Drool Britannia! J-17 (UK), July 2002
by Kitty Melrose
Why the world's going crazy for UK lads…
Who loves him?: Who doesn’t!
Orlando’s sit–up–and–take–notice turn as Lord
of the Rings’ immortal elf Legolas catapulted the newcomer into the inner circle
of Hollywood celebs. Topping a most–searched–for person on the web poll
confirmed the sticky–out ears didn’t fool anyone. Then came his man–in–uniform
part in Black Hawk Down and those Gap ads.
“Like winning the lottery”: The phrase Orlando (Orli to his mates) used to describe
winning the Rings part. “I was 22, I had two more days left of drama school and
it was like, ‘Here, have a career,’ BOOM!” He spent 18 months shooting parts
one, two and three of the trilogy in New Zealand.
Rewind: “At nine, I had this girlfriend and we had running
races in the park to see who’d be her boyfriend for the day. I wanted to be like
Superman and fly in to rescue her. Once I realised Superman was an actor I
thought, “That’s for me.”
Now that’s magic!:
Orlando broke his back a few years ago when he fell out of a window and
plummeted three floors. He was told he might never walk again. But 12 days
later, after an operation, he walked out of the hospital.
Career he’d most like to have: Johnny Depp’s. “He’s made
some interesting choices and he’s preserved his integrity.”
Prepare yourselves: The world is gearing up to go mental
over Rings sequels The Two Towers out on 18 December and The Return of the King
the following Christmas. But big news is Orlando is now in Australia shooting
his next movie Ned Kelly with A Knight’s Tale star Heath Ledger. Double swoon.