The trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug came out just a few weeks ago and it seems the fandom just can’t get enough of it and can’t wait for what’s next. There’s a lot more to be had once the film finally rolls around in December of this year, with some scenes that fans simply can’t get over such as the epic meeting with the wood elves in Mirkwood, the rolling barrels in the river that Bilbo and company happen to be inside in, the meeting with the men of Dale and, of course, the fateful meeting with the mighty dragon Smaug.
Then there’s the return of the ever iconic Legolas, the elven archer we all know well from Lord of the Rings and possibly someone that fangirls of the franchise have been cheering for since the announcement was made that he would play in The Hobbit film trilogy. Played by the actor Orlando Bloom, the fandom is divided between whether the character’s return is a welcome change from the plot of the original or if this is another way that Peter Jackson seems to be stretching his artistic license a little too much. Nonetheless, it’s certainly good to see the actor in action again after the overwhelming success of Lord of the Rings after 2003 onward.
We’ve seen Orlando Bloom in plenty of other films as well. For instance from 2003 until 2007, we have seen the actor play the part of Will Turner, a blacksmith caught amid the troubles of fearsome and comical pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean. There, he played as the love interest for Keira Knightley and the occasional ally and enemy of Captain Jack Sparrow who was played by none other than Johnny Depp. He played in the first three films of the film series until his story arc with Keira Knightley ended in the third installment, At World’s End.
Unfortunately for us fans however, Orlando Bloom has stated that he may no longer be able to fulfill the audience’s expectation of what the light-footed elf prince should be. Apparently, he has stated that when he was fully garbed in the gear of the elven warrior, it seemed that he no longer felt the elven spring in his step and that he constantly worried that, after jumping, he would simply crash into the ground and hurt himself. Of course, this may not be all that surprising considering that, despite his role in the film and his misleading appearance, he is definitely not getting any younger as it is with the rest of us.
Except perhaps for Christopher Lee…