Orlando Bloom on Pirates of the Caribbean!, Comingsoon.net, July 4, 2003
by Fred Topel
Working on Pirates of the
Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was like playing as a kid for
Orlando Bloom. The film's swordfights and ship battles reminded him of the
movies he used to watch as a kid.
"Those pirate movies were always on on
a Sunday afternoon," Bloom said. "I could watch those pirate movies and enjoy
them and stuff. I watched 'The Master of Ballantrae'. Pirate stories are great,
boat to boat battles, swinging on ropes, and swords and fighting."
of "Pirates'" precarious situations had Bloom hanging from a sail and standing
up on a mast. "There was a rig. They swung me out there. I was there hanging,
but I had something attached like a harness. That was pretty uncomfortable. I'm
not sure how dangerous it was because I was rigged, but it was really
uncomfortable. You know when I am standing up and I say, 'I am Will Turner' and
stuff, that was kind of because I could have fallen back into the sea, and I
wasn't rigged there, and it was wet and slippery."
The biggest surprise
to Bloom on the film was seeing Johnny Depp's interpretation of his character.
Staggering around wide eyed, Bloom barely knew what to make of his costar. "It
did not read like that on the page. He takes the character that reads almost
like your average swashbuckling pirate and he creates a magical, hilarious,
f*cking drunkard sea legged, Keith Richard type number on it. He just amazes me.
He was so courageous with that role. It could have been [bad]. It's a Disney
movie. He just put himself out there. It could have just gone all wrong. But he
just bit the bullet and took it all the way home."
Seeing that type of
bravado was inspiring to a young actor like Bloom. "He has been a guideline. As
a young actor, I think any young actor, any actor of my generation will tell you
the same thing. Look at Johnny Depp and you go there's a guy who just probably
one of the best looking guys on the screen and manages to morph in the
characters he plays and become a completely different person. There's a lot of
talented actors out there doing that, but he's cool. He is Johnny
Bloom is also impressed with Depp's modesty, comparing him to his
Brad Pitt, and more. "It is beautiful. His modesty is what makes him, and it is
what is so inspiring for me to witness first-hand. It is the same with Brad
actually, they are similar like that, very gracious. Actually, a lot of people
I've worked with, Viggo was insane, Viggo was an incredible role model for me, I
did a lot of work with him. I've been really lucky to fall under some incredible
role models and hope I can be the same."
Bloom did go back to New Zealand
one more time for The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King. "I went back for the third movie for the third
and final time. Pete wanted to do something with Leggy that he had kind of done
in the first two. I had these little moments when I am running over the back of
the cave troll, or in the second one, sliding down the stairs. He had an idea
that he wanted to combine all of that and create a really great moment for
Leggy. So we shot that."
And on his Troy role, Bloom
said, "I play Paris. He is kind of the anti-hero, the guy who's created the mess
that then has to be cleared up. His love for Helen creates a world of pain for
everyone else. I wanted to go for the role because I thought it's not the
obvious hero that Will is or that Legolas turns out to be. He's an impulsive
young man whose thoughtless behavior and love creates a terrible situation. The
challenge to me was to try and still find the human element to that character,
and human story, and make him still have something that the audience could
relate to and understand and is somewhat likeable, but his arc as well is one
that realizes what he's done by the end."
Pirates of the
Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl opens July 9, The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King opens in December and Troy opens next year.