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With RETURN OF THE KING, Orlando Bloom solidifies his position as the coolest pointy-eared hero since Spock

By Michael Tunison     March 19, 2004

Among the more obvious benefits PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN afforded him (money, fame, hours working in close proximity to Keira Knightley), Orlando Bloom can thank the summer blockbuster for verifying to the moviegoing public that he is not, in fact, a blond-haired, pale-skinned, pointy-eared woodland creature who can see like an eagle and skip lightly across the tops of snow banks that everybody else has to trudge through.

In short, he is not an elf.

Not that Bloom harbors negative feelings about the exotic, heavily made-up look he sports as the elvin warrior Legolas in director Peter Jackson's epic screen version of J.R.R. Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. On the contrary, the 26-year-old actor credits "Leggie's" distinctive appearance with sheltering him somewhat from the maelstrom of attention that has surrounded Jackson's three-part adaptation, which concludes with the release of THE RETURN OF THE KING this December.

"I was lucky because the blond wig and stuff gave me a bit of protection from that," Bloom says. "I think the Hobbits had to swallow it a bit harder because they look just like they do [in real life]. I mean, they've all got the same hair color and stuff like that." Then again, "I don't think I look like the PIRATES poster either it's amazing what they can do with Photoshop."


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