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Interview for Australian Sain, with Orlando Bloom
by Anna Whitelaw, Australian Sain, January 2004.
As the world gears up for the final film in the Lord Of
The Rings trilogy, Return Of The King, Anna Whitelaw
meets its two young stars, Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom.
It is two in the afternoon in Wellington,
New Zealand and it is the day before the
world premiere of Return Of The King.
Over three hundred teenage fans have
swarmed outside the hotel waiting to
mob the pair when they leave. The next
day, over 100,000 fans crowd the streets
of Wellington to catch a glimpse of the
pair as they spend two hours signing
autographs and posing for photographers.
At one point, Tyler even throws her
stilettos in the crowd and walks barefoot
along the red carpet.
Tyler and Bloom are practically inseparable
the whole weekend, not that they want
you to get the wrong idea. (She's recently
married her long-term fiance Royston
Langdon from Brit pop band Spaoehog and
he's dating Blue Crush's Kate Bosworth).
Are you sad about the whole Lord Of
The Rings experience ending?
Liv Tyler: It's a combination of so sad
and so emotional. We watched the movie
yesterday and cried for like the last hour,
but it's also really exciting because we've
accomplished so much.
Orlando Bloom: Its like having a huge
Christmas gift at the end of every year
where you get to see your mates and you
get this gift of the movie you've all been
in, and it's wicked. Now that's not going
to happen anymore and I can't quite
How challenging was it to play
0B: It was great to be an Elf. They’re pretty
amazing characters to inhabit for 18
months or more. You'd never seen an Elf
before so you could really get your teeth
into physically becoming this being. Doing
the archery or doing the horse riding... But
I tell you what, man, I'm a mere mortal.
I am not an elf in real life. It was quite a
tall order to assume the responsibility of
that character. Thank god, I've got Pete on
my side and I had a few hard words to
my digital double, to make sure he knew
exactly what to do at the right time.
Did you enjoy working with Peter
Jackson? What's his secret to getting
such great performances from actors?
OB: He's got this whip. Whenever you're
not doing enough work, he pulls out this
whip and goes, 'Here's the whip!'. [Liv
squeals with laughter] He's just a very humble,
gracious, loving kind of guy and he's got
an incredible appetite for life and
a zest for living...
LT: He doesn't have an ego as a director.
He's willing to listen and admit his
mistakes, too, when he makes them, not
that he ever really makes any. A lot of
times, you'll meet directors and they‘ll be
like, their way is the only way. [Peter]
created this world where we could all
become these people and then he could
How are you coping with fame?
LT: I think because it's the world premiere
and everyone knows we've here... it's
really heightened. But, you can really live
a normal life if you want to. Its sort of how
you present yourself. If you want everyone
to notice you, then they will. But you can
also kind of hide out.
OB: I mean, I can walk outside right now
and psyche myself into thinking that I'm not
going to be able to deal with the situation,
but if you just go about your business.
LT: It's like Spinal Tap. It's like 'Oh no,
here they come...' and then they run past
to go to the other band. [Laughs] I've had
things like that happen before.