Guest Author - Tammy Cordani
Over the course of the last few years, Orlando Bloom has quickly become one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, having starred in several hit movies as well as portraying pivotal characters in two blockbuster trilogies. We take a look at some interesting facts as well as some of the action movies the actor has appeared in.
Orlando Bloom was born on January 13th, 1977 in England. After working in theater, he made his film debut in the 1997 movie “Wilde” which also starred Stephen Fry and Jude Law.
After a chance meeting the Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom auditioned for the role of Faramir in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. However, he would later be cast in the role of the elf Legolas Greenleaf in “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring”, “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”. (Ironically, David Wenham would portray Faramir in the films and the rest, as they say, is cinematic history.) Because of his work in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Orlando won an Empire Award in 2002 for best debut as well as a MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Male Performance for “Fellowship of the Ring”. He went on to win a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for his work in “Return of the King”.
During this time, Orlando Bloom appeared as Blackburn in the action/war movie “Black Hawk Down” which starred Eric Bana, Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor as well as the remake of “Ned Kelly”, starring opposite Heath Ledger.
From there he signed on to portray Will Turner in the swashbuckling pirate adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl with Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley. This would lead to his starring role in a second trilogy when he eventually signed on to star in the sequels Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”. The role would garner him a MTV Movie Award nomination in 2004 for best onscreen team and Best Movie Fight/Action Sequence at the Teen Choice Awards.
Between pirate movies, Orlando Bloom found time to star in other films like the mockumentary “The Calcium Kid” where he portrayed Jimmy Connelly and the character of Shy in the drama/crime/action flick “Haven” which he co-produced. Orlando also starred in two period action films. He portrayed Paris in “Troy” with Brad Pitt and Eric Bana and starred as Balian in the epic movie “Kingdom of Heaven”, a film that took place during the Crusades.
Besides action movies, the actor has appeared in such films as “Elizabethtown” with Kirsten Dunst and a cameo in the romantic comedy “Love and Other Disasters” with Brittany Murphy.
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