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Ned Kelly's Beardy Weirdies, Empire (UK), February 2003
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New Orlando Bloom pic surfaces. Empire sales increase.

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."