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Quick Chat With MTV, from MTV.com May 2002

MTV asked newcomer and Best Breakthrough Performance Male nominee Orlando Bloom about how it felt to do the monumental Lord of the Rings as his first real acting gig.

Orlando Bloom: It was my first opportunity.

Iann Robinson: Talk about trial by fire.

Orlando Bloom: Yeah, absolutely, baptism by fire. It was like I was thrown into it, but I was given so many opportunities to sort of explore the areas of my character that I needed in order to kind of make him real. For Pete [Peter Jackson, LOTR's director] to have had the confidence in me, gave me the confidence to go ahead. The first thing they did was stick a bow in my hand, and I started doing archery training and through that I found the character. I found exactly what I wanted him to look like.

Iann Robinson: Your Legolas was great cause he's pissed.