More of the Rings, icCoventry, December 13, 2002
By Paul Allen
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson
STARS: Elijah Wood
as Frodo, Sean Astin as Sam, Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, Orlando Bloom as Elf
Legolas and John Rhys-Davies as Dwarf Gimli
OPENS: Wednesday 18
The second part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy
opens next Wednesday - and this time it's action all the way.
The first film devoted plenty of time to setting
the scene and developing the plot and characters, but The Two Towers bursts into
action from the word go.
Actor Orlando Bloom, who stars as Legolas the elf
archer, says a series of dynamic battle scenes dominates the new adventure.
"We let rip with them," he says. "I become Action
Elf. With the first film we had all these characters to introduce and a really
complicated story to explain.
"That meant there was a lot of the film which
didn't have much action in it, but now we've done that, this one is fantastic -
and it sets up the great finale that everyone will be hanging out to see."
In next week's offering, Legolas, Aragorn and
Gimli the dwarf set out to rescue lost hobbits Frodo and Sam, who were separated
from the rest of the Fellowship at the end of the last film.
It involves long marches, fierce battles and tough
horse rides - things that attracted Bloom right from the start.
"I've always loved riding, as a kid growing up in
Canterbury I used to hack around the countryside," he says. "I picked it up
again for the film and learned to ride on about 30 different horses."
The hardy star says the action-packed shoot in New
Zealand has left him with a permanent taste for adventure
"I'm a bit of an adrenalin junkie," he grins. "I
used the spare time on location to learn surfing, sky-diving and white-water
rafting, and I did my first bungee jump there.
"I knew it was something I would be scared of but
I really wanted to try it, because you face your fears and get over it."
And even now he admits he can't forget the
mythical world of MiddleEarth and especially the real-life fellowship he shared
with his Lord of the Rings co-stars.
"I miss them all the time," he says, "It really
isn't one of those things which is just an on-set friendship which ends when you
stop working together. There are lots of those in this business, but this is
something else. I mean, all of us even got a tattoo together.
"I wouldn't do that for every film," he adds. "It
just goes to show the film may have been fantasy, but the camaraderie was for