Fantastic Outlook, Petra (Germany), September 2003|
Interview by Andreas Renner
translated by Marny
Fantastic outlook - From "Lord Of The Rings" to the planks in "Pirates Of
The Caribbean": fantasy movies made a star of Orlando Bloom - and a reluctant
An open glance and a beaming smile that could compete with
the sun: Orlando Bloom is not only a gorgeous man but a lucky fellow as well. Cast directly from drama school, he played the blonde elven warrior "Legolas"
in the "Lord Of The Rings" movies and put Elijah Wood as hobbit with wispy feet
behind him without difficulty on the erotic scale. Since then women gasp for
breath all over the world whenever they see the 26-year-old Brit. Orlando
Bloom's new fantasy movie, the pirate saga "Pirates Of The Caribbean", will
further cement his reputation as a ladies' man. How fabulously can you actually
live as new dream man of the screen?
Do you believe in fairy
My whole life seems like a fairy tale to me. Two years ago I was
in drama school and suddenly I shoot "Pirates Of The Caribbean" with Johnny Depp
and "Troy" with Brad Pitt. I used to admire those two guys in movies. So if this
is not a fairy tale..... But I could imagine playing the lead in a comedy,
without the pirate or elf costume.
Are elves actually sexy?
don't know. Why do you ask?
We ask in the interest of our readers. Your
status as new sex-symbol you owe to your role as "Legolas" in "Lord Of The
Obviously some people see it like this. Women sometimes address
me in the street and say: Hey Orlando, nice bum. That's quite strange.
honestly: Isn't that good for the male ego?
Sure, but I'm not used to my
bum being an object of longing. I don't really feel sexy.
Aren't you the
least bit vain?
Not really. I'm not the type who thinks about outward
appearances. Sometimes I don't shave for weeks just because I don't want to. I
don't spend much time with my hair either. I just let it grow, going to the
hairdresser is more of an annoyance to me. Fortunately, I often get free hair
cuts at movie shoots.
In the movie, Johnny Depp as an eccentric captain
helps you change into a pirate. What do you think of him?
people in life you meet and click with immediately. This was the case with
Johnny. He is - aside from Brad Pitt - the most normal superstar I've met so
far. Johnny gave me one advice: Make a decision about a movie role never because
of the money. That got stuck in my head.
What is Johnny Depp
He can be very serious, but you can have a lot of fun with him too.
When we flew to the Caribbean for the shoot, we drank together to overcome fear
of flight. At the arrival we were quite tipsy and staggered down the gangway,
Johnny ahead. On the runway the prime minister of St. Vincent was waiting for
us. Johnny didn't get that and hugged and kissed him. That was really
You've broken almost every bone in your body. Are you such a
While shooting "Lord Of The Rings" I broke some ribs but this time
fortunately nothing happened apart from a few scratches during the fencing
scenes. Most of the fractures I got during sports.
So you're a
I used to be really active, doing sports like parachuting and bungee jumping, paragliding, surfing and snowboarding - accidents are bound to
happen. The most serious accident I had some years ago when I fell from a
friend's roof terrace and broke my back. Doctors prepared me for a life in a
wheelchair but twelve days later I walked out of the hospital without any
problems. You see, fairy tales with a happy ending happen in real life
Is it true that you are dyslexic?
Yes, it is true, but it
always sounds like you have the plague. Yes, I have difficulties to recognize
and discern some letters. But nonetheless I successfully completed my education.
Many people still think that dyslexic people are boneheaded. That's just
How do you handle it that you being dyslexic is discussed in
I try to accept that that is part of the business. But publicity
has advantages too: I can use this platform to reduce prejudices against
dyslexic people. People should learn not to judge others by their weakness. A
bit more tolerance and understanding would not be amiss.
What wrong image
has the public of you?
I'm often portrayed as a ladies' man, a sex-symbol
or romantic cuddly toy (this is my very literal translation - sorry). The
truth is: I'm actually not really romantic. I'd probably like to be that way,
but that gene is obviously missing. I don't want to be portrayed as the perfect
In the meantime you have a girlfriend. Is this going to be
Let me answer this generally: I believe in fairy tales
with a happy ending.