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Orlando Bloom Talks About Being “Younger” Legolas

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More than a decade has now passed since the filming of the original Lord of the Rings series, however, Orlando Bloom has the task of having to look younger in his role of Legolas, considering The Hobbit takes place much earlier.  Orlando Bloom discussed this challenge and gave his thoughts at a recent press junkie, where he had much to say about the new movie.  When asked how he plans do it, he responded, saying “Dude, magic. Good genes…I don’t know what to tell you, a bit of make-up.”

He also went on to say:

 “It’s crazy, the wig fits. It still fits. It’s the same wig, and it still fits. And the costume, it fit. The same costume fit. I’m not actually wearing – well I’m not gonna talk about it, I can’t tell you anything else.”

Bloom was then asked his thoughts on shooting in 3D and how the technology has progressed since his first time in Middle Earth.  He said:

 “My experience of it is that it’s the same, I mean it seems to be becoming the norm which is crazy in many regards, but I guess as time goes on things move on forward. The cameras are probably getting lighter and smaller, as they are with the RED Epic’s,” he added. “But they’re doing remarkable things on ‘The Hobbit’ with these cameras that I couldn’t have imagined, and [Musketeers] was shot with James Cameron’s cameras, the ARRI Alexa.”

As we have announced, there will be many returning characters from Lord of the Rings that will also appear in the two Hobbit movies.  Some of which are named in The Hobbit movie, others who are not.  There are mixed feelings from Hobbit fans about adding the characters who are not named.  What are your thoughts?  Discuss them in our forum below.

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  • Lance

    I’m very excited about Legolas in this movie! Orlando did a wonderful job in LOTR and sure he will do no less in The Hobbit. I want alot of Legolas in this movie, to be honest. I just love the character! And I’m not that interested in hobbits and dwarfs, LOL.On the other hand, Elves are fascinating. To me The Hobbit book itself is not really that excting and if you  make the script out of it whil keeping only what was written in it you will end up with the boring scenario of constant repeating of the dwarfs’ names and them walking and walking, bumping into spiders and some other personages occasionally (that are not really that many) before they will finally reach the destination. The action stuff will fit in like 20 minutes of a screentime alltogether. So I just love that they are adding to it to keep it in more LOTR like way. So I hope.

  • Birgitte

    With the LOTR movies, people were complaining that some characters from the books were left out.  Now there are complaints about characters not named in the text appearing in the Hobbit film.  If the argument in the first case is that the “world” is denser than the film shows and that that does the story a disservice, then what is wrong with including characters in the Hobbit film that fans of Middle Earth know from other texts are around at the time of the story, even if they’re not named specifically?

  • Kati

    Bring back Aragorn! Viggo Mortensen, please join the cast! You’re the epitome of Aragorn Elessar!

  • Mr. Scrotato Head

    Very exciting news.  But I’m confused by the comment about a “younger” Legolas.  Haven’t read the books in a while but my understanding from the “Silmirilian” is that the Elves don’t show signs of aging very quickly.  Why does Legolas have to look younger?

  • Daviddon

    He does’nt. But he can’t look older, thats for sure! 🙂

  • Gottarhyme

    Well…Legolas may not age, but Orlando Bloom might! Although he may have picked up some pointers from Johnny Depp! Ole Captain Jack looks youthful, doesn’t he?

  • Anonymous

    How dare you make valid and logical points on the interwebs!!!!! Shame on you! Don’t you know that a movie has to somehow follow the text word-for-word, even if the film would then be terrible, developmentally sporadic, and poorly paced? Don’t you know that making films is EXACTLY the same as writing books? Are you not aware that these films should never be designed to help bring a general audience into the world, and the plot line shouldn’t be linear?


    Seriously, Birgitte, you make a great point.

  • kai

    ahaha! it’s like orlando is still himself from a decade ago 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know as they can bring Viggo back, at least for the parts of the movie(s) that cover the time period described in the book … Aragorn would have been a boy of about 10 years old at that point.  But it will be interesting to see if they make some sort of reference to him … Aragorn definitely was present at Rivendell at that time (being raised by Elrond), and “The Hobbit” pays two visits to the House of Elrond.

  • Aerivers3

    Legolas is an Elf and by definition he could have been 5 or 600 for all we know. So making him look younger? Im not so sure that is even important.

  • Evandir

    Its not physical age, but rather, experience age. He may not be as skilled or as experienced as in Lord of the Rings, its the look in his eyes or on his face that tells real age. 

  • Toloo

    You love him lol

  • Hannah

    Hey this is for Orlando bloom you are seriously wicked and you are epic and my favourite actor as well as the hottest boy in the universe my friends tease me cause I have a crush on you lol. They say you are old enough to be my dad as I am 13. I will not give up though not till the very end. Good luck. Love you lots

    Hannah proberly ugly name my friends called angel wish that was my name.

  • Mona K. E. Johansen

    *Sigh* Why doesn’t anyone think of that Orlando Bloom might have grown older since his role as Legolas a decade ago? Of course he looks older! He was about 23 or 24 when he played Legolas in The Lord of the Rings, and now he’s 35! Usually, at a span of over 10 years, one tends to change in facial appearence – not much in his case, but he surely looks more mature now, doesn’t he?

    So now, do you understand why they question it?

    Despite of Legolas not appearing in the book, I am glad that he does in the movie. I hope it’s not for just a few teasing seconds, but that he has a real part in it.

    Forgive me for my bad english – it is not my first language.

  • Mr. Pickle

    I love Orlando Bloom! It may have been around a decade since he played Legolas in LOTR, but i don’t think his looks changed a bit! He’s still drop dead gorgeous, and no other person can play the role of Legolas. It wouldn’t be the same. Besides, elves live forever don’t they? You only need him to look like he did when he played Legolas, which i don’t think will be very hard, considering he doesn’t really look that much older. Please don’t ruin this movie on me because you make someone else play the role of Legolas. And give him a big part in it! I love you Orlando Bloom!!! <3 

  • J_p_ford

     Well, we know Legolas gets at least one fight scene (probably either with the spiders or during the Battle of Five Armies). On the other hand, if you think the Hobbit is boring and you dislike dwarves and hobbits, this movie probably isn’t for you.

  • Melon

    Who cares- he’s fit and thats all that matters