Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom is excited with his turn as Legolas in the upcoming film, The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug. The 36-year-old actor talks about the film, his character of Legolas and more.
How did you find out that Legolas would be back for The Hobbit movie and what were your thoughts at the time?
I had been in communication with (director) Peter Jackson. He said, ‘Listen, we have this idea of ‘Leggy’ coming back. This is what we’re thinking. What do you think?’ And I said, ‘Of course.’ I love the character, I love Peter Jackson, and I love New Zealand. So I said, ‘Yeah, great.’ I jumped in with a leap of faith and am really excited.
The Hobbit is a prequel to the Lord Of The Rings series and it's about the escapades of Frodo's uncle Bilbo Baggins.
What was it like to go down to New Zealand and get refitted with Legolas’ ears and wig?
It was wonderful shooting in New Zealand. And, obviously getting the ears on, the wig and costume and all of that stuff played into the character.
Will Legolas have crazy stunts in this movie like he has had in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy?
Yeah, he’s got some pretty cool moments. Pete’s good with that. He knows what each character needs in terms of moments to play out, and I think that’s part of who Leggy is. He’s a great character. He comes in and doesn’t say much and pulls some cool moves and takes care of business. It’s a simple but effective plan.