Bloom | A Bloomin' Moviestar He Is!
emily blunt interview
speaking? Orlando Bloom is one of those "emerging"
mega-stars. Granted we who are a smidge behind in the acknowledgment
of his manly beauty are forgiven this retched faux pas as his role in
Black Hawk Down wasn't huge and then in the extra super-duper
fantastic Lord of the Rings films he was
an elf. Sure, we gals noticed the frolicking bow master but yet we were
distracted by the oodles of manly men beside him.
Well, as a chickbabe known for spotting a special slice of mansteak
on them there screens, I tell you now, know, love, discover, and swoon
for Mr. Orlando Bloom.
only does he have the talent - as his blockbuster casting would hint
- but gals take the sixty-foot vision we've been teased with, and multiple
that times -like- ten because this man is positively edible in
person! I have not lost my composure so bad since Javier Bardem (aka
- the definition of my "type" walked into the room!). Oh,
and after talking to him I can vouch that he has a charming personality
that makes the even most respectable gal want to go exhibitionist style
rabid rhesus monkey on his adorable buttocks.
met to chat about his next flick Pirates of
the Caribbean: The Legend of the Black Pearl.
I'm sorry handsome man before me; I meet so many young handsome stars,
what's your name again? Hrrrr.
I'm not sure anymore! [laughter]
What was it like playing the guy who didn't want to be a pirate yet
was ultimately forced to be a scallywag?
He [Will] got to be a pirate! It was awesome. A great time. It was odd
because Johnny [Depp] kind of created that mad kind of fellow! This
incredible drunken sea legged Keith Richards thing, which was really
I mean it didn't read like that on the page so it was amazing to see
it! And it left me wide open to do what was there on the page for me.
Which was kind of the earnest true blue straight shooting guy with an
interesting arc. It was kind of a more human thing about Will. I really
wanted to be doing what Johnny did and that's why I had a little go
of it in the film! [laughter]
You mean your brief but spot-on impression of "Jack Sparrow [Johnny
Depp's indelible character in Pirates]?
Oh yeah! I was talking to him when we were flying into St Vincent and
I said, "I want to be doing what you're doing! Maybe I could do
an impression." And Jerry [Bruckheimer]was there and said, "Why
not we'll write it in." - And I got a little shot at it.
Did you rehearse for Pirates at all?
We did some stuff together ya. Like fight stuff.
So you knew about Johnny's character
No. I didn't know I saw that when we started filming like everyone else
actually. I knew he was going to do a Depp number on it I just didn't
know what it would be and when I saw it I thought fantastic. I think
everyone else was like whhoooaaaa. I think the studio was like whooaoaoa
but then they got it. But that's what as a young actor to go see somebody
like Johnnie that creates a character from nothing. He really puts himself
out there he's so great and courageous in the way he just goes okay!
I mean this is a Disney movie it could fall flat on his face- it could
go all wrong and Disney could be that's not going to work. But he goes
with it whole-heartedly and takes it there. Johnny does that ya know?
And it always works
Are you good at that? Going for whole-heartedly?
I try. I mean I don't think I've been able so far yet really. I 'm at
the beginning of my career and I hope I get to get the opportunity to
play someone diverse and dark and more serious in the story.
You will now! You've got what? Four major films - the scripts will be
Yeah hopefully they'll be the ones I want to do. Allot of the scripts
that pile in? They're not me.
What about your "indie" venture the Calcium Kid?
Yeah that was fun. I got to be a bit of a clown. There's a lot of these
man characters and Jimmy's the through line. He's like a smooth simple
sweet guy. It's for kids; twenties and younger. A sweet movie. I dunno
maybe it will appeal to everyone. It's a sweet "popy" kind
of story and I was working with a friend Alex on it. This is something;
you know what someone told me? The budget of that movie, the Calcium
Kid, was the same as the after party for Lord of the Rings! [laughter]
It was made for like a million and a half dollars. Go figure! Eric Felner
at Working Title told me that
isn't that crazy.
It just proves good movies don't need 100 million dollars to be good.
Absolutely! I couldn't agree more. But who knows if it's a good movie
you haven't seen it yet [laughter]
Do you think it's a good movie?
[laughter} I hope it'll be! I saw it the other day and it wasn't what
I thought it was going to be but I really liked it. But this is much
more kind of "teenie" sweet comedy. But it's good. I think
it will be liked. There's nothing not to like about it. It's cool.
How is it as an actor to look at the script and do a performance and
then when you go to see the film it's not what you thought you did,
or the editor changed the scene?
Oh it's the worst! That's the way I'd seen it and you did this and then
that. That sometimes happens not always but I suppose that's part of
the job isn't it. And you can only do what you can do and at the end
of the day you have to put yourself in the hands of the people who share
the vision or you share their vision. But essentially there's kind of
a right of passage as a young actor and you have to pay your dues. Fortunately
I've been able to do that in great movies. Face it. I hoping that now
after TroyI can start doing - you know
- stories that I really want to do and work with directors that really
want to work with me. Hopefully.
You're getting big enough now- you could go after the directors.
I hope so I'd love to do that.
So how good are you with a sword? In every movie it seems you're there
with a sword!
[laughter] Crazy isn't" I haven't chosen it like that. I haven't
been like, " Is there a sword in that movie? Alright, I'll do it!"
No. It's just kind of worked like that! Now I have these great skills
that are completely useless in everyday life you know what I mean? [laughter]
Like bow and arrow what am I going to do with that walking down the
Have you had to go back to New Zealand to do any reshoots for the final
Lord of the Rings film?
Yeah, and I was so emotional to say goodbye to that. Ahhh
the last time I don the blonde wigs and the pointy ears. They gave me
my bow and arrow after the last shot and they cut together a little
clip of "leggy" moments from the movie. There's this bit-
they played it to me - you know the eighties that kind of song like
Oh sure [sadly]
So it's like Viggo pulling his sword, then there's me going [he bats
his eyes]. It was so funny! [laughter] It was this whole homoerotic
thing and Ian's going [he pantomimes argh]!
Can I get a copy? [I said this without jest or humor quite frankly-
with an eyebrow raised in fantasy visions of this young buck frolicking
in elven ears
[laughter] You! Ah, you know maybe Peter will put it on the dvd! Can
you imagine! Totally. We had such a laugh. You should see the photos
- the Polaroids we've got. [laughter] But it was so much fun. You know
what's going to be awesome? Pete
everything is documented. Pete
loves that shit! The gag reel he's going to do is going to be all that
EMILY: Lord of the Rings is really a ten hour film that out of
necessity had to be released three separate smaller pieces don't you
It totally is. I mean it's a book. One long book separated into three
books. Because nobody wanted to carry that big fucker around! [laughter]
I don't know what they could do- but as a director? I'm sorry Jackson
deserves the Oscar - he deserves that. It's incredible.
Have you every been on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride?
No. I've haven't had the opportunity. It's not that I didn't want to
You can go at the premiere it's at Disneyland.
I kknnnooowww. I'm hoping to get back from Troyin time.
How is it to work with all these great actors? To come in and do a scene
It just raises the bar. It really does. It's intimidating sometimes.
When I was working with Johnny? I was like forget about it! Hey forget
the close up gimme the two shot! [laughter] Do you know what I mean?
[laughter] He's so fucking cool.
How about working with Brad Pitt on the up-coming Troy?
I wish I did more in terms of acting with Brad. It's amazing to work
with the people you admire in the business and get so close and experience
what they're doing! It's amazing!
These names I'm throwing around, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt - the sexiest
men alive etc - really you're up there now! Don't you think?
Yeah. I've heard. [He throws this sly inviting glance
was just me and my over active lustful mind
] It's very fucking
strange! Weird ya know? I'm not doing this for that. I love the work
you know what I mean. I can see how you have to do it because it's part
of getting the work done and getting the movie out there. I'm not really
working as actor 'cause love working as actor and I'm trying to figure
out the rest of it. It's a weird by product.
What do you think about the tabloids now that you - as a hot new man
about film - are about to make front-page news?
I just don't read those magazines. And I don't go out [laughter]. I
do! You just don't take it serious. People say very nasty things in
those magazines about people and I know for a fact for example Brad
is a fantastic guy and doing a great job and somebody told me there's
a story somebody wrote that he uses steroids or some shit. Do me a fucking
favor! The guy has an amazing trainer. I mean have you seen his body?
He doesn't need to.
No I have not
[well, Fight Club
[laughter] Well I HAVE! [laughter] and he doesn't need to. It's just
why do people do that? I guess they make money off it. I guess people
want to hear that shit. What can you do? I guess it's like water off
a duck's back. It's all kind of new for me and hopefully I wont get
it too bad. It's a little bit strange I experienced that [the women
wanting a man so bad they drooled thing
] actually in Malta with
Brad. We had a cast dinner and we all left and went to a bar. We had
to walk a hundred meters to the bar and fucking the whole of the town
swooned on this guy! It was insane. They were just trying to touch him
it was like [he reaches and touches me]
Do that again-I'm not following [laughter]
ORLANDO: [he does]
It was mad. I was freaked out. He was so composed man. He was like, "Just
keep waking. Don't stop walking and we'll be fine? If you stop it can
get really scary." He's got a bodyguard with him.
Now when I saw Pirates and your name came up all the girls - and some
men- shrieked. Are you ready for this?
ORLANDO: Thanks! I'm
picking Brad's brain as to how to deal. And Johnny [Depp] is great for
that too. ' Cause I think Johnny's done it very well. They're both great
for that. Brad is kind of a sort of different thing and Johnny's chosen
a different thing.
With that we were interrupted and the beautiful talent said his goodbyes
truly has the talent to back up his marketable looks. Pirates of
the Caribbean: The Legend of the Black Pearl is fantastic! And I
for one can not wait to see Troy; the cast that portray the likes
of Achilles, Mercury and Hector are on the check-list of hunks you'd
cast in a private little epic in your own mind's eye...trust me
keep your eye out for Orlando's name he seems to pick exceptional
I wonder if he's as good at picking stock winners?