I'm a Love Pirate, Chi (Italy), September 24, 2003
translated by Frannie
Interview with Orlando Bloom, the lead, along with co-star
Johnny Depp, in the movie “The Curse of the First Moon” and new sex symbol. “I’m
not a romantic,” he says, “but I’d give up my life for a woman”. “I’m flattered
that people like me. But this doesn’t bear an influence on my love-life.”.
He became popular in only two years thanks to
the Lord of the Rings saga, and now, after the success of “The Curse of the
First Moon”, where he’s a pirate alongside Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom asserts
himself as one of the most interesting actors of Hollywood.
In this interview, the British actor, who’s
dating Kate Bosworth, actress and surf buff like him, talks about the movie,
his love adventures, his sex symbol status and his latest work efforts: The
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, out at the beginning of next year,
and Troy, where he appears alongside Brad Pitt.
How did you prepare for your role in “The Curse of the First
Moon”, as Will Turner, a romantic character who saves his love interest
together with Johnny Depp?
“I had to learn sword-fighting, and this was
the most intimidating element: I knew that the part called for a particular
ability. Then I thought of Will and his sense of loyalty, his being a normal
guy that starts this difficult adventure with Captain Jack (Johnny Depp), to
find the girl of his dreams. During the course of the movie, he evolves,
accepts what he is and understands how to win over the girl.”
Your character is a romantic hero. Have you ever been so in
love with a woman you were ready to die for her?
“I feel that way every time I love a person.”
In real life, do you think of yourself as a romantic person?
“No, not really (laughs), but I like to think I
am. I try.”
Does the female lead, Keira Knightley, have any of the
characteristics you look for in your ideal woman?
“Keira is beautiful, talented and intelligent.
I should say that for many people she represents the ideal woman.”
Can you tell me other characteristics you appreciate in the
“Sense of humor and kindness.”
Is it true you became an actor in order to kiss beautiful
women? If so, who would you like to share onscreen kisses with?
“No, I never said that, it’s just a rumor. I
love beautiful women, but I’d never accept a job offer merely to be able to
Are you single?
“I try to keep my private life separate from
Have you ever had a girl’s name tattooed on you?
“No, I’m not the type. I only have an elf
tattoo, but it’s just a lad’s thing.” (my note: presumably he’s referring to
the Elvish character for the number 9).
Are you daring?
“No, even though I’d like to be. Sometimes I
like to act as if I am, but I have my healthy dose of fear.”
What are you afraid of?
“Sharks. I surf, and when on the board, I get a
bit nervous, like bait bobbing up and down in the water.”
What’s the greatest thing you learned from Johnny Depp while
doing this movie?
“Courage: I think he’s a very brave actor. He
transforms for every role and isn’t frightened of accepting a character. He’s a
pleasant person to get along with on set, fascinating, friendly. When you start
filming he gets into the part and shows all his acting talent.”
A pirate’s charm is also because of the fact that they break
the rules and love danger. Are you an adrenaline junkie?
“Once in a while, I do something crazy to
challenge fear. While I was New Zealand doing The Lord of the Rings I had fun
doing dangerous things, but then I could.”
Has something changed since then?
“I guess with age comes wisdom. I don’t want to
die before I’m old.”
You’ve said your childhood dream was to play a pirate. Do you
have other dreams?
“I think I’ve been really lucky with my career
opportunities. I’ve played wonderful characters: an elf, a bandit (in Ned Kelly),
a boxer (in The Calcium Kid) and now a pirate. I feel very fortunate, like I’m
living out every boy’s dream.”
You’ll also be one of the main characters in Troy, another
“Yes, Troy is a great, epic story, a drama. My
character, Paris, is an anti-hero, a bit of a coward. A young, foolish man that
doesn’t realize the consequences of his actions until they come crashing down
How was is it working on Troy with another star, Brad Pitt,
who plays Achilles?
“He’s a pleasant man. Our characters in the
movie don’t meet often. He’s a wonderful person, and like Johnny he’s made
brave choices. I’ve been very fortunate to work with them: I’ve had the chance
to absorb all they had to teach.”
How do you cope with fame?
“It’s been a gradual thing, there wasn’t a boom
for which, from one day to the next, I could no longer walk down the street.
Sure, I get recognized now, but it’s not a problem: in the end, I love my job.”
Do you sometimes stop to think about how your life has
changed in such a short time?
“Of course, because it’s something that
couldn’t be foreseen. But I don’t let fame overwhelm me: I take things as they
How do you feel about being a sex symbol?
“I’m flattered, I like it! But I don’t feel any
different than I was a few years ago. Maybe I’m a bit more experienced. I try
to keep a sense of reality, and I get this from my work, my family, my
Do you receive much fan-mail?
“Yes. I have sack-loads of letters that I’m
slowly reading through. I’m a bit scared of the mail: it’s wonderful being
appreciated, but at the moment it’s difficult to answer everyone.”
Are there any great actors you admire?
“I remember seeing The Hustler when I was a
kid. My cousin had been in the States an had given it to me: it was
extraordinary. I really loved Paul Newman’s portrayal.”
Are you a hero in real life?
“I am for my mom, I think. But apart from that
I don’t know. I’m a gentleman, at least I like to think so: I’ve been taught
good manners, so I always try to be polite.”
What advice did Johnny Depp give you for your career?
“He told me not to chase money, keep your feet
well on the ground, and remember the reason you started acting. These are
things I already knew, but it was reassuring hearing them from him.”
Projects for the future?
“After Troy wraps I’m going back to England to
rest. I’m not in a hurry to do anything unless the right offer comes along.”
How do you relax?
“With my friends and family. I often visit my
grandparents. When you do exciting things for work, you tend to do normal
things in your private life.”
Can you tell us something about the third installment of The
Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King?
“To me the last part of the movie will make or
break it. There’s an incredible ending: everything converges, concludes. I
think who has seen the first two episodes can expect a similarly valid movie. I
hope the director, Peter Jackson, achieves the recognition he deserves.”
What are you next objectives?
“To work with great directors and realize
important projects. I’d like to do a movie about the life of a young Reuters
photographer, Dan Eldon, lapidated in Somalia in 1993 when he was 22 while he
was attempting to document the war: it’s a story that needs to be told.”
What is truly important in your life?
“My family, my friends
and the people who are close to me. I try to mature as a person and not to
linger on foolish things.”