Orlando Bloom’s Legolas returns to set hearts aflutter in ‘The Hobbit’ sequel

November 29, 2013 4:01 AM

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Orlando Bloom’s Legolas returns to set hearts aflutter in ‘The Hobbit’ sequel

If you were one of the legions of female fans who wistfully hoped to catch a glimpse of the impossibly perfect, shampoo-ad blonde royal elf Legolas but ended up disappointed in the first part of The Hobbit, take heart.

Legolas will be swinging back onto Singapore screens, with trusty bow and arrow quivering for the second installment of "The Hobbit franchise: The Desolation of Smaug", which opens islandwide on 12 December.

And as British heartthrob actor Orlando Bloom, who plays the ethereal elf, would have you know, it’s not easy looking pretty and taking down all manner of goblins and orcs simultaneously.

"I've still got it," Bloom, 36, told Yahoo Singapore with mock indignance during a break during on-location filming in Wellington, New Zealand.

After all, it’s been over a decade since he last appeared on screen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In that time since, he married and had a son with Victoria’s Secret Angel supermodel Miranda Kerr (the couple are set to divorce, according to latest reports).

So naturally, did his bow skills get rusty after being exchanged for a baby carrier?

"Yeah, we did a lot of brushing up on those (archery skills). It was great, it was a great way to get back into the character, to get back into firing a bow and arrow," he said.

"The aches and pains I have ten years on from being twenty-two, not too bad, but it's very different to that svelte movement of an elf. It was definitely a little bit of work to get back in."

Orlando Bloom goes back in time to play an even younger Legolas (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros)

And how does his adorable two-year-old son Flynn, who often visited him on set, feel about his dad donning those weird prosthetic elf ears?

"Yeah, he doesn't talk about my ears yet... but he did give me some funny looks," said Bloom with a fond laugh.

The ears, however, would have been the easiest part about easing back into being Legolas for Bloom.

Despite knowing how much work it would take getting back into character and learning Elvish all over again, Bloom did not hesitate when he was approached by "The Lord of The Rings" (LOTR) and "The Hobbit" director Peter Jackson to reprise his role as Legolas, regal elf prince of the Woodland Realm.

"It was a wonderful moment to get Pete to say -- come and sit down, we want to talk about the possibility of Legolas in The Hobbit," said Bloom of the character that was a huge fan favourite in the LOTR trilogy.

"I was very excited at the prospect of getting back into the costume and the world of Middle Earth, the world that Pete is so good at creating, he's really in his element. It's just great to be involved in that again."

The golden question we just had to ask: do those long, platinum blonde locks ever get in the way when Legolas is taking down the bad guys?

"Good question. It does, actually. Infuriatingly," said Bloom, demonstrating his frustration by waving his hands wildly in front of his face. "It's hanging forward and you're running through the shot, then it suddenly blows back, and if you're doing a sword fight or pulling your knives out, it can be frustrating, the old hair."

"But it's a great part of the character, so I kind of enjoy it," he added.

Catch Bloom onscreen as Legolas in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which opens in theatres here in Singapore on 12 December 2013, or catch him walk down the red carpet in Yahoo!'s exclusive broadcast of the film's premiere on 3 December.

Source: sg.entertainment.yahoo.com

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