To the Conquest of Hollywood: POTC, One (France), June 2003
translated by Anya, scans from Elodie
Orlando Bloom fans will not have to wait until “Return of the King” to
see their favorite actor on the big screen. On August 13 of this year, Orlando
will indeed be the star of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” one of the film events
of the summer. Exclusively, ONE gives you a premiere of this film which looks
On August 13 of this year, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the
Black Pearl,” will land in force on the French screen. Unmistakably one of the
film events of the summer, this spectacular production will sign the big return
of Orlando Bloom, who, since the release of “Lord of the Rings,” became the new favorite actor of Hollywood. Inspired by the attraction of the same name at
Disney World, “Pirates of the Caribbean” revives a kind of genre that was all
the rage in Hollywood in the 1930’s.
To go back to the style of the
day, this genre is an enormous challenge for the producer, Jerry Bruckheimer,
specialist of action films ("Pearl Harbor,"
"Armageddon"). Indeed, the last pirates’ film, "Island of Pirates", released in 1995, was a loud flop. Nevertheless, everything seems to foretell that "Pirates of the Caribbean" is not of the same fate.
With a prestigious cast (Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp),
a solid script and a talented director Gore Verbinski ("The
Mouse," "The Mexican," and more recently "The
Circle"), the film should break the roof at the box-office and stand out
as one of the big successes of the year.
ADVENTURES AND SCARES
In the 17th century, it was hard to navigate on the sea of the
Caribbean, which was infested by troops of pirates in charge of prestigious
booties. Orlando Bloom plays a young blacksmith, named Will Turner, who falls
in love with Elizabeth Swann, the daughter of the Governor. However, the young
lady is kidnapped by Barbossa, a fearsome pirate and Captain of a galleon,
the Black Pearl. He and his crew are struck by a terrible curse: neither
completely alive, nor completely dead, they are in a sense ghosts who are
transformed into skeletons when they are exposed in the light of the moon!
Elizabeth possesses an object which can allow Barbossa to stop this bad fate.
Listening to only his big heart, Will Turner is obviously going to try to save
his beloved from the claws of evil pirates. For that purpose, he teams up
with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), an old veteran of the seas who turns out to be a crook with a big heart. All the ingredients of pirates’ films
(young girls in distress, collisions, sword fighting) will be found in “Pirates
of the Caribbean.” However, the originality of the film lies in the mixture of
two genres; adventure and fantasy. The images of the pirates being transformed
into skeletons will bring to the spectators their share of strong sensations
and shudders! “Pirates of the Caribbean” will be a film that is more grown-up
and more frightening than the consumer and domestic attraction of the Disney
Parks by which it is inspired.
Originally, Orlando Bloom did not have the part in "Pirates of the
Caribbean." Indeed, it was the talent of persuasion by the actor Geoffrey
Rush, with whom he had just made "Ned Kelly"; that Orlando
accepted the role of Will Turner. Indeed, when offered the role, Orlando wanted
to take a little rest after almost three years of continuous shooting and the
making of several films (the trilogy " Lord of the Rings", "Ned Kelly", and "The Calcium Kid").
The shooting of
"Pirates of the Caribbean" was soiled by several incidents, one being
that a gigantic fire ravaged a big part of the set. Today nevertheless, Orlando
does not regret having been convinced to participate in this fantastic adventure.
"While shooting the film, I felt like a kid,” he declares. “You realize, these last years, I was able to embody an
elf, a boxer, an outlaw, and now a pirate! When we are a child, we dream about
being all these people, and I had the opportunity to embody all of them in
these films. I still can’t believe it... " An enthusiasm shared by Johnny
Depp, his on-screen partner: "I wanted to make a film that my children
would be able to see and know the actor. It was a very funny experience."
Dear ship's boys, we only have this advice to give you: all of this
hits theaters on August 13th of this year!