Orlando Bloom, 7 Extra (Belgium), August 20, 2003
translated by Aurialie, scans by Séverine
At the end of the year, Orlando Bloom will be back for the last part of the Lord of
the Rings, the Return of the King. This summer, he changed his elven costume for the
naval officer one and went on the Pirates of the Caribbean’s boat. So it’s a real
star that 7 extra met in London for the premiere of the movie. Funny, charming,
Orlando is: irresistible.
7: How do you describe your character, Will, in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean?
Orlando Bloom: The best way to understand him is to remember that he grew up without
a paternal figure. So his role models were the naval officers. When Will and Jack are
together, Jack tries to show him what is a real man. He shows him that the rules that he
follow doesn’t make sense, a guy has to make his own decisions, good or bad.
7: Were the sword fights too hard?
OB: I would lie if I answered no. There was a lot of new moves to learn. The opening scene was very big. I was a little intimidated at the idea to do all this completely “choregraphy”. But I had experience by making The Lord of the Rings. Both
it made me exceed myself.
7: In all your movies, you always have a sword in your hand!
OB: It’s crazy but there’s nothing planned. I don’t chose my movie because of
this. The fact is that today, I have a lot of knowledge that is useless in every day life. When I walk outside, I don’t need to bring my sword, my bow and
7:Which scene of your new movie is your favorite one?
OB: There’s a lot of very cool action scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean. I love the
one when Johnny and I fight at San Pedro, in Mexico. We steal a very big boat. It
was amazing! Normally it is necessary for a group of 20 to do this mission well. But
we did it! It was insane to drive the boat but so fun.
7: Your aduet with Johnny Depp works very well on screen. Are you happy of this?
OB: At the beginning, I was very bad at realizing that I’d be working with Johnny. It was
crazy. It was like being in the major league when you’re not of age. It was really
like this. Sometimes, it was intimidating. When I had to work with Johnny, I was
like lost in front of him, but he is a very cool guy. I asked him for many tips.
I felt privileged to work with someone that I admire.
7: Johnny Depp is like a model for you?
OB: Absolutely. But I’m probably not the only actor of my generation who admires him.
I think that his best skill is the way that he prepares himself to become his character. He becomes another person.
7: You probably didn’t dream to be an elf when you were young. But what about a pirate?
OB: Yes, I played many times as a pirate. It's for this reason that I was a little bit disappointed to not wear a pirate costume. Well it’s fair, I was compensated in the end where their is a girl who
kisses me. Oops! I hope that everyone who reads this interview has already
seen the movie!
7: Are you happy about acting with some girls, while making jealous half of the
OB: It’s great. I always love to be surrounded by girls, maybe because I grew up
between my mother and my sister. When you look at those actresses, I think I’m very
lucky: Keira in Pirates of the Caribbean, Liv Tyler and Cate Blanchett in The Lord of
the Rings and Diane Kruger in Troy. They are beautiful and talented.
7: While filming Pirates of the Caribbean, you celebrated your birthday (26
OB: I was so engrossed in my work that I almost forgot it. But Johnny and other
“pirates” took care of it. One day, they sang “happy birthday” to me. It was simple
but I really appreciated it.
7: After Pirates of the Caribbean, what’s scheduled?
OB: I’m working on the movie Troy. It’s an historic movie that takes place in the
antiquity. There’s also Brad Pitt and Sean Bean, who’s Boromir in The Lord of the Rings. I’ll be moving a lot because we film in London, Morocco, Malta and Mexico.
7: Did you come back to New-Zealand to film some extra scenes of The Return of the King?
OB: Yes, because director Peter Jackson had the idea of a super action scene, a little bit like the fight with the cave troll in Mines of Moria or the one where Legolas slides down the stairs on a shield. I don’t
really know how it’s going to look like on screen but I think it will be amazing.
7: You’re making a lot of films, do you still have some free time?
OB: Not a lot, but when I have time, I try to see my friends and my family. I go to the movie
theater, I read books or listen to new Cds. But the most important thing is to spend as much time with those that I love.
Date and place of birth: January 13, 1977 in Canterbury England
Family: A sister two years older, Samantha
Favorite colour: yellow
Favorite sport: snowboarding and surfing
Favorite actors: Johnny Depp, Edward Norton, Paul Newman
Movie: Lord of the Rings (1,2,3), Black Hawk Down, Ned Kelly, The Calcium Kid,
Pirates of the Carabean, Troy
There is also the quote: “Before the kiss scene, I brushed my teeth” in blue in the
middle of page 2.
Under Legolas’ picture on page 2: Brown or blond, is he always so charming?
Johnny’s opinion (green rectangle on page 3): “Orlando probably had the hardest
role. He has to be right, serious all the time and he had to win the public
affection. He succeeded in his mission in a very surprising way.”
Interview with Keira Knightley:
7: How do you describe Orlando?
Keira Knightley: Orlando is an adorable, calm, funny and very professional guy.
Sometimes, we took a drink or listened to music together. It was a fantastic
7: What about the kiss scene?
Keira Knightley: It was cool. Orlando was very concentrated. He thought about every detail. He had
some mint candies, a tooth brush and some toothpaste. He was very professional and