See a whole new side of Will Turner in the second installment of the series
With the help of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Will gets into some deep water by trying to help him escape the curse of Davey Jones (Bill Nighy). Orlando really bumped up his role from the original, and even gets to roll around on top of a giant water wheel.
We caught up with Orlando Bloom to talk about working on the second and third Pirate films, as well as his upcoming movie Haven, coming out in the fall.
Here's what he had to say:
Was it easy to rediscover your inner pirate?
Orlando Bloom: Yeah, he goes from being a straight-laced kind of upright stick in the mud, Will, to becoming more of a bit of a pirate in this one, thankfully. It was kind of like discovering my inner pirate for the first time in a way.
What's the attraction of doing these films? Is it a fulfillment of your childhood fantasy?
Orlando Bloom: My whole career has been fulfilling my childhood fantasies; I play characters that are larger than life - getting to play a knight, an elf, a prince, a soldier. I've really lived out all of my childhood fantasies. Pirates wasn't like living out another childhood fantasy; it was just a great opportunity to work with some great people, Johnny Depp. It was a big drawl; I've always admired him as a young actor. When I signed up to do the first one it was, to be on set with somebody like him, to see how he handles himself, to see how he goes about it, it was a real privilege; you learn as you go so I did that.
How was it shooting the two films back to back?
Orlando Bloom: It's a real ensemble movie so it's not like I'm on the whole time, but yeah it was a challenge because you've got the arc of two movies to cover. You can shoot a scene from the second movie in the morning and the third movie in the afternoon and trying to remember where your character is emotionally or whatever at that point in the movie can be a bit more challenging. You just have to play the truth of the moment and thankfully we got great writers to create great stories and characters and develop it so it's not just one note. 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.
What was the most challenging scene to shoot?
Orlando Bloom: I think the wheel - going upside down and stuff and sword fighting in there, I was all harnessed so I couldn't fall out, obviously. But it's like you're really reaching and at one point, the gravity takes you and you're still reaching, but it's pulling you the other way - that was really difficult. The birdcage was merely uncomfortable; it was like running with that thing between your legs - you're watching for the crown jewels the whole time.
How many days did it take to shoot the wheel sequence?
Orlando Bloom: I would say about eight, about a week - dealing with weather.
Can we expect something more precarious in the next one?
Orlando Bloom: How can they top it? They seem to keep topping it. I'm trying to remember the third one; we're still shooting.
Do you feel more danger from scenes that have to top this?
Orlando Bloom: Danger isn't the right word because it's a set; it's a controlled environment, it's fun, it's hard. Running backwards on top of a wheel was really difficult as it's rolling down a hill, but no danger. What's great about this film is that they did top - how do you top pirates going skeletal in the moonlight and coming out; that's a hard thing to do. But I think the mythology of Davey Jones and the ocean, that tops it. Johnny Depp's entrance - how do you top a ship that sinks down and then he steps onto the dock? How do you top that? It's really hilarious the way he enters this movie. You know what I mean? It's brilliant. It tops it in a different way. You can expect more as well in the third.
Are you taking a breaking after Pirates 3?
Orlando Bloom: There's a couple of things I'm looking but one of them I'm not sure if I'm going to be doing it in the next couple of months or at the end of Pirates it just depends on scheduling.
Is it tougher to wear soaking wet pirate gear or Kingdom of Heaven knight armor?
Orlando Bloom: Wet pirate gear, believe it or not. Being soaking wet is miserable, man. It doesn't matter if you're in the Caribbean or what you're in; the rain that comes out of those rain machines is cold. It's big drops and its cold in the Caribbean if you're soaking wet for like nine hours, it's cold and miserable. That was hard work, dry and hot in the desert in chain mail wasn't comfortable, but I'd take that over soaking wet freezing my nuts off any day.
When does Haven come out?
Orlando Bloom: Oh, Haven - this September, the 15th of September. Thank the Lord! I don't know whether I have to go into it but Bob Yari wanted to distribute it himself as well as Crash and he wanted to distribute it himself so he set up a whole company to be able to distribute it himself. What can I tell you? We're getting it done, it's definitely September 15th; I can't wait. I'm sure nobody else gives a sh*t anymore but we're happy just for it to get out there.
How did you developing the relationship with Keira this time?
Orlando Bloom: I know, can you believe she's snogging Johnny Depp? What is going on?
Was it fun?
Orlando Bloom: Yeah, the first movie was one movie and we weren't sure it was going to become two movies. I remember being at Disneyland with Johnny, we're all sitting around with Jerry (Bruckheimer), and we're saying, 'Let's do a pirate movie for the rest of our lives. That's when 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 (Verbinski), 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 - well, let's make a pirate movie for the rest of our lives.
Johnny says he's up for more.
Orlando Bloom: Dude, I know, man; I can't blame him. I remember watching the first one and seeing what Johnny did and what Geoffrey (Rush) 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 that. This one is different because it's a real ensemble and you've got Davey Jones and Keira's the beauty and the sword-kicking, ass-kicking beauty at that.
Who's sexier, Keira or Johnny?
Orlando Bloom: I tell what, I'll have that squid any day. I'll love a bit of calamari - crackin'. You see the way that thing opens up? Mmmmmmm. OK! Moving on. Yeah! Johnny goes straight into that, didn't he? Wasn't it funny the way it sort of, what did it do all over him? It was weird, wasn't it? It kind of released?
And you can check out what happens to Johnny, Orlando, and Keira in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest when it lands in theaters July 7th; it's rated PG-13.