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INT: Orlando Bloom

Interview 1: Jerry Bruckheimer/Ted Elliot
Interview 2: Keira Knightley
Interview 3: Orlando Bloom
Interview 4: Johnny Depp

Though a relative newcomer to the film world, Orlando Bloom is already a veteran of the action/adventure genre, having starred as Legolas in the celebrated LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. This summer, Bloom turns in his bow and picks up a sword for the Disney epic PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL. He plays Will Turner, an orphan raised as a swordmaker’s apprentice on the British colony of Port Royal. Along with amiable rogue Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), he sails in pursuit of cursed pirates, led by the sinister Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).

Looking comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt, Bloom talked to us about his experience on the High Seas.

ORLANDO BLOOM

As an actor, does it get any better than playing a swashbuckling pirate?

No it doesn’t. I’m not really a swashbuckler, though. Will is kind of stick in the mud, the earnest straight-shooter. He’s the guy who’s holding it together, as it were. But it was so much fun. Will’s arc is that he realizes, through the experience of hanging with Jack Sparrow and doing that journey together, that there’s something about being true to yourself. There’s something in bending the rules a little – without hurting anyone. That can be the right thing to do as well. 

What about the swordfight at the beginning? That’s a lot of fun to watch.

And it was a headache to make. It was intimidating when I first saw it performed by the stunt guys, who filmed it in kind of a basic form to show Jerry (Bruckheimer) and Gore (Verbinski). They needed to make sure it was going to work and so on. They showed it to me, and I was like, “I’m supposed to do that?” But it actually was a lot of fun to film, once you learned the moves. It’s like learning lines; you can play with it and have fun with it. Working with Bob Anderson, who I’d worked with previously on LORD OF THE RINGS, was great.

On RINGS, I did a certain amount of it, picking up different swords and training and stuff. So, I’d kind of gotten used to it. Spatial awareness, you know. I don’t stab as many stuntmen as I used to. In PIRATES, I had to do some fighting with skeletal pirates that weren’t there – because the pirates turn into skeletons in the moonlight. That was when the effects guys would come in and do their job. So, I’d do the fight with the stunt guy and then the stunt guy would go away and I’d have to do it without the stunt guy there.

Talk a little bit about Johnny Depp and your experience working with him.

As a young actor – and I think most young actors would agree – you grow up seeing this guy, who’s probably one of the best-looking guys on-screen, and he just manages to become these incredible characters. And he really morphs into them. I just picked his brain about how he goes about living his life, because it must be an unusual reality. And I just wanted to know how he deals with that. He’s so gracious, such a lovely man. He far surpassed all of my expectations – not only as an actor, but as a human being.

What about Depp’s take on the Jack Sparrow character?

When I read the script, the Jack Sparrow character was a great swashbuckling pirate, like Errol Flynn. I’ve seen Johnny’s movies and what he does with character, but I don’t think the studio really thought he was going to do what he did. He created this kind of drunken, sea-legged, Keith Richards number. And with the costume, the gold teeth, the eye makeup, the whole thing – he’s “Depped” it, hasn’t he?

What was it like doing an imitation of him?

That’s one of my favorite parts of the movie! I was so jealous of Johnny. I was so envious of that character that he created. That character was not on the page – it wasn’t written like that. That’s what Johnny does: he creates an incredible character from something that’s an idea on a page. I was just like, “I wish I was doing that.” I sat with him when we flew over to St. Vincent and said, “God, I’d love to do an impression of that. It would be so fun.” And Johnny was like, “Yeah, you should.”  And Jerry was like, “Yeah. Let’s write that in.” And I was so happy that it made it.

You seem to have great chemistry with Keira Knightley.

Yeah. She’s a sprightly young creature, isn’t she? She was 17 when she showed up. She’s 18 now. It’s crazy. I couldn’t believe it, because she seemed a lot older. She’s very grown-up. And she looks beautiful.

Have you ever been on the Disneyland ride?

No. I’ve never been to Disneyland. I’d been to Disney World as a kid, in Florida. But I hadn’t been on the ride.

Right now you’re working on TROY. Are you ever going to get out of period?

I did a film called THE CALCIUM KID in Scotland, which will be out later this year. I haven’t been intentionally avoiding (non-period work);  I think I’ve been really fortunate that the sort of projects that I’ve gotten involved in have been around and I’ve been right for them, and I’ve been available for work when they’ve come along. I’ve started with these big films and I definitely want to back to doing more smaller, human stories. Contemporary is cool, whatever. I just respond to the material and I’m hoping that I’ll respond to the more kind of gritty, dramatic, “three guys sitting in a room” stuff.

It feels like, as a young actor, you kind of have a right of passage, in a way. You’ve got to put the leg-work in early and do the stuff that comes to you and hopefully that will be good and you can grow with it and do stuff with it. But I really do want to be doing stuff that’s more human.

Is this a children’s film? There’s some scary stuff in it.

I think the visual effects are quite impressive, and they do what they’re supposed to. The skeletal pirates – I was pretty wigged out by them. I think it will cross over – it’s the first PG-13 movie that Disney’s done. Actually, somebody described it to me – I think it was the head of Disney – he said, “Well, you know, some of the rides at Disneyland, if you don’t go above this line, you can’t go on the ride.” So it’s kind of like that.

Have you had to go back to New Zealand at all for Rings?

I was back there about six weeks ago, actually. It was really an emotional sendoff. I’d done the blonde wig and pointy ears for the last time and I was really sad. They gave me my bow and arrow from the last shot and they put some clips together of the stuff I’d done in the Rings movies. It was really sad to say goodbye to it, though, obviously, there’s still the release of the third film to go. It was a life-changing experience for me and I’m grateful for the opportunity.

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Interview 1: Jerry Bruckheimer/Ted Elliot
Interview 2: Keira Knightley
Interview 3: Orlando Bloom
Interview 4: Johnny Depp
Source: JoBlo.com

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