Lost Boy

Posted January 1, 2005

How Dominic Monaghan snapped out of his hobbit depression and found himself with Lost On a hilly Hawaiian road, the centuries-old trees tower over the tarmac, forming a green pavilion that dwarfs the Toyota Prius driven by twenty-eight-year-old Dominic Monaghan. He interrupts his anecdote about fleeing from Paul McCartney at an Oscar party and marvels at the verdant world around us. “Isn’t that great?” Monaghan says with a grin. “It’s like the Shire.” He spent almost two years in New Zealand filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Now he’s part of the ensemble on Lost. Charlie is a pleasant […]

Christian Bale Dossier

Posted November 24, 2004

Before he becomes Batman, the Welsh actor literally starves for his art in this month’s The Machinist. By now you may have heard that Christian Bale lost 63 pounds for his role as tormented insomniac Trevor Reznik in the new thriller The Machinist. Best to get that out of the way early, because when watching the film – in which Bale resembles a stick figure with skin – it takes a long time, and a strong stomach to get past it. Bale lost more weight than Tom Hanks (Castaway) and Adrien Brody (The Pianist) did combined. As shocking as it […]

Lord of the Rings Quick Quotes

Posted May 17, 2004

Bloom Think of an elf – lives forever, can only die in battle or of a broken heart. I’d been watching Kurosawa, and I wanted that samurai-warrior quality. [He also studied archery.] By the end, I was shooting paper plates out of the sky. Bloom We’d been shooting for about four weeks, so we were all fresh-faced. We had a fireworks party on November 5 at Pete’s house. Pete lets off these fireworks and they all start flying into the crowd! He was running around like this mad scientist – and people were [screaming] Ahhh! Pete was just standing there […]

Orlando’s Magic

Posted January 1, 2004

Orlando Bloom still blends, especially in the lobby of New York’s mercilessly hip Mercer Hotel, where one would be tempted to hand the young actor some luggage or enlist him to hail a cab. Wearing jeans and a black T-shirt, hair scrunched off his broad forehead, he does not look like the next big thing, and yet that is precisely what he is, a willowy 26-year-old who has risen to international stardom. “It is incredible,” Bloom admits. “I mean, I’m stumped by it. I moved to London, went to drama school, got Lord of the Rings. I never expected this. […]

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Posted December 17, 2003

Whatever flaws I found in this movie (and there were more than a few) I have to give Peter Jackson credit for taking such an unwieldy storyline, full of several different threads built up through the trilogy and wrapping them up so satisfyingly.

Orlando Bloom Profile

Posted December 1, 2003

Currently beating Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in the battle for the hearts of American girls, Orlando Bloom has entered the stratosphere of megastar. He’s sweet, chivalrous, and oh so hot—and he can act, too. Orlando Bloom wears boxers. This much is clear as the British actor stands by the bed in his Manhattan hotel room, wearing nothing but a black T-shirt and blue-and-white tattersall underwear. His brown hair is rumpled. His terra-cotta brown eyes gaze earnestly (Legolas’ blazing blues are contacts). His 26-year-old stomach is lean and taut with a small, inscrutable tattoo. Though a tangle of charms he’s […]

Actor of the Year – Orlando Bloom

Posted October 1, 2003

Skinny’s not the word. Neither’s brown. Nor tousled. And handsome, as a description, really won’t do. Orlando Bloom is thin almost to daintiness but he’s tall, which offsets that. He’s tanned teak. And his cascading curls frame a face to stop female hearts. At 26, GQ’S Actor Of the Year is not only the hottest new kid on the Hollywood block but the boy Bloom is young, rich, successful and – curses – charming, relaxed and scarily well adjusted. And yes, ladies, he really is that good-looking. As I pull up in my cab he’s sitting slouched in the sunshine […]

Full Bloom

Posted June 24, 2003

Orlando Bloom swaps the elf getup for an eye patch in Pirates of the Caribbean. Every day is Halloween for this swashbuckling Brