Orlando Bloom, Yam (Germany) #43, October 15, 2003
translated by Marny, scan by Chrissy
"You will never walk again!" When Orlando heard these words, a world broke down
for him. A few weeks earlier, he fell from a third-floor window and broke his
vertebrae. "I'm really accident-prone", Orlando says about this accident from
1998. "I've broken my back, some ribs, my nose, both legs, my arm, my wrist as
well as a finger and a toe. And I cracked my skull three times, too."
Unbelievable: Had the doctor been right, today no-one would know Orlando Bloom.
Someone else would have played the elf Legolas in "Lord Of The Rings". Orli wouldn't have been in the war movie "Black Hawk Down",
too. Ironically he played a soldier who falls out of a helicopter and breaks his
back. During the movie shoot successful producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("Pearl Harbor") became aware of the young talent. Jerry told Orlando about a pirate
movie he was just planning....
Now, as "Pirates Of The Caribbean" breaks
records all over the world, Orlando is one of the hottest newcomers in Hollywood
- being only 26! Ten years ago: Orlando joins the National Youth Theatre in
London. After only two terms, the 17-year-old is so good he receives a
scholarship for the renowned British American Drama Academy. To get his foot in
the door, Orlando auditions again and again for tv and movie projects, but his
real passion for the next years is the theatre. When he hears that the famous
fantasy novel "Lord Of The Rings" will be filmed, humble Orlando wants to
audition for the small part of "Faramir", who does not show up until part two.
But director Peter Jackson casts David Wenham (38) for that part. Disappointed,
Orli returns to the Guildhall School of Drama where he now studies. Then the
phone rings: Jackson wants him to play the heroic Legolas! Now the totally
surprised young actor has to take a deep breath! "I was so surprised. I told my
mum first about it", he remembers. Quickly, Orli packs his stuff and moves to
New Zealand for one-and-a-half years, feeling that he will be part of something
big. Conscientiously, he prepares for his role - the media frenzy that awaits
him after the premiere, he can't even dream of.
On set, the shy actor meets
colleagues who soon become his friends. One Sunday morning, Orli and his friends
go to a tattoo shop, all of them getting a tattoo with the elvish "nine".
Orlando has his on his arm because Legolas is such a good archer. Orli has a sun
tattooed on his belly as well. "Everyone who wants a tattoo should think about
it: It stays forever", he grins. Orlando and actor Viggo Mortensen (45), who
played Aragorn, got along so well that they tease each other: "Vig called me elf
boy and said that the vain elves always polish their fingernails and comb their
hair. I on the other hand called him a dirty, mortal human." This movie shoot
became a high point in Orlando's young life and he likes to talk about it. The
movie star doesn't like to talk about his private life though. "My life is dead
boring compared to the roles I play." It is probably not that boring - since the
"Lord Of The Rings" premiere Orlando's adored by millions of girls. Obviously he
likes it: Twinkling, he said in interviews that the best part of his job is that
he gets to choose girls. But that's not meant seriously. The actually shy star
is dating US actress Kate Bosworth (20) since spring 2003, but does not talk
about it. Orlando knows that he has to protect his private life, if he wants to
have one in the future. Mr. Bloom cannot see a joke about this issue - he would
protect his privacy with bow and arrow or sword!
"Lord Of The Rings" made
Orlando well known, with "Pirates Of The Caribbean" he became a superstar. His
next movies should establish his status: "Ned Kelly" with Heath Ledger (24) and
"Troy" with Brad Pitt (40). The theatre actor from Kent has come a long way -
who knows where it will lead him in the future. He can be sure of his loyal fans
though. And he loves them as much as they love him: "I'm feeling really lucky
that so many people everywhere like me."