Summer All-Star, Orlando Bloom, Premiere (US), June, 2003
typed by Tina, scans from Mel of The Bloom Room
From Middle-Earth to the Caribbean sea, this British heartthrob is simply
"It's ridiculous, the roles I've played," Orlando Bloom says. "I'm definitely
having a ball, man." The 26-year-old sounds relaxed and upbeat over the phone,
with the blissed-out demeanor of someone cruising down the freeway in a 1968
Mustang with a surfboard in the back and the wind in his hair. Whish is exactly
what he is doing: Bloom and his Lord of the Rings costar Billy Boyd are en route
to L.A.'s Ventura Beach, ready for waves.
Bloom, who hails from Canterbury, England, seems to be perpetually in a good
mood. (In a phone interview six months ago, he sounded equally giddy while
making a fish dinner in his kitchen.) Today, he marvels at his career joyride,
from playing a sharp-shooter elf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy to a rookie
soldier in Black Hawk Down to a gallant adventurer in this summer's Pirates of
the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl. "It's a pirate movie, dude. It's
pretty straightforward," Bloom says.
It's a bit of a surprise that the actor, a graduate of London's esteemed
Guildhall School of Music and Drama (and whose name alludes to the Shakespeare
character and the 17th-century composer Orlando Gibbons, not the Disney World
locale), would take on such pop fare. But producer Jerry Bruckheimer says, "It's
a good choice. The movie has a broad spectrum. This will help Orlando down the
path of becoming a true movie star."
Bloom makes no bones about it: "When I first got the script, I was like, I'm
not really interested. I just wasn't in the head space to think about doing a
big American blockbuster. And then it was put to me in a different way, which
was that if I opened a door like this, it will ultimately put me in a
marketplace where I can get projects made that I want to get made." Namely, a
film about photojournalist Dan Eldon, who died covering the unrest in Somalia in
Recently, Bloom worked with Heath Ledger in the Australian adventure Ned
Kelly, and soon he will engage in some blood B.C. combat in Troy, opposite Brad
Pitt. But first, he has reshoots for Pirates. "You know, it's fun, man. If you
can be an actor and get dressed up, why not dress up as something ridiculous?
And enjoy it."