Orlando Bloom is
starring in bound-to-be-massive summer hit Pirates of the Caribbean.
We asked you to send us your questions for him and Lizo put the top
three to him
Lizo then asked him a few questions of his own - read the full interview
Sian, 15, Nottingham: I know you love extreme sports but have any of
your injuries ever put you off?
Orlando: Yeah, when I was in New Zealand I was careful not to, I know
I was doing some pretty mad stuff like bungee jumps and stuff but that's what
they do in New Zealand.
I'd also been horse riding and I knew that I would
be in pretty good shape. When you're doing extreme sports you have to be really
careful so safety is kind of important.
Laura, 15, Wrexham: Of all the countries you've been to making films
which one which one would you most like to go back to?
Orlando: New Zealand, always New Zealand. I always like going home,
back to New Zealand, I feel like I'm going home.
Maybe it was just the
experience of working on Lord of the Rings but it felt like home.
Becca, 14, Devon: Have you ever wanted to go back to who you were
before your fame? Do you find all the media stuff intrusive or do you not really
mind it all?
Orlando: I'm learning to adjust to that stuff right now, and it's kind
of getting a bit more intense, more so now, before.
I mean I was lucky with
'Lord of the Rings' 'cos the blonde wig was a really good disguise.
Lizo then put his questions to Orlando:
Lizo: Tell me, in this movie, you're again playing this kind of noble
heroic kind of hero really do you really find yourself attracted to those kind
Orlando: I guess so, I guess I do. I mean I was attracted the whole
package for this film. The script was good, Johnny Depp was playing opposite, I
was going to get to play, you know, alongside Johnny Depp.
And Geoffrey Rush
who I'd worked with previously was, had mentioned it and was really excited by
I'd worked with Gerry previously and he knows how to make a film right I
think and Gore [Verbinski], he's a great director and was a great guy when I
Lizo: Is it every boy's dream to play a pirate or be in a pirate movie
Orlando: I don't know but it was certainly one of mine so it was great
to be able to sort of live that dream, you know, I mean I think everyone wants
to be a pirate, every boy wants to be a pirate at some point in their lives.
Lizo: Were you a big fan of pirate movies when you were younger, did
you use to play in the garden with your toy swords?
Orlando: Yeah, yeah, yeah, I defiantly did a bit of playing in the
Lizo: And what were you like when you were a young kid growing up
in Canterbury, what was it like at school for you? Were you popular?
Orlando: I had a few good friends and we used to hang out. I enjoyed
sports and the outdoors.
Lizo: Did you ever dream that you would actually achieve this kind of
fame later in life?
Orlando: I don't think anyone could say that they imagined that that
would happen to them. I always wanted to be an actor and I'm really grateful for
the opportunities that I've had.
It sort of still doesn't really compute on
my screen that things are happening the way they are so I just kind of plod
Lizo: I mean do you know how much fan mail you get, are you shielded
from that kind of thing?
Orlando: I get hundreds of letters a week so the fan mail, I have to
say I'm so grateful to the fans for all their kind words but it's often
difficult to respond to everyone because there's so much of it. But I do my
best, you know, to get through stuff.
Lizo: Having achieved this kind of success how carefully do you have
to plan the roles you take in the future and how far in advance do you have to
Orlando: I think very carefully. I once got sent a card which was a
quote from DeNero, there was a photograph of him in Raging Bull and the quote
underneath the photograph was "the talent is in the choices" and I think, um, I
think that's very true.
Lizo: And very briefly, have you seen much of The Return of the King
yet and how's Troy going?
Orlando: I haven't really seen much of The Return of the King but I
did some re-shoots about two months earlier.
I really enjoyed that it was
sad to sort of don the blonde wig and pointy ears for the last time. I think
it's going to be a fantastic film, I know it is. I think the picture's
Troy is going very well. Troy is a big epic, another historic,
big epic film and um, Brad Pitt and Eric Baner and Peter O'Tool are a great cast
and Wolfgang Peterson is directing so it's good.
Lizo: Thanks very much for your time Orlando, really great meeting
Orlando: Thank you, thank you very much, nice to meet you