Rumor Has it All Wrong, Bloom Says, USA Today, June 7, 2003
by Susan Wloszczyna
Orlando Bloom has better things to do than correct
misinformation found on the countless Web sites dedicated to him.
Besides, he describes himself as an ostrich-like
technophobe when it comes to the Internet. Luckily, his mom, Sonia, does keep
track of such matters.
She encourages him to correct errors and perhaps start an
official site, but his feeling is that "the work can do the talking."
Let us help the busy lad set at least part of the record
Rumor: He was named after a character in a Virginia
Truth: Bloom is not afraid of Virginia Woolf, nor
did she inspire his given name. "The name Orlando Gibbons was floating around
when I was younger," he says, apparently referring to the long-ago English
Rumor: The actor eats only starches pasta, rice,
baked potatoes. Or he's a vegetarian who doesn't like green vegetables.
Truth: "I've tried lots of different things. When
you're working on a film, food is like a fuel. It can help you out or, if you
indulge, it can get in the way. While making Lord of the Rings, I would
get tired after lunch. I ate so much, it knocked me out. So I didn't eat meat. I
stopped drinking milk. I wasn't strict, I was just trying to find out what was
right. I went to see a guy for my back. He said he had been a vegetarian for 25
years, but he went back to eating one piece of meat every couple of weeks.
Because of his blood type, he needed it. I was getting sick with the flu and
feeling rundown. So I tried having steak and I wasn't ill anymore."
Rumor: The most famous and repeated quote attributed
to him? "Frankly, if I get the chance to kiss someone in a movie, they wouldn't
need to pay me at all."
Truth: Orlando may be a Bloom, but he's no blooming
idiot. "First of all, I've never said that. Can you imagine?"
Rumor: He got into acting "because of the
Truth: "No, I never said that."
Rumor: The 26-year-old will star as "Daniel
Day-Lewis" in The Remains of the Piano, a Merchant-Ivory spoof, directed
and written by Monty Python's Eric Idle.
Truth: In the key of wrong. "No, I'm not signed up
for that. But I had a look at it, and it seemed great."