The War­rior

Or­lando Bloom’s cin­e­matic de­but was as Elf Le­go­las in the first Lord Of The Rings film

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - The hobbit -

You’ve been with Le­go­las a long time. How does that feel?

End of an era! Le­go­las is prob­a­bly the defin­ing character of my ca­reer to date. He was the first role that I got to play; those two years post drama school, liv­ing in New Zealand, were mas­sive for me. To have the op­por­tu­nity to play Tolkien’s character at the ten­der age of 21 – I took that re­spon­si­bil­ity se­ri­ously. And to come back to play the character in The Hob­bit was a great hon­our and priv­i­lege. It was quite lib­er­at­ing be­cause his jour­ney isn’t writ­ten about in The Hob­bit as such. We were able to play with the idea of who the character was.

Were you ever in doubt about whether you wanted to come back?

I ac­tu­ally had a con­ver­sa­tion with Peter. I was like, “Lis­ten, if you ever want me to, you just let me know!” We were al­ways in touch. The only ques­tion was what would be the jour­ney for the character? Would that res­onate with the fans and be au­then­tic to the in­tegrity of the story? Peter was very smart about how it would play out. With Le­go­las, you see through his eyes the jour­ney of the Elves.

How did you ap­proach play­ing a ver­sion of the character 60 years younger?

It was def­i­nitely some­thing that was talked about in script ses­sions. It was re­ally on the page for me – the re­la­tion­ship be­tween him and Thran­duil and the cre­ation of Tau­riel for this story were re­ally in­ter­est­ing. It was all ap­par­ent in the writ­ing, so it was made easy for me. I just thought about what Le­go­las had to ex­pe­ri­ence for him to be­come the older character. For an Elf to go off with the Fel­low­ship Of The Ring would be re­ally un­heard of! So I played all of that into my imag­i­na­tion to flesh it out.

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