Legolas Unleashed: Orlando Bloom Hits His Target, lordoftherings.net, December 15, 2003
No matter how high Orlando Bloom's star rises in the future, he will always
remember Legolas. That's partly because Bloom has enjoyed universal acclaim for
his turn as the elegant Elf archer. But mostly it's because The Lord of the
Rings marks his first film performance.
Here, the London-trained actor
discusses the evolution of Legolas, his character's surprising relationship with
Gimli and his own delight at being part of cinematic history -- on the first
No character is unchanged
by the course of events in Middle-earth. How does Legolas evolve?
are pretty high status. I mean, they wouldn't normally interact with other
species. So what you see in the first movie is a reserved kind of character,
somebody who is kind of figuring out what's going on as the Fellowship embarks
on its journey. In the second film, he becomes much more sensitive in terms of
his emotion, and the way he interacts with Gimli or with Aragorn.
What about in the third
film, how does he evolve?
The closeness and the bond of the Fellowship
has kind of humanized Legolas. When Gandalf dies in the first movie, or when
Aragorn has been taken over the edge of the cliff in the second movie, he feels
for the other characters. For elves, who are immortal, the idea of death is
something they have never really understood. But in the third movie, what you
see is an elf that has more compassion. He's much more accessible, less
the real treats in the films is the chemistry between Legolas and Gimli. Can you
talk about that relationship?
Elves wouldn't normally have anything to do
with dwarves; there's bad blood between them. But as Legolas evolves to
understand that he's part of the world and the Fellowship, he and Gimli develop
a closeness. You see a wry, dry humor appear. You get glimpses in the second
movie, with the body count at Helm's Deep. And in the third film the way they
interact is just funny. To see two completely opposite people befriend each
other and try to find common ground, I think that will amuse people.
What was it like spending so much time with
Viggo was like a mentor for me, without anything being
spoken. I used to sit next to him on the make-up bus, and find myself just
staring at him while he was having his make-up done and drawing in his book or
writing his notes. I would find myself fascinated.
Did you do any Elf bonding with Liv
When Liv first arrived, I'd been in New Zealand for a couple of
months. I'd done all this research for the elves, and I know she'd done stuff,
and we compared notes. It was a fun session, just sitting down and chatting
about the elves while we were playing pool. I was really excited about
expressing it all and she was really receptive. It was a special time.
How did you get on with
the hobbits, and do you still keep in touch?
I got along incredibly well
with all the hobbits, and I still do. I was just back in L.A. and I went surfing
with Billy and Dom a few times. I saw Elijah, and we all went out for dinner one
night. And I saw Sean Astin at some awards ceremony. Whenever we get together,
it's as if nothing's changed, you know what I mean?
Is there any scene you did for The
Return of the King that really stands out?
The Paths Of The Dead was
a great scene to shoot. There was a really eerie quality to it. The fact we were
walking into this cave of death to summon the dead to aid us, and the fact
Aragorn is capable of that power, is kind of eerie. There was a real kind of
energy about it.
The Lord of the Rings is actually the first film you ever
worked on. Not a bad way to start your career, is it?
There was something
incredibly special about working on The Lord Of The Rings. It felt like you were
making something that was part of history. I was so lucky to have had my first
experience working on this movie. I was blessed that I got to work very closely
with the cast, the crew, the director, everyone involved in this project. It
gave me a first experience that people just don't get it.