Orlando and Elijah on Return of the King, ym.com, December 22, 2003
by Martine Bury
Good news. Frodo and Legolas love their fans. Even the weird ones. Elijah
Wood was only 18 years old when he went to New Zealand to film Lord of the
Rings. Orlando Bloom was 23. The acting gig of a lifetime opened their eyes
to an amazing, fairy tale world. With Return of the King, the last
installment in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic, in theaters, it's not just the magic of
elves and wizards that blows them away. The two are amazed by the hype and,
especially the fans who camp out for tickets and watch the movie sporting
cloaks, pointy ears, hairy hobbit feet and hold up banners saying, "I love you"
in Elvish. Between glamorous premieres, ym got their reaction to all the
What's been your weirdest fan experience so
Orlando: There was a Japanese girl who was dressed as
Legolas. She had the blue eyes and she actually had a wig on and the whole
costume and the bow. Cool. But I was like, "Whew, where'd she get all that from
Elijah: I'm a huge music geek. So when I meet the fans, I
understand what they're passionate about and why they're passionate about it. So
I don't necessarily think they're weird. I mean I personally don't understand
that level of fandom. I couldn't personally devote my life to it in the way that
[some] people do. In terms of the fans of these movies, the way that they've
treated all of us has been incredible — so supportive. The Lord of the
Rings fans have become an extended family of their own. They support all of
the actors' ventures since Lord of the Rings. I can understand why they
love the films.
What music are you into right
Elijah: The new Outkast is pretty spectacular. The fact that
they're selling records, and it's as experimental as it is, is pretty
refreshing. I got the new Belle and Sebastian. I haven't heard that yet. The
Beatles' Let It Be Naked is pretty amazing, too.
Will you miss
your friends in the cast?
Orlando: We grew up together. We did a
lot of growing. It was my first movie. All of us separately and together — we
were all experiencing the same incredible emotions. It really brought us
Elijah: It was the first time that I lived away from home
for that long a time. I definitely grew up. I've certainly gained family as a
result of working on these movies as well. And that's the thing that's dearest
to my heart — the group of friends.
Was any scene particularly
heart-wrenching to shoot for Return of the King?
There were definitely scenes towards the end that we had to get ourselves worked
up emotionally for. I remember the scene on the side of Mount Doom, where Frodo
collapses and Sam picks him up in his arms. That was a really difficult scene
because it had to be so right. It was such a defining moment in both of the
character's journeys. My character had a sort of depleted state of mind. Some of
it was simply just playing the spaced-outness of it all and the exhaustion.
Which in some ways was not difficult because we were completely
Do you have a favorite of the three
Orlando: I see them as one movie. I can't quite break them
up. The third one is definitely the most dramatic and exciting. But I love the
first one; I loved being in Hobbiton for the first 20 minutes. I love the action
in the second one. I love the battle sequences, because it's the first time you
see all the cool action stuff. And the third is like all three rolled into one.
It's a hard one to call, really.
Will you miss your
Orlando: It's very sad to say goodbye to a great
character like that. I was really connected to Leggie for such a long time. It
was kind of a coming-of-age time for me being in New Zealand. This whole fanfare
has been like a Christmas gift at the end of each year. Amazing. There is
something about these movies that seems to have been growing over the last three
years. And if we were to continue, it's like I don't know where it would stop.
It's nice to have the sense that it's come to a natural close. Plus I feel that
with the DVDs and the books, the characters will live on in the minds and hearts
True enough. But still, to see Orlando and Elijah for three
more hours on a giant screen...we wouldn't mind a fourth sequel.