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Orlando Bloom talks about James Bond and Kingdom of Heaven

by Adam Kane, Wizard News Entertainment Reporter

According to the Dark Horizons web site today, at a press junket promoting Kingdom of Heaven this morning in Los Angeles, Lord of the Rings alumnus Orlando Bloom gave a surprising answer in response to recent rumours that he had been picked to play a young James Bond.

He reportedly said, "I'm not doing young James Bond. My manager, my agent have never mentioned it to me, not to date. Young or old it has never been mentioned to me. I don't know where that came from, but I've never heard a whiff of it".

According to the rumours, Orlando would star in a movie adaptation of Silverfish, as a young James Bond who during break from college learns of dangerous genetic experiments going on at a remote castle.

Orlando Bloom spoke a bit this morning about the two Pirates of the Caribbean sequels that began shooting about four weeks ago.

Bloom, looking tanned and with the same goatee and a slightly longer hairstyle than the last Pirates movie, confirmed that shooting will run throughout the rest of the year with filming to move to Los Angeles once the Caribbean shoot is up. After that he's going back to London for some much needed R&R.;

He also confirmed that they seem to be shooting the two films separately and he hasn't read the third film's script yet. He reprises his role of Will Turner in the sequel and like the first film "Will is the straight man who moves the story forward" says Bloom.

Meanwhile, the Contact Music web site reports that Orlando is refusing to panic about the public reaction to his first lead movie role in Kingdom of Heaven because the true star of the film is its director, Ridley Scott.

Bloom recognises that critics will be closely examining his performance in the film, but insists the pressure's been taken off by Scott, who's made the actor a mere pawn in his grand plan.

He says, "When you're collaborating with Ridley Scott, it's his baby. I feel like his is the top name on the slot.

"Of course, there's a certain amount of anticipation to see how audiences will respond and whether I can hold the screen for that long."

Also according to Contact Music, Orlando has belatedly discovered the extent of his fame during filming of Kingdomn of Heaven, and he's still shaken by the experience.

Despite achieving international stardom in Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean, Orlando only became aware of his celebrity status when thousands of screaming fans gathered to see him in Spain, where he was shooting the period film.

Bloom said, "I'd never had so much public attention on a day-to-day level. I'm used to crowds at premieres, but it was a bit unnerving facing a daily procession of people.

"I kept myself to myself just to hold it together. I definitely felt some of that pressure. It caught me off my guard a bit and I'm still in shock."


Published April 8, 2005

This article is Copyright © 2005, Adam Kane, and may not be reproduced on other web sites or in print, in whole or in part, without expressed permission

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