A Unique Position: Orlando Bloom on Legolas’ Ongoing Journey in Middle-earth

Legolas & Tauriel

Legolas & Tauriel

When All Film met up with Orlando Bloom and the other cast members of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies in London a few months ago, we couldn’t help but sneak in one important question to the actor we’ve affectionately referred to as ‘Orly’: tell us more about the Elves and Dwarves.

The question is not without basis. We are quite delighted when we saw that scene The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug where Bloom’s Legolas called his future companion Gimli “a goblin mutant” to Gimli’s father’s face. Not only was it an amusing homage to their amazing friendship in Lord Of The Rings trilogy, but it was also apparently a setup for another blossoming Elf-Dwarf friendship between Legolas’ friend Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and the dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). We wouldn’t go so far as to call it a love triangle but we know there are a few out there who call it exactly that.

So rather than speculate, why not ask Bloom directly what he thought about the relationship? And the actor responded spectacularly.

“It’s a good question, isn’t it? You tell me,” he responded to All Film and admitted,  “I think that calling it a love triangle is a little extreme.”

Fair enough, but Bloom also explained that Tauriel was Legolas’ kin and so he was protective of her. “You can probably read all sorts of things into all of that,” he acquiesced.

More importantly, Bloom continued, the relationship between Legolas and Tauriel, as well as Tauriel and Kili, was “an interesting and clever element to bring to that story, because I think you’ll see it as it comes to its end in this movie, you kind of get to see through Legolas’s eyes: the history of the Elves, and the Dwarves and Men, and in a way you understand why he is the elf that goes into The Lord of The Rings. Through what he has experienced in the Hobbit, he becomes that character. In this instance, he is still experiencing all that stuff, so it’s quite fun to play with that.”

While Bloom didn’t report any sort of off screen shenanigans between Elf actors and Dwarf actors on the set of The Hobbit, we’re pretty sure there was still a bit of mischief that happened during the course of filming. Of course we’d prefer it if all the bitter rivalries and fighting between these two races happened solely on screen on Peter Jackson’s last The Hobbit film.

This interview can be read in full in All Film #60. For more info, read here.

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies panel at Hall H, SDCC2014

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies panel just ended at Hall H, San Diego Comic-Con 2014. According to reports, it was attended by Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Elijah Wood, Graham McTavish, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Luke Evans andLee Pace. Host is Stephen Colbert (who is the real hero of the panel, in my opinion). The three main actors Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage did not attend because of their filming/stage projects.

They shared a gag-reel (which is quite funny, according to descriptions) and a teaser trailer. I’m sure we will get to see them both eventually, but the description for the teaser trailer was massively epic because it ended with a strong Thorin Oakenshield and Bilbo Baggins moment.

(Descriptions by Silas Lesnick of Comingsoon.net via their live-blog.)

Set to a somber musical version of Tolkien’s “The Walking Song,” the teaser is all about building the intensity of this giant, giant battle

We see all the characters preparing for battle. Troops of Orcs, Elven warriors, etc

At the end, Thorin asks Bilbo to stand with him one last time

According to Total Film’s Tweet, the last line there goes:

“Will you follow me… one last time?”

More descriptions from CS live-blog:

Smaug doing a strife across Laketown

Thranduil in battle

Galadriel walking barefoot across a battlefield. She kneels and kisses a wounded, unconscious Gandalf on the head

Thranduil in battle? His Supreme Bitchface in armor, which Lee Pace himself Tweeted yesterday. (Along with the Comic-Con poster released before that.)

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At the end of the panel, Peter Jackson announced The Hobbit Fan Contest, which will give the fans a chance to go to New Zealand. The contest will invite 75 winners (each with a guest) to The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies premiere in New Zealand in November. Go to the website and register!

Some photos from the panel (via Warner Bros Twitter):

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Photos via Tifferini Twitter:

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Photos via Wilson Morales Twitter:

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Photo of Hall H via Lee Pace Twitter:

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The Three Musketeers (2011)

The Three Musketeers in 3D will probably make Alexandre Dumas, père, roll in his grave for the heavy tweaking that’s going on in the story of the Musketeers and the usage of random American and British accents instead of French. But fortunately for me, I got it.

The Paul WS Anderson version of Dumas’ tale of bravery and loyalty is mindless, outrageous and highly irreverent to the original source and its predecessors. It has way too much Milla Jovovich and not enough Musketeers. It also features Orlando Bloom with eyeliner and costumes that are bigger than an airplane, Christoph Waltz with a very poncy wig and Mads Mikkelsen with an eye patch that I wish had been in place when he played that one-eyed guy in Valhalla Rising. There’s also Logan Lerman as D’Artagnan who, in his American accent, dares to demand Luke Evans’ Aramis to speak “in French!” (I can easily affix the word “dude” right at the end there.)

Despite all this, I spent the entire two hours sitting in the cinema thoroughly entertained by the movie. It defies logic: how can a campy take on a solemn story be so much fun to watch? But as much as purists and Dumas scholars and pompous critics will try to convince me otherwise, I can’t help but appreciate the direction Anderson & Co. took in handling the material for the movie. I think I would’ve been indignant and disappointed if they tried to make a solemn movie with full-fledged drama that matched the 1993 Disney version starring Chris O’Donnell and Kiefer Sutherland (or any of the previous versions that had been made before–take your pick, each generation does have its own Three Musketeers). I’d rather not see a diabolical Richelieu from Waltz as Tim Curry had played him because I grew up with that version and I loved it and I didn’t need another version like that.

Or worse, what if they tried to match the book and failed? That would’ve been catastrophic and I would’ve been even angrier. Mind you, this sort of catastrophe had happened before. It’s called Clash Of The Titans. I definitely wasn’t looking forward to see another one like that.

This 2011 edition never claimed to be ‘the definitive’ or ‘the original’ Three Musketeers. Even before the movie was released, it’s already been marketed as a version of the tale that “your parents or grandparents have ever seen before”. It’s made in 3D – one of the best uses of the technology in movies that I’ve seen this year – and it has steampunk influences. Think more ‘sci-fi’ than ‘period drama’ and you’re on the right track. I, for one, prepared myself more for a Resident Evil-esque fare than a Marie Antoinette-like dish so the movie came out exactly as I wanted and that’s how I managed to catch all the tongue-in-cheek humor of the film and end up gushing about it with my friend for two full hours after walking out of the cinema.

It’s a film that I call an “eye candy film”. If all else fails, you will at least still be treated to a highly good-looking cast (watch out for Luke Evans; he’s a far sexier Aramis than Charlie Sheen ever was), beautiful costumes (you will envy the Duke of Buckingham’s collection of shoes) and gorgeous set decoration/production design. The action is fast paced, and enhanced by the flawless 3D, and the choreography fluid and dynamic. The under-25 portion of the cast – Lerman, Gabriella Wilde, Juno Temple and Freddie Fox – are showing massive potential that I hope will make them stars in the future. Fox, in particular, stole the show from everyone. If his portrayal of Louis is not evidence of a great huge talent, I don’t know what is.

I never thought I would say this but I sincerely hope Anderson will considering making a sequel. One Three Musketeers movie where the fighting is done in corsets and fancy tailored suits is definitely not enough.