The Tasty Elf Scales Beasts, Slays the Ladies and Keeps It Real, eonline.com, December 12, 2003
by H.W. Fowler
It took only one Lord of the Rings flick to turn young English actor
Orlando Bloom into a heartthrob. The Return of the King brings back his
Elf archer Legolas, but Bloom has already cemented his status as a superstar
swashbuckler with Pirates of the Caribbean, and he has signed up for even
more swordplay (next year's Troy and the Crusades epic Kingdom of
As it conquered the pop-culture landscape, the
Rings trilogy launched a fellowship of new, unorthodox hunks. Now,
Bloom--along with Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood--dishes on the
joys being such delicious man flesh, the end of the journey and the future of
Where does Legolas fit into the overall scheme of
I felt so lucky to play this cool little Elf. He
really represents the eyes and the ears of the Fellowship. The Elves are a race
of incredibly graceful and angelic, wise and yet humble, noble beings, so it was
really an honor to play one. Especially an Elf like Legolas, who goes on a
journey from this high-status being to becoming a part of the Fellowship and a
One of the best moments in Return of the King
is when Legolas single-handedly takes down a giant battle oliphaunt (aka
It was so much fun to shoot that sequence. I did it in
pickup, so it was only about six months ago. It was three days of climbing
sandbags, flying around on the wire and battling stunt guys. But I had to have a
serious talk with my digital double--make sure his motivation was just
Legolas is so balanced in that fight it's actually
funny. Must've been kind of ironic, too, since you're always falling off of
stuff and breaking bones.
Totally ironic. He's so far more
graceful and poised than I am.
Has playing him made you any more
I hope that's one of the things that's rubbed off on
me, for sure.
Graceful or not, you're one
of the bigger sex symbols to come out of a movie series that manufactures sex
symbols like Saruman manufactures Orcs.
These characters were so
well written by Tolkien, and the actors that Peter [Jackson] chose to play the
roles--my fellow castmates--have all got great integrity and a great sense of
commitment to each role. I think that comes through in a very attractive kind of
What has it felt like personally?
been quite a trip. I'm very blessed to have had that whole kind of experience,
but I'm still trying to find my stride, to be honest. I try not to think about
it, but I'm very grateful to the fans, I've got to tell you. Truth is, I'm an
actor; we make movies or we act in plays because we want the performances to be
seen. So, fans are why we do it, and the fans of Lord of the Rings and my
fans seem quite respectful. They seem to be really into the work, and it's not
about celebrity for me, so that's quite rewarding.
And the movies themselves? Pete really
entered a whole new territory with these films. They're fantasy films, yet based
so much in reality with a crossover of visual effects and special effects and
costumes and incredible CG characters, along with great actors playing roles
that each have an arc and, so, feel very real. So, he's found this middle
ground, in Middle Earth, which is a perfect blend.