Ned Kelly's Beardy Weirdies, Empire (UK), February 2003
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Orlando Bloom must love it down under. Fresh from spending a year in New
Zealand with a bunch of Hobbits, he'd barely touched down in Blighty before
flying back to Oz to star alongside Heath Ledger in Gregor Jordan's Ned Kelly,
where he plays Joe, Irish right-hand man to Australia's most notorious outlaw.
Our exclusive pic shows the duo in full-on bearded (though not at all ugly)
mode. So why the haste, Mr. Bloom? "It was a smaller ensemble which I was
looking to do, and i could shoulder a bit more responsibility without having it
be the lead," he told Empire, "I met Gregor Jordan in LA beforehand, and he just
said, 'you know mate, it's going to be a bit of fun - we're going to be out
there on horses, shooting guns, riding around and having fun.' Which it was. It
feels like it will stand the test of time because it is a piece of Australian
history. He (ned Kelly) is their kind of hero."