Orlando Interview, The Herald-Sun (New Zealand), December 20, 2003
Lord of the rings elves, Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom talk
marriage, sex symbols and liberation with Nui Te Koha in the
Tyler: Orlando just ate a cricket lollipop. A lollipop with a cricket
Bloom: I'll do anything, man. Im an adrenalin junkie. In New Zealand, they
throw themselves off bridges with rope attached. When I saw that, I thought
"Fuck it, I'll give that a go."
Nui Te Koha: Were you as adventurous when
you were in Australia making New Kelly?
OB: did you see Ned Kelly? Did you like it?
Nui Te Koha:
OB: (smiling) Oh, you didn't like it.
LT: I didn't see it. I love heath ledger.
Nui Te Koha: You can
probably pick it up in the specials bin at wal-mart.
Nui Te Koha: How is married life, Liv (to singer royston
LT: at first, when we got married and moved into our new house that we've
been rebuilding for two years, I had spent so much time being really excited
about it. Then it became a bit overwhelming for me. I had a bit of an identity
crisis for a minute, like: 'I'm grown up. I'm married. I have this huge house
and I don't know what to do'. But we've been living there for a few months and I
love it. We have a puppy. We feel so lucky.
Nui Te Koha: You sound
LT: I feel good. I feel like I'm in a nice calm place in my life because I
really went through a moment there where I was like 'Aaaaargh!!' I have come out
the other side feeling good.
Nui Te Koha: There is a scene in ROTK where
you see your future children. Do you see that in real life too?
LT: Not exactly. I have always wanted to be a mother. I was the only child of
my mom and dad. I have a lot of half-brother and sisters. From a young age, I
always thought I'd like to have a big family because I'm really mothering to
Nui Te Koha: Orlando, you are a sex symbol now.
OB: All that attention from beautiful women is very flattering, but I'm all
about the work man, getting that done. That is what floats my boat at the
moment. I trained for three years to be an actor, and got that done. The rest
is...I never really signed on for it. Liv always gave me really good advice on
how to conduct myself. Listen, we had to fight them off with a stick when we had
Liv around. Nobody knew who we were. We were just actors on a film here. Liv Tyler was the hot
chick in all the hot movies.
LT: It's all changed now. Now I'm beating them off with a stick!
Te Koha: What was the best thing about playing an elf?
LT: I found it funny playing an elf. I used to laugh at us all the time.
OB: They are immortal, ageless, angelic spirits. They kick ass! They
represent everything that JRR Tolkein thought the world should be. The elves
inhabit the world in a way where they don't take from it. They give back.
Nui Te Koha: Orlando, do you still have to campaign for film roles?
OB: I have auditioned for every role I've ever had. I am about to work on a
ridley scott film, Kingdom and Heaven, and I was screen tested for that. It was
really intense: nine hours. I audition for everything and I feel good about
that. It feels like I've earned the role.
Nui Te Koha: You've just
finished Troy with Eric Bana.
OB: He is so brilliant. He is the funniest guy you'll ever meet and the
sweetest as well. He militantly hold on to being a guy doing his job. He is a
great family man and a great example.
Nui Te Koha: Liv, are you
disappointed your character Arwen, does not have much
screentime across the trilogy?
LT: No. peter was saying the original idea of arwen was - its going to sound
really bad saying this - a marketing thing to get studios interested. They knew
they needed some kind of money: obviously if there was a female character played
by a big actress, that would add to it.
Nui Te Koha: Originally, Jackson
wrote a bigger part for Arwen?
LT: Yes. When I first came down here, that is what I had seen. I hadn't read
the book yet. I was just starting to get into that whole world and found it very
difficult. I felt like there was something wrong with me. I was depressed, I
couldn't find the character. I was doing everything I could to connect with her.
that's all I know how to do. Im not trained. Its an internal thing for
Nui Te Koha: Then Jackson scrapped a lot of Arwen's lines and back
LT: From that moment, I was so liberated and excited and fell in love with
her and who she was. At times it was hard because it wasn't a big role any more.
I didn't have that much to do. I mean, how do we connect these two characters
(Arwen and Aragorn) who are on the
opposite side of the world from each other? How do we make them emotionally
invested in their love relationship? I think peter found a very good way of
doing that through flashback.
Nui Te Koha: thanks a lot!!