'Elves are cool, man.'

Orlando Bloom's acting career took off the minute he left drama school (even a few days before to be accurate). He's had a long, successful career and is probably one of the most respected commercial actors in the industry to date. His iconic performances of Legolas and Will Turner have made him a fan favourite in everyone's circles. Here are 30 incredible facts about Orlando Bloom. Enjoy!


1/30. Throughout the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the colour of Legolas's eyes change from blue to brown. This is because the contact lenses Orlando Bloom was wearing scratched his corneas and could not be worn every day. In some of the shots, the post production team digitally changed the colour of his eyes.

2/30. After Bloom appeared as Legolas, archery became a very popular sport in the United Kingdom. Many youngsters saw him with a bow in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and decided to join archery teams.

3/30. Orlando wears a replica of the One Ring that is engraved with the phrase, "To wherever it may lead." It was given to him by one of the makeup artists on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

4/30. While Orlando Bloom was at Guildhall School Of Music and Drama, he fell three stories from a rooftop terrace and broke his back. Initially, doctors thought that he would not be able to walk or perform again, but he eventually recovered. Later, on the set of Lord of the Rings, Orlando fell off of a horse and broke one of his ribs.

5/30. Bloom revealed that on set Viggo Mortensen used to call him "elf boy", and he'd call him 'filthy human.' Bloom said, "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.'"

6/30. Bloom has a tattoo of the Elvish word "nine" on his right wrist, written in letters of the fictional Tengwar Elvish script, a reference to his involvement in the Lord of the Rings and the fact that his character was one of the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring.

7/30. On 13 July 2009, four hooded teenagers broke into the Hollywood Hills home of Orlando Bloom and stole nearly half a million dollars worth of possessions. The burglars, dubbed the "Bling Ring," targeted the homes of young celebrities.

8/30. He is a practicing Buddhist and in 2004, he became a full member of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist association affiliated with the teachings of Nichiren.

9/30. As a child, Bloom was told that his father was his mother's husband, who was the Jewish, South African-born anti-Apartheid novelist Harry Saul Bloom. From the time he was 4 years old until he was in his teens he wouldn't find out about his biological father, who was actually a family colleague named Colin Stone. When Harry Bloom died, Stone, who was the principal of the Concorde International language school, was finally made Orlando Bloom's legal guardian.

10/30. Orlando Bloom once worked as a crew-member on a ship that sailed to Antarctica.

11/30. Orlando Bloom is not just an actor nor is he just a pretty face. During the filming of Kingdom Of Heaven in Morocco, he saved and adopted a dog who he named Sidi.

12/30. When he was 9 years old, he apparently had a girlfriend who he used to compete over with the other fellows, and whomever could race up to her would get to be her boyfriend. He claims "I wanted to be like Superman and fly in and rescue her. Once I realized Superman was an actor, I thought, "That's for me."

13/30. He performed all his own stunts for his role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

14/30. When casting for the role of Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, it was down to Orlando Bloom or Heath Ledger. Gore Verbinski chose Bloom because he heard he was in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and felt he would be a more bankable choice.

15/30. Orlando Bloom landed the role of Legolas two days before he finished drama school.

16/30. Bloom used to smoke, but quit in 2002, which caused him to start biting his nails instead.

17/30. He is one of only three actors who appear in two of the seven movies that grossed over one billion dollars in the box office: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). The others are Johnny Depp and Bernard Hill.

18/30. Recently, Bloom was heavily criticized after it came out that he cheated on Katy Perry with Selena Gomez. Gomez was 23-years-old at the time, while Bloom was much older.

19/30. The tattoo that Orlando Bloom got on his right wrist during The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) is covered throughout most of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film. It's visible during the sword-fight in the blacksmith shop when Will raises his sword to parry after Jack's "You're not a eunuch, are you?" and again below decks on the Interceptor where Elizabeth reveals she took the medallion and Will realizes it was his blood the pirates need to lift the curse - you can see it just as he reaches to touch the medallion on her chest.

20/30. Bloom gained 20 pounds of muscle for his role in Kingdom of Heaven.

21/30. Orlando Bloom had just completed filming Troy (2004) when he received the screenplay for Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and was initially reluctant to even read the script for another historical epic. Knowing it was being put together by Ridley Scott convinced him to give it a chance.

22/30. 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.

23/30. He used to be a vegetarian, but he had to go back to eating meat when he was filming The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

24/30. 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 chosen to play, that fight with swords, bows and knives.

25/30. Bloom 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.

26/30. During the filming for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), he fell off his horse and broke one of his ribs.

27/30. As a child he was diagnosed as being "mildly dyslexic."

28/30. Bloom suffered from a month of flu while filming Kingdom of Heaven, and a couple of hand injuries from sword-fighting.

29/30. He was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2005 and 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballots. He was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actor category on the 2005 ballot for his performance in the film Troy (2004). And he was suggested again the next year in the Worst Actor category for his performances in the films Elizabethtown (2005) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005). He failed to receive either nomination.

30/30. His first job was as a clay trapper at a pigeon shooting range when he was 13.


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