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Orlando Bloom on Back to Back Pirates Sequels

Published July 3, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Disney.
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After the success of Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney decided to make two sequels back to back. There’s precedent for this going back to the Back to the Future trilogy, and for actor Orlando Bloom, just doing two at a time seemed like a vacation.

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“It’s not that different,” Bloom said. “Lord of the Rings was my first experience making movies. I had no ideas how movies were done. I thought that’s the way they’re done. In a way, I had nothing to compare it to. But this ties into that really where the challenge is your character develops over two movies much more than it would over one movie. You have to think about where in that development you are. And sometimes, when you shoot one movie, you have to think about that anyway. But that’s one movie. With two, a lot more time passes, and a lot more development happens, so you’ve got to keep jumping back and forward doing that kind of dance. The great thing about working on something like Pirates, is that you don’t really know what to expect. Going to see it, it’s like a feast for the eyes. It’s a shocker.”

Bloom remembers the day that the sequels were born. “I remember being at Disneyland with Johnny, we’re all sitting around with Jerry, and we’re saying, ‘Let’s do a pirate movie for the rest of our lives.’ That’s when [they decided] they were going to do more. It wasn’t a done deal in my head. What’s cool about it is that the talent, the writers, the vision of Jerry and Disney and everyone and Gore, particularly, they took what was a one-off movie, but because of what was already there on the page in terms of character-development, they were able to really take it somewhere, and that’s a credit to the writers and that first movie. If it hadn’t been great and the characters were too one-dimensional it would have been difficult to make more than one movie. But because of what was on the page, it was possible to make it into another movie, and then a third movie.”

And Johnny Depp still wants to do more. Bloom would almost resign himself to continuing to play the straight man foil just to see Johnny continue to do his thing. “I remember watching the first one and seeing what Johnny did and what Geoffrey did and I was like, ‘These guys have freedom tattooed across their foreheads and they’re doing it. And I’m playing this straight guy.’ But it wasn’t until I saw it that I understood that you can’t have one without the other. I am the foil to his. This one is different because its’ a real ensemble and you’ve got Davy Jones and Keira’s the beauty and the sword-kicking, ass-kicking beauty at that.”

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opens to theatres this Friday, July 7th.

For pics, movie stills, posters, trailers, TV spot, more interviews, movie info and synopsis, go to the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Movie Page.

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