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Orlandoís Frustated, Hitkrant (The Netherlands), August 30, 2003
translation by Lenny of Bloomania, scans by Liahwen

He broke almost every body part, has many scars and almost couldnít walk. Now you might think that we are talking about some old man, but no, we are talking about Orlando Bloom! And here is a small tip: donít ever tell him that he is hot, or he will break your legs!

Hitkrant:

In Lord of the Rings you draw a lot of attention, and in Pirates you are that hot Orlando Bloom again, why are you so hot?

Orlando:

I ask myself some times. It is better then being a monster but I donít take it too seriously. In reality it is no big deal. I can still walk around on the street or go to a bar without being recognized constantly. I read that Iím hot and think by myself, thatís not bad for someone covered with scars and has broken almost everything!

Hitkrant:

Can you imagine that some people really get excited when you are on the big screen?

Orlando:

No, itís very strange. But I can imagine that people will do anything to be with their idols, I had the same thing with Radiohead. From their first concert I was a groupie. And I still would love to meet them!

Hitkrant:

You almost had to give up your dream.

Orlando:

Six years ago I fell off a roof and the doctors thought I could never walk again. Fortunately, they fixed things upand two weeks later I walked out of the hospital. Iím a person that gets hurt easily or breaks something very easily. A very vulnerable person!

Hitkrant:

Also in love?

Orlando:

I do not like to talk about my personal life. In this business itís better to build a wall around yourself and not to tell personal things. And especially about your love life. Being an actor makes it very difficult to find out why a woman likes you: your looks, your work, your friends or you. When the magazines find about your new lover, they ruin everything, especially when you just met someone. So, that makes me more vulnerable than I was.

Hitkrant:

Is that because when you were in school people bullied you?

Orlando:

I donít know, people didnít have much time to bully me. I went to school until sixteen. I was dyslectic (I still am) and teachers didnít interest me. I was a little bit strange, the quiet type of guy that never joined in on anything. Sometimes people teased me, but I wasnít the loser of the school.

Hitkrant:

What kind of guy were you?

Orlando:

The quiet one. And I still am, many times. I have two sides, one that enjoys being in the spotlight and I can also explode with anger when someone speaks to me again about Lord of the Rings.

Hitkrant:

You were quite angry about an article in an Australian magazine that said you were just a small actor.

Orlando:

Of that story. Yes, they wrote that after LOTR and POTC I would never be a great actor. And that I would only play in drama and costume movies. And they finished the article with: But he still is hot! It was like I only choose to play in costume movies and I enjoyed being a sort of pin-up. Do I like being a pin-up? No f*cking way!

Hitkrant:

Do you have plans for the near future?

Orlando:

I will take some time off, to relax. I lot of things have happened to me in the past years and I feel the need to do nothing for a while. Just writing in my diary, visiting friends, swimming, just the normal things. A lot of people advised me, now that Iím hot, to do as many movies as I can. But I donít want that right now. You will see when I get back. That can be tomorrow, but also next year! One thing is sure: I'll be back!