Bloom Eyes More Than B.O. Gold Variety (US), October 20, 2003
'Rings,' 'Pirates' thesp clear on career goals
By JESS LARSON
Orlando Bloom's friends may call him O.B., but after his first three films
grossed over $2.3 billion worldwide at the box office, Hollywood has labeled
him B.O. gold.
That kind of success portends well for the 26-year-old thesp, but such
expectations do not come without worry. "It's intimidating to try to live up
to something of that magnitude," he says. "But I feel clear in my own head as
to what I want to do.."
Bloom feels most fortunate, given that he was an unknown actor plucked from
his final week of London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama by Peter
Jackson and offered the role of Legolas in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
With the success of the first two "Rings" films, this summer's blockbuster
"The Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl" and the upcoming
release of four films within the year including the highly anticipated
conclusion to the Tolkien trilogy "The Return of the King," Bloom finds his
career path becoming firmer.
"I think that Robert De Niro said 'Talent is in the choices,'" he says.
"Opportunities and choices are what it's all about in the end. I'd like to
think that I have that potential."