Orlando Bloom's Got Your Back, YM.com, July 3, 2003
by Martine Bury
Just like the loyal elf in Lord of the Rings, Orlando
Bloom's character in Pirates of the Caribbean is a brave soul who helps
out a friend who's stuck in a bad situation. You know: Girl gets kidnapped by
evil ghost-pirate and taken to nameless nightmare island to be sacrificed,
whereupon our hero volunteers to try and save her. Tough for Keira Knightley's
character, Elizabeth Swann. Luckily, the 26-year-old Orlando likes to play the
kind of guy who's got your back. Read on, then talk
about Orlando, his role, and the movie on our Pirates of the Caribbean
ym: So you've been in two epic
action movies. Are there toy figures of Legolas and Will Turner?
Yeah, loads of them.
ym: Besides that, how has life changed
since Lord of the Rings? Can you go places?
O.B.: I don't know
how it will change after Pirates. But a blond wig really
ym: Where is that wig?
O.B.: I wore it the
last time in New Zealand and I hope I'm going to get it. They gave me my
clapboard and my bow and arrow from the last movie.
What was the last scene you filmed for that?
O.B.: I did a fight
sequence with Gimley.
ym: Was it sad?
was really sad. It was hugely emotional. You know Pete [Jackson] went up and did
a speech and everyone came to the set. He said some amazing things. I was just
ym: So what now?
O.B.: Now I'm
getting to work, like in Pirates of the Caribbean and Troy [with
Brad Pitt]. I'm getting to a place where I can start choosing roles.
ym: How does it feel to finally play the leading
O.B.: It feels like my first serious Hollywood movie where I've
got more to do. And I felt comfortable that it was something I could do. Johnny
[Depp] is such a hero of mine anyway, you know, as a kid growing up I watched
his movies and stuff.
ym: Has he helped you cope with all
the attention, since he was a heartthrob, too?
O.B.: That's what's
such a great example for me. In a way, he [and Brad Pitt] created the heartthrob
thing and then they went against it. It's like a rite of passage. You have to be
something and then you get the chance to go against it. It's like Legolas was a
great opener for me cause he's just an elf, you know?
Do you mean he's just eye candy and they painted you as this heartthrob and now
you're breaking through it?
O.B.: I mean, what am I going to do? It's
a pretty intense time for me right now and I'm trying to figure it out. I'm
flattered [by all the attention] and it's all very nice, but I trained for years
as an actor, you know?
ym: What's been the worst piece of
gossip you've read about yourself?
O.B.: Somebody said that I would do
a movie for no money if I just got to kiss a girl, and I was like, Who the hell
ym: That one is so posted on the
O.B.: How do I change that?
ym: You can tell
us so we can spread the word. Right here, right now.
O.B.: That's just
ym: I don't think people believe you're a
O.B.: I don't think they do either. You know what? Whatever.
ym: But you did get to kiss a girl in this
O.B.: I did. Don't get me wrong. I love
ym: Is it hard not to lose your mind while you're
getting so popular?
ym: What do you
O.B.: I talk to my friends and family all the time. I'm just
figuring it out. It's really hard. It is difficult.
what was the best advice Johnny gave you?
O.B.: Don't go for the
money. Keep it real. Follow your heart. You know, that sort of stuff. Which I
don't need to do anyway. I haven't made obvious choices. I'm lucky.
ym: Why did you want to act in the first
O.B.: When I realized that I just loved it and the characters I
saw on TV and in the movies. I was like, That's great. You can be an action
hero. You can be those characters. I get to play an elf, a pirate, a bushranger,
and a boxer.
ym: Who was better at sword fighting, you or
O.B.: [laughs] I could never take Johnny Depp on any