I Don't Want To Be An Idol, Moviestar (Germany), September/October 2003
Words: Markus Tschiedert
translated by Marny
MS: Is this like a personal dream came true for you?
OB: In a way it seems
like I'm living every little boy's dream at the moment. In a short period of
time I played an elf in Lord Of The Rings, then a soldier, a gangster in Ned
Kelly and soon an action hero. I'm really very happy that I have so many
possibilities as an actor and I have lots of fun doing it.
MS: After so many
costume movies, are you looking forward to a role in a contemporary
OB: Absolutely! I can imagine doing a movie about three guys sitting
around a table and playing cards. But to be honest, I have more fun with the
movies I did so far.
MS: Which of these movies has been the biggest
OB: The experiences in New Zealand, where all three parts of Lord
Of The Rings were filmed, are almost impossible to describe. It was an
overwhelming time and the first time I played such a big role.
MS: How do you
explain that you made it as an actor?
OB: I have been at the right place at
the right time probably. It was important to me not to end as an unemployed
actor. You have to fight for it and I knew even as a kid what I wanted to be.
That's why I made an effort at school especially in theatre and art. The most
fun I had with the theatre courses. I always loved to think myself into other
characters, watching old movies and going to the theatre. And it is not that
everything came easily to me. I worked hard to get where I am today.
now you're friends with Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt.
OB: That's not true.
Ridiculous! I once said that at the beginning of the movie Troy about the Trojan
War there was a dinner for the actors. 20 people sat around a table to get to
know each other. After that I have rarely seen Brad because you don't see each
other that often on set. Another time I met him for a drink. Brad is a great
actor who really becomes his character. It is impressing that he's not only
playing the "typical heroes". Viggo Mortensen and Johnny Depp are not different.
They are very loveable persons I learned a lot from.
MS: Do you fear that
your life could change too much?
OB: I don't know if fear is the right word.
It already has begun and I try not to take it too seriously. I'm not interested
in becoming a celebrity and I don't want to be an idol, although that might be
MS: How do you handle it when so many girls adore
OB: When I imagine that some of them spend five hours and their whole
afternoon to see a star, then I think it is the right thing to take your time
and give them autographs. You have to live with it otherwise you live in
constant fear and you can't enjoy your life anymore. It helped what a friend
told me once: There will always be new young musicians or actors who will be
adored by teenagers. They need that for their dreams, their fantasies or
whatever. That makes sense to me and since then I see it all more
MS: How difficult is it for you to live a relatively normal
OB: It is only as difficult as you make it yourself. I hardly get
recognized when I'm walking down a street. That's partly because I don't look
like most pictures which are worked on with photo-shop.
MS: You like extreme
sports. Is this a yearning for danger?
OB: I was bungee jumping in New
Zealand and I like snow-boarding, but I wouldn't say I'm looking for the extreme.
And work-wise it just happened that I have played physically demanding roles.
Legolas is someone who rarely talks and has to do a lot physically.
you have a girlfriend?
OB: I don't talk about family and friends. It is
difficult enough not to loose contact. Sorry!