Shooting Star, Treffpunkt Kino (Germany), September 2003
translated and scanned by Conny
A new hero is born: Especially young women are hit in the hearts when Orlando
Bloom shoots his arrows as Elven warrior Legolas Greenleaf. Before the third
and last part of “Lord Of The Rings” will start in December, the 26-years-old
beau fights against a hord of ghost pirates in “Pirates Of The Caribbean”.
Career in a flash in just 3 years: After his debut ala Legolas in Peter
Jacksons “The Lord Of The Rings”, Bloom fell from a helicopter in Ridley
Scott’s “Black Hawk Down”, rode next to Heath Ledger in “Ned Kelly” and
currently isn’t afraid of the “Curse Of The Black Pearl“ by the king of
blockbusters, Jerry Bruckheimer. The actor, born on January 13, 1977 in Great
Britain, owes his good start to a solid drama education, his talent when
handling weapons – and his good looks.
TK: Did you dream of sailing under a pirate flag when you were a boy?
OB: Of course! I liked dressing up as a pirate and watching old movies with
Errol Flynn. I especially loved the sword fights, that’s the reason I’m really
happy about being able to cross blades in “POTC” that often. Actors are lucky
enough to be allowed to run around like big boys, and they’re getting paid for
it at the same time.
TK: Are you a daredevil in private life as well?
OB: I used to bungee jump and snowboard downhill. I just like it to challenge
myself physically, and if it’s for a role, the better.
TK: You’ll be seen in historical costume again in Wolfgang Petersen’s
“Troy”. Wouldn’t you like to be in front of the camera without glued-on ears
or braids, just for once?
OB: That would be a change for sure. Maybe I should make a film where everyone
sits around a table and plays cards the whole time. But this would probably be
boring! I like movies with a lot of action, and I’m willing to accept having
to wear new costumes again and again – which can be rather uncomfortable, by
TK: Do you also disguise yourself in private in order not to be recognized in
OB: Fortunately, there are only crowds of people during public events, when
they know that I’m going to be around soon. Apart from that I’m able to walk
across the street without being recognized – I think that’s a pleasant thing.
Maybe it’s because I look different in real life than on those touched up
movie photographs. Bless Photoshop!
TK: How do you handle being the new heartthrob?
OB: The whole fuss about me was rather unnerving at first. Nowadays I
appreciate fans at movie premieres who have waited for me for hours just in
order to get an autograph. I take my time then, even if it would never cross
my mind to spend a whole afternoon to get something signed by an actor myself.
TK: You avoid the word ‘star’…
OB: Yes, because I’ve never been ambitious to become one. When I started my
career I had only one wish: not to be on the streets as an unemployed actor. I
was determined, studied really hard and played, but I never dreamt of the big
breakthrough. Now I have to live with the fact that everyone knows me. But I
keep telling myself: tomorrow, it’ll be another young actor who’ll be
worshipped by teenagers. They need stars to live out their fantasies and
dreams. Since I got to know that, I have a more relaxed approach to the whole
TK: What were you like as a teenager?
OB: Art and Drama have been my favourite subjects even as a child. That’s why
I knew at an early age what I wanted to become. I studied artists on the
streets, went to the theatre and watched movies with this determination. I
spent my first years in Canterbury where I’ve been born. But I left for London
when I was 16 because I knew: only here could I become an actor. Nothing just
fell into my lap, I worked really hard to get where I am now.
Interview: Markus Tschiedert