental actually. At the final party of my next movie Ned Kelly I was
talking to Geoffrey Rush (who plays captain Barbossa). I asked him what he was
going to do after Ned Kelly and then he told me about Pirates of the Caribbean.
He told me that Johnny Depp was in it and they were still looking for someone
to play the part of Will. Where do I sign? I shouted out and a little while
later I was on board."
BO!: Did you do all the stunts
in Pirates yourself?
OB: "Not everything,
because the insurance company doesn't allow you to. But the scenes I could not
do myself, were done by an incredibly good stuntman. "
BO!: In 1998 you broke your back when you fell out
of a window. Don't you think it is dangerous to play these action roles?
OB: "No, I don't. I have
trained really hard to get fit for this movie. And the doctor that operated on me
after I fell told me that my back was completely healed. But they have
recommended me to eat a little bit more steak."
BO!: But you are a vegetarian!
OB: "That is true. My
broken back might have healed but I kept having this nagging pain. When I was
working on Lord of the Rings I saw an expert about it. He told me that one
steak a week would ease the pain a little. It is a complicated medical story,
but it did help! I have no pain since. "
BO!: Did you have to develop
more skills for Pirates?
OB: "I had to learn to
handle a sword. I had experience with action
scenes because of Lord of the Rings but sword fighting is something totally
different from archery. It is really hard!"
BO!: But you were in good
OB: "Yes and not just in
any hands: I got sword fighting lessons from Bob Anderson. He used to be pirate actor
Errol Flynn's Trainer. He even doubled for Errol in the Master of Ballantrae,
that is cool!"
BO!: What do you remember the
most from shooting Pirates?
OB: "The difficult shoots
on the ships. In contrast with Lord of the rings all the pirate ships were
really built. But the hard wind, high waves and clouds made the takes sometimes
very difficult. At one time director Gore Verbinski got really mad. He finally
shot a difficult seen well, he sees a oil tank in the background when he viewed the scene. Oi, he was mad, haha!"
BO!: Your new project is also
one to be looking forward to: Troy.
OB: "Troy will be so
cool. It will be a gladiator-like spectacle about Greek heroes, we are shooting
it in Malta and Mexico at the moment. I play Paris, the prince of Troy whom in
1193 (BC) steals Helena from her husband, the Greek ruler Melenaus. The Greek declare, whose
leader is Achilles, war to the Trojans,
whose leader is prince Hector."
BO!: In Troy Achilles is being
played by Brad Pitt!
OB: "Isn't it Cool? The
whole cast is great, we've also got hulk-actor Eric Bana. But I have been
through something really weird with Brad on Malta. Before the shoots we had a 'Cast-dinner'.
When Brad and I went outside afterwards, what happened then....."
BO!: Tell us!
OB: "The whole street was
filled with cheering shouting people. I never saw anything like it. Look, something like that happens at premieres... But in a small alley in Malta you
don't expect anything like that!"
BO!: What do you think of all
OB: "It is nice, intimidating
and overwhelming at the same time. On the other side it sometimes is also is
annoying. I just want to be an actor, not a sex symbol. The fun part is that you
get a lot of sweet fan mail. The other day a girl wrote me: Orli you are not
only a sex symbol, you are also a nice boy. I thought that was so sweet. "
BO!: What do you do with all
the fan mail?
OB: "When I have time I
read it. But it is starting to become so much that I've got a whole team to
take care of my mail. Every week I go to them for a couple of hours to sign
pictures, cards and goodies. My team does the rest. I would prefer to handle
everything myself but then I should clone myself and I wouldn't really like
that. Although a lot of girls would think different about that, haha!"