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The Tasty Elf Scales Beasts, Slays the Ladies and Keeps It Real, eonline.com, December 12, 2003
by H.W. Fowler

It took only one Lord of the Rings flick to turn young English actor Orlando Bloom into a heartthrob. The Return of the King brings back his Elf archer Legolas, but Bloom has already cemented his status as a superstar swashbuckler with Pirates of the Caribbean, and he has signed up for even more swordplay (next year's Troy and the Crusades epic Kingdom of Heaven).

As it conquered the pop-culture landscape, the Rings trilogy launched a fellowship of new, unorthodox hunks. Now, Bloom--along with Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood--dishes on the joys being such delicious man flesh, the end of the journey and the future of Middle-earth.

Where does Legolas fit into the overall scheme of Rings?
I felt so lucky to play this cool little Elf. He really represents the eyes and the ears of the Fellowship. The Elves are a race of incredibly graceful and angelic, wise and yet humble, noble beings, so it was really an honor to play one. Especially an Elf like Legolas, who goes on a journey from this high-status being to becoming a part of the Fellowship and a real character.

One of the best moments in Return of the King is when Legolas single-handedly takes down a giant battle oliphaunt (aka Mūmakil).
It was so much fun to shoot that sequence. I did it in pickup, so it was only about six months ago. It was three days of climbing sandbags, flying around on the wire and battling stunt guys. But I had to have a serious talk with my digital double--make sure his motivation was just right.

Legolas is so balanced in that fight it's actually funny. Must've been kind of ironic, too, since you're always falling off of stuff and breaking bones.
Totally ironic. He's so far more graceful and poised than I am.

Has playing him made you any more coordinated?
I hope that's one of the things that's rubbed off on me, for sure.

Graceful or not, you're one of the bigger sex symbols to come out of a movie series that manufactures sex symbols like Saruman manufactures Orcs.
These characters were so well written by Tolkien, and the actors that Peter [Jackson] chose to play the roles--my fellow castmates--have all got great integrity and a great sense of commitment to each role. I think that comes through in a very attractive kind of way.

What has it felt like personally?
It's been quite a trip. I'm very blessed to have had that whole kind of experience, but I'm still trying to find my stride, to be honest. I try not to think about it, but I'm very grateful to the fans, I've got to tell you. Truth is, I'm an actor; we make movies or we act in plays because we want the performances to be seen. So, fans are why we do it, and the fans of Lord of the Rings and my fans seem quite respectful. They seem to be really into the work, and it's not about celebrity for me, so that's quite rewarding.

And the movies themselves? Pete really entered a whole new territory with these films. They're fantasy films, yet based so much in reality with a crossover of visual effects and special effects and costumes and incredible CG characters, along with great actors playing roles that each have an arc and, so, feel very real. So, he's found this middle ground, in Middle Earth, which is a perfect blend.