Orlando Bloom, co-star of the "Kingdom Of Heaven" Movie!
Orlando Bloom began reading J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy as a teenager before abandoning the books in favor of sports and girls. He did not complete the three volumes until his early twenties: first in print, and then on camera as one of a handful of actors carefully selected for New Line Cinema's highly anticipated, $270 million, three-film screen adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The international success of the trilogy's first installment, The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), made Bloom a sought-after young actor. The talented Brit works the talk show circuit, mugs in magazines, and appears at every important award show -- always with a playful demeanor and an uncorrupted smile that suggest he could still be just as easily fulfilled by rugby and romance. Bloom was raised in Canterbury, Kent, with his sister, Samantha. Their mother taught them to enjoy the arts and encouraged them to participate in the local Kent Festival. Bloom began by reciting poetry and prose, displaying an advanced sensitivity to tone and modulation. Yet, it wasn't this precociousness or his frequent trips to the theater that influenced Bloom to become a professional actor. He was in awe of larger-than-life characters -- from Superman to the members of the A-Team -- and knew the only way to become one was to play one on the screen.
At 16, Bloom relocated to London and performed with the National Youth Theatre for two seasons before winning a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy. At the conclusion of his term with the group, he played the lead in A Walk in the Vienna Woods, and secured an agent. This led to small roles on British television and an appearance in Brian Gilbert's Wilde (1997). Wishing to further his education, Bloom then enrolled at London's prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama (the alma mater of Ewan McGregor, Joseph Fiennes, and Ben Chaplin, among others). There, he acted in several plays, including Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Chekov's Three Sisters, and Sophocles' Antigone.
While still in school, Bloom was trying to make it onto a friend's rooftop terrace when he fell three stories and broke his back. The accident almost paralyzed the actor, but surgery let him walk out of the hospital on crutches. Soon afterward, all his peers auditioned for coveted roles in the upcoming The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The extensive and selective casting process took place in every English-speaking country. Bloom good-naturedly tried out for the role of Faramir, a character introduced in the second film, The Two Towers (2002). After meeting with the project's director, Peter Jackson, Bloom was not cast as Faramir. Instead, Jackson asked that he read for the part of Legolas Greenleaf, a much more prominent figure who is featured in all three films. The director offered Bloom the role a few weeks later, only two days before the burgeoning star graduated from drama school.
Legolas, Tolkien's warrior elf, has super-human strength, swift reflexes, and heightened sensory awareness. To play him, Bloom trained in archery, swordplay, and horseback riding for two months prior to shooting. He developed a graceful style of combat based on the characters in Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai and worked to manage his posture, poise, and composure. As Legolas, Bloom is immortal, and at 2,931 years old, is a tall, athletic, and skilled fighter of evil -- he truly is larger than life.
After finishing The Lord of the Rings -- all three films, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, were shot simultaneously over 18 months in New Zealand -- Bloom headed to Morocco for a role in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down. The film chronicles the horrific Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, in which a "simple" mission left 18 U.S. soldiers dead and 73 wounded. Debuting his American accent, Bloom plays a neophyte ranger who breaks his back after falling 70 feet from a helicopter. This combat film opened only a few weeks after The Fellowship of the Ring and received equal acclaim.
Following these blockbusters, Bloom performed in several quirky films with limited releases such as Lullaby of Clubland (2001). But it wouldn't be long before Bloom was blowing up the box-office once again with the 2003 crowd-pleaser The Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. By the time Bloom showed up opposite Brad Pitt and Black Hawk Dawn costar Eric Bana in the 2004 historical epic Troy, his intense star-power was unquestionable.
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom was born in Canterbury, Kent, England on January 13, 1977. The man he briefly knew as his father, Harry Bloom, was a legendary political activist who fought for civil rights in South Africa. But Harry died of a stroke when Orlando was only four years old. After that, Orlando and his older sister, Samantha, were raised by their mother, Sonia, and family friend, Colin Stone. When Orlando was 13, Sonia revealed to him that Colin was actually his biological father.
Orlando attended St. Edmunds School in Canterbury but struggled in many courses because of dyslexia. He did embrace the arts, however, and enjoyed pottery, photography and sculpturing. He also participated in school plays and was active at his local theater. As a teen, Orlando landed his first job: he was a clay trapper at a pigeon shooting range. Encouraged by his mother, he and his sister began studying poetry and prose, eventually giving readings at Kent Festival. Orlando and Samantha won many poetry and Bible reciting competitions. Then Orlando, who always idolized larger-than-life characters, gravitated towards serious acting. At the age of 16, he moved to London and joined the National Youth Theatre, spending two seasons there and gaining a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy. Like many young actors, he also auditioned for a number of television roles to further his career, landing bit parts in British television shows "Casualty" (1986), "Midsomer Murders" (1997) and "Smack the Pony" (1999). He also appeared in the critically acclaimed movie Wilde (1997).
