Daily Mail Article, December 14, 2001 |
By Baz Bamigboye
ORLANDO BLOOM plays cool cat Legolas the elf
in The Lord Of The Rings.
felt as if he had a warrior element,' the 24-year-old actor told
me. 'I had to
learn how to handle a bow and arrow, a two-sided sword, and do bareback
'Elves have this superhuman strength, yet they're so
graceful. Tolkien created them to be angelic spirits, but I also saw Legolas as
something out of the Seven Samurai,' he said.
Born and raised in
Canterbury, in Kent, Orlando has an inner strength that comes through on screen.
He probably inherited that from his late father, Harry Bloom, a legendary figure
in antiapartheid circles in South Africa.
Bloom wrote a famous tome
called Episode In The Transvaal, was jailed for his beliefs, and worked alongside
Nelson Mandela. 'Harry was a great man who died when I was four, and it was as if
he'd done his job and then left the world,' his son said.
his sister Samantha (an actress) were raised by their mother and a guardian.
The toughness that runs in his family came in handy when he fell from a
window a couple of years ago, crushing his back and breaking three
ribs. 'It was
amazing that I didn't die. I was young and dumb. Amazingly, I walked out on
crutches in 12 days.' Orlando was the action man on the
set. 'I went bungee
jumping, and surfing became the pastime for the
Hobbits and me. I busted a few
bones, but I'm alive and well.'
His next movie is Ridley Scott's