Orlando Bloom on Legolas— ‘I Was So Much Older then, I’m Younger than that Now’

Orlando Bloom Hobbit

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 junket, 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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  • Tim Kirkes

    Peter Jackson did such a great job adapting the Lord of the Rings to the big screen, I think he can be trusted to do the same with The Hobbit. He left out some characters in LotR (Tom Bombadil for one) so maybe he feels in needs to add some in this series (ha).

  • Oscar

    I’m still bummed out about no Tom Bombadil and the barrow wights in the FIRST film, much less worrying about the Hobbit movie!

    Honestly, though, Jackson can do whatever he wants to the story and it won’t matter much. It’ll STILL be a hit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303927158 Richard Heyduck

    The need to make Legolas look younger is mistaken, if they take Tolkein’s universe seriously. Though human characters would appear vastly different in age from the time of the Hobbit to the time of the LOTR, elvish characters would not. Legolas, was already old enough, relative to his total life span, at the time of the Hobbit that he could be relatively unchanged by the time of the latter events. So making Bloom look younger should be their only task.

  • Anonymous

    Watching the FotR on video gave me a great longing to actually read the books. The movies were okay but fell short in some important moments. Hence, I have no specific plans to see The Hobbit but I am sure I will.

  • Katoikei

    When I heard it was going to be 3D, I was like ‘It’s gonna be three d’ (with a negative sigh, as it’s always such a mission to get the glasses and I still think the LOTR should have been done in classic drawn animation). Seeing as I’ve only ever listened to the Hobbit in vinyl and only recently held a copy of the book in my hands, I think I’m going to give it a miss and read the book.

  • Davidzwalsh

    Hard to believe it’s been ten years.

  • Niiskuish

    I think it’s GREAT to have Legolas there played there by Orly. And the “little make-up” is just good too.