He then attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It was there, in 1998, that Orlando fell three stories from a rooftop terrace and broke his back. Despite fears that he would be permanently paralyzed, he quickly recovered and returned to the stage. As fate would have it, seated in the audience one night in 1999 was a director named 'Peter Jackson (P_' . After the show, he met with Orlando and asked him to audition for his new set of movies. After graduating from Guildhall, Orlando began work on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, spending 18 months in New Zealand bringing to life "Legolas," a part which made him a household name. Today he is one of the busiest and most sought-after actors in the industry.
More fun stuff about Orlando Bloom
During the filming for "Lord of the Rings," he fell off his horse and broke one of his ribs.
Chosen as one of Teen People Magazine's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25." 
Originally auditioned to play the role of "Faramir" in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy but lost out on that role and was instead asked to play the role of Legolas.
Learned to surf during the filming of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy in New Zealand.
He won the 2002 MVT Movie Award for "Breakthrough Male."
Was nominated with the entire The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) (VG) cast for "Best Ensemble Acting" at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Won the award at the 2002 Empire Awards for "Best Debut."
Underwent a great deal of training with knives, horseback riding, canoeing and archery before his role as Legolas.
According to Screensavers.com, Orlando Bloom replaced Britney Spears at the top of the website's celebrity download index in January, 2004.
Became so skilled with the bow in his training for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy that his coach would throw plates in the air and he would hit them with one shot.
On People (USA) magazine's '50 Most Beautiful' list .
Web-site Ananova.com chose him as the sexiest actor in Britain. 
One of People magazine's "Hottest Bachelors" in 2004.
His cousin, the photographer/director Sebastian Copeland, was Brigitte Nielsen's ex-husband.
He made archery a very popular sport in the UK. Many youngsters saw him with a bow in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and decided to join archery schools.
Chosen as Teen People's #1 Hottie for the October 2004 issue.
Chosen as the sexiest male movie star by Empire Magazine. Overall he was 3rd; ahead of him were Keira Knightley (1st) and Angelina Jolie (2nd). [September 2004]
He used to be a vegetarian, but he had to go back to eating meat when he was filming "Lord Of The Rings."
Named as one of nine "off the charts" sexy superstars by People Magazine in 2004, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Usher Raymond, Colin Farrell, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, and Johnny Depp.
Was visited by Countess Seidy Maria Lopez during the filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) in New Zealand.
Received a great amount of "stage combat" training while at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (as part of the drama program in conjunction with the British Academy of Stage and Theatre Combat), which helped prepare him a great deal in the characters he has choosen to play, that fight with swords, bows and knives.
He has received an invitation to join the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford Upon Avon, which he plans to do in the near future when he has some time off from working on film. His goal is to perform Hamlet on the Swan stage (RSC main), one of Shakespeare's most challenging works.
Voted #1 star most women would like to kiss under the mistletoe in a poll for Sky Movies.
Has an older sister, Samantha
Graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1999)
His personal quotes:
On his character Legolas and the way Legolas moves: "Legolas doesn't speak a lot - he prefers to let his actions speak for him. Legolas' moves are smooth and elegant, like a cat. You know how cats can jump and land steadily on their paws? That's what I'm trying to do. There's a strength in that, but it's very balletic. It's also bloody hard to do without falling over!"
"It's all very surreal. I've had two very fantastic experiences. In Lord of the Rings and in Black Hawk Down. I feel very lucky. I'm sort of doubly excited."
"I'm rather accident-prone, I have to admit. I've broken my back, my ribs, my nose, both my legs, my arm, my wrist, a finger and a toe and cracked my skull three times."
On how he got the part in Black Hawk Down (2001): "My character breaks his back, and I had mentioned I had done that when I was up for the part. Who knows why one actor gets a job and another doesn't? I think it was just good timing that I happened to be there and I had had the experience - I mean, I was lucky."
"I broke my back. I fell out of a window... some friends had a roof terrace on the landing before their apartment, and I fell off the drain pipe. It gave way, actually, and I fell three floors. I was told I might not walk again. So, for about four days,I was contemplating that as a serious part of reality. Then they operated, and I walked out of the hospital in about twelve days."
"Vig used to call me 'elf boy,' and I'd call him 'filthy human.' As an Elf, I never got a scratch on me, never got dirty. And Vig would come out with blood and sweat all over him. And he'd say to me, 'Oh, go manicure your nails.'"
On his 2002 Empire Award: "I think my mum will have [my award] in pride of place somewhere beside my grandmother on the mantelpiece."
"We have these digs at each other. Viggo will go on about Elves and how they're always doing their nails and brushing their long, blonde hair, and being all prissy. And I just say: Well, at least I'm going to live forever! Got that? LIVE FOREVER!"
"You have to be quite serious about tattoos [because] they're there forever."
"For a young actor like me to have the oportunity to work with the genre of actors and directors on 'Lord Of The Rings' is unbelievable. There was no, should I should I not. It was like, where do I sign up! It was just bonkers. It was like here, have a life."
"It's a bit strange to be included in those sexiest people polls and all that sort of thing. I don't really even know who I'm up against!"
"Elf Envy...they all had it."
"Aged nine, I had this girlfriend, and we used to have running races in the park to see who would be her boyfriend for the day. I wanted to be like Superman and fly in and rescue her. Once I realised Superman was an actor, I thought, 'That's for me.'"
On being in love in general: "I'm in love with love. It's heavenly when you're falling for someone and you can't stop thinking about her."
"The girls have got a bit excited. I spoke to my agent and she says she's wading through the fan mail. We've got bags of it. I'm like, 'OK, well, what do we do with that, then?' And she explains that we're sending them pictures and stuff, which is great."
"It was like a drama school of its own, being on set. Peter [Jackson] is a genius. Ian McKellen is the greatest theatre actor in Britain. He's somebody I look at and say, 'That's what I would like to do.' I had studied videos of his performances, so it was bizarre to be thrown into an environment with him."
"The thing with Ridley [Scott] is he's been doing this forever, he knows what it is he wants and how to get it. There's absolutely no messing around on set. Having said that, he's very accessible to actors, very open to what you want to do and willing to talk about it. He casts people who he feels are going to bring something to the role and allows them to take care of the situation, to do what it is that they do."
"I'm quite sensitive to women. I saw how my sister got treated by boyfriends. I read this thing that said when you are in a relationship with a woman, imagine how you would feel if you were her father. That's been my approach, for the most part."
"Theatre is something that I feel very important for an actor to keep doing. I think it keeps you sharp. But at the moment I'm intrigued with movies and filmmaking. It hasn't lured me away from theatre, but I'm just going to try to ride this wave and then jump onto another and see how far it takes me."
"I did send a girl a plane ticket, asking her for a visit, I guess that's quite romantic."
"I'd like to grow old gracefully or pain free at least."
The 'Pirates of the Carribbean' are going yachting!
Pirates of the Caribbean stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley will now be surfing the sea as They gear up take part in a yacht race.
They will take turns to help crew a boat in the gruelling Volvo round-the-world contest, reports the Sun.
The yacht, named the Black Pearl after the film ship, will have a skull and crossbones sail. Each star will undergo training at the Portsmouth HQ of the event, which starts in November.
Orlando Bloom is a very busy now
(August 2003) Filming "Troy" in Mexico.
(November 2003) Filming Haven in Cayman Islands.
(January 2004) In Spain filming "Kingdom of heaven"
(March 2004) Filming "Kingdom of Heaven" in Morocco.
(July 2004) Filming "Elizabethtown" in Kentucky, USA
(March 2005) In LA and the Caribbean filming Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3.
Olando Bloom: Kingdom of Heaven
Nobody is better than Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Gladiator) at creating a convincing onscreen world, and this epic 12th-century adventure about the Crusades promises to be a voyage back to a time when, not unlike the present, religion and warfare intertwined. Orlando Bloom portrays a humble French blacksmith named Balian, who has just lost his wife and child; when a crusader (Liam Neeson) returns from the Holy Land, he proves to be a key part of Balian's past—and future. Balian journeys east to Jerusalem, where the princess of the city, Sybilla (The Dreamers' Eva Green), will involve him in palace intrigue even as his soldiering and engineering skills make him the city's chief defender. Balian, says Scott, is "the only [historical] character we took liberty with. We had to. We had to find a leading guy." Bloom, who muscled up for the job, says Balian is "a very earnest, open, and true character, who is on a journey of spiritual, political, and emotional discovery. A huge arc for one man."
Bloom and Bosworth rekindle romance
Movie hunk Orlando Bloom has finally won back his ex-girlfriend Kate Bosworth - after ending their two-year romance in January.
Movie hunk Orlando Bloom has finally won back his ex-girlfriend Kate Bosworth - after ending their two-year romance in January.
The sexy 28-year-old met the Blue Crash actress on the set of a Gap advert in 2003, but separated from her two years later, because their hectic filming schedules prevented them from having a stable relationship.
But Bloom spent a staggering $6,000 (€4,500) for a night in Los Angeles' exclusive Chateau Marmont Hotel last Saturday to secretly discuss his future with Bosworth.
And he told British newspaper The Sun she had agreed to give their relationship a second chance.
He says, "Nobody knows about us yet. We are doing our best but we're taking it very slowly and very carefully to see if we can make it.
"Tonight will be our last night together before Kate leaves for filming. She'll be gone for 10 days so we are going to spend the evening together with a video and a meal."
A close friend adds: "Orlando's determined to keep Kate this time. He got swallowed up in Hollywood life but finally realised nothing makes him happier than Kate."
The Depp threat
A source close to Kate Bosworth told Star magazine that the actress broke it off with her English beau, Orlando Bloom, because he told her they'd have to postpone their wedding plans until after he finished shooting the sequel to "Pirates of the Caribbean." A furious Kate reportedly told Orlando, "It's Johnny Depp or me!" Needless to say, career-minded Orlando chose Depp. According to the source, Kate told Orlando she'd waited long enough for him and gave him his walking papers.
Orlando Bloom Steamy Scenes in Kingdom of Heaven
Orlando Bloom gets all hot and bothered in the forthcoming "Kingdom of Heaven."
Kingdom of Heaven is an epic adventure about a common man who finds himself thrust into a decades-long war. A stranger in a strange land, he serves a doomed king, falls in love with an exotic and forbidden queen, and rises to knighthood. Ultimately, he must protect the people of Jerusalem from overwhelming forces – while striving to keep a fragile peace. From Ridley Scott, the master of the modern epic.
Orlando Bloom stars as a 12th Century commoner who finds himself thrust into a decades-long war, in Kingdom of Heaven.
Orlando Bloom:Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
From elves to pirates, American soldiers to Australian criminals, Orlando Bloom has played all sorts in a career that really began only two years ago. With Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Bloom trades his bow and arrow for a sword and joins Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley on the old fashioned swashbuckler tale.
Bloom plays a blacksmith whose love interest (Knightley) is kidnapped by the evil pirates. So, he enlists the help of eccentric pirate Jack Sparrow (Depp) to rescue her. Depp almost steals the whole show with his staggering, wide-eyed bum of a pirate, but Bloom holds his own in a swordfight with Depp, and playing the buddy banter as they pursue the pirates.
Bloom will next appear in Troy, the film of The Iliad, and he has Ned Kelly and The Calcium Kid still to come out this year.
But Pirates is a solid show to tide the fans over, especially when Bloom impersonates Johnny Depp’s character and his crazy mannerisms.
What did Johnny Depp think of your impression of him? I don’t know if he’s seen it, but we talked about it because we are flying over Saint Vincent together. And I was like, “I really with I was doing what you’re doing. And I would love to do an impression.” And he was like, “You should do that, it would be great.” Jerry [Bruckheimer] was on the flight as well, and he was like, “Yeah, we’ll work that in. Okay!” And it was cool.. It was fun to do it.
How did you develop it? It was pretty straight. Johnny does this [demonstrates], he’s got this thing, and he had this whole movement, so I did a lot of stuff with him and just watched him and tried to do it.
Did you hang onto the sail yourself, or were you in a special rig? There was a rig. They swung me out there. I was there hanging, but I had something attached like a harness.
What was the most dangerous situation you were in? That was pretty uncomfortable. I’m not sure how dangerous it was because I was rigged, but it was really uncomfortable. You know when I am standing up and I say, “I am Will Turner” and stuff, that was kind of [dangerous] because I could have fallen back into the sea, and I wasn’t rigged there, and it was wet and slippery.
Are these three epics, Rings, Pirates and Troy, are there a lot of similarities or more differences? They are big movies. There is something about being on a big movie set, but no, every film is an individual, every film is completely different, you can’t really compare.
Was it a goal to do these swords of swordplay movies? No, I’ve chosen the work. It kind of happened for me, and I feel really grateful for it. I haven’t made a conscious effort to get involved with that. I have just responded to the material. I mean, Lord of the Rings was a no brainer. It was the first project I got out of school, and it was like okay, great, what an opportunity, are you crazy. But Black Hawk Down was to work under Ridley. Ned Kelley is a smaller kind of film really and Calcium Kid is a small British film.
Have you ever been on the Disneyland ride? No, I hope I can get back for the premiere. I have to leave unfortunately.
How did sword fighting compare to archery? It was a lot harder. There are a lot more moves. There’s a lot more to learn. That was a huge sequence, particularly that opening sequence. I was quite intimidated by the whole idea of having to do that. I wasn’t too intimidated because I had had the experience on Rings, so I knew that you break all fights down into sections and that’s how it works.
Are you open for a Pirates sequel? Yeah, I had to sign off for a sequel. That was part of the deal.
Have you done reshoots for Return of the King? Yes, I have. Pete wanted to do something with Leggy that he had kind of done in the first two. I had these little moments when I am running over the back of the cave troll, or in the second one, sliding down the stairs. He had an idea that he wanted to combine all of that and create a really great moment for Leggy. So we shot that.
What do you think is your greatest strength? I try to keep it very truthful. I try to play the human element of the character. I am 26. I am figuring that out. It could go completely different.
Are you ever overwhelmed by your success? I still can’t believe it. It is weird time for me right now. I am kind of trying to figure it out. I feel really lucky for the opportunity to work. That is all I really ever wanted to do. That’s the hard thing when you start to live the dream, it’s not quite what you thought it was because there is a lot of overwhelming stuff that comes on top of it and you have to figure it all out. I wish I could just be in the movies and still enjoy everything else. And everything else starts to become slightly overwhelming in some ways. So it is just an adjustment.
Do you embrace your heartthrob status? The heartthrob status thing is only really recently becoming more apparent to me. I hope it won’t stop me from making more interesting choices and that’s what I intend to try and do. I feel like there’s a certain rite of passage, you have to create yourself. You have to create a bit of like Johnny did with 21 Jump Street. He kind of created that without necessarily intending to, he just wanted to work, he created a heartthrob status which led him to do whatever he liked. I hope I get the same opportunity.
Are you dating Kate Bosworth? It’s something that I wouldn’t talk about it because that side of my life, there are certain areas that you go, “Okay, I can talk about this because it’s work and stuff, but you know, the rest of it is stuff that isn’t really stuff I want to go into.”
I was only going to ask you does it ever hit you that you are with a girl that most guys have a crush on? I felt really lucky. I love women, I grew up with my mom and my sisters. I just don’t talk about it because it’s something that you go, “You know what? At a certain point there is a line where you just don’t cross over.” I mean, I get to work with Keira [Knightley] in this movie. To answer your question, do I feel grateful to be around beautiful women? Of course I do, I am a guy. All guys love beautiful women. And I get to work with Diane Kruger in Troy, Liv Tyler in Rings, with Cate Blanchett. For sure, beautiful women are amazing.
What do you do in your time off? I don’t have much time off, and when I do get time off, I try to just enjoy hanging out with my friends, hanging out with my family. Catch up on movies, read some books, listen to some new music. When you go away to work, for me I have been going to locations which sometimes have been in the back end of beyond and you don’t get access to the stuff that you do when you’re at home. So, I try to catch up on things I have missed out on. A lot of that is just spending time with people though that are important to me.
Is there any magic element to Troy? It’s classic, epic drama. Very dramatic.
Orlando & Chad Go Shirtless
We've had Paris Hilton and Jasmin St. Claire for most of the boys and a few girls today, lets turn to Orlando Bloom and Chad Michael Murray for most the girls and a few guys to even out the scales in the balance of fair sexism and equal-orientation drooling. New shots have emerged of these two guys in "Kingdom of Heaven" and "House of Wax" today showing off what many consider their best assets - their chests.
There's something almost creepy when you start to consider the similarities of these two - aside from the fact they're in competing Summer movies opening on the same day (May 6th). Think about it - both of these guys are 20-something, rake thin, bare-chested, big bulged, very big nippled pin-up boys that were both involved in accidents in their youth that required either severe hospitalisation or plastic surgery (look carefully, you'll see the scars).
On top of that the readers of Seventeen and pretty much everyone in West Hollywood has had at least one sex dream about them, and they've both had to put on about 10-15 pounds of muscle for their roles in these films. Finally, both are also being used to essentially draw in the young female audience which would normally not even bother with either a Crusades epic or horror remake. Wacky times we live in.
Anyway the "Kingdom" shot shows a love scene between Bloom and Eva Green, and a photo which finally dispels those rumours that the English actor would have to sport a 'chest wig' to appear more manly. The "Wax" is one of several wallpapers now up on the official site and whilst Chad's one is purely designed for titilation, it seems odd that female lead Elisha Cuthbert is shown only in frumpy and dirty clothes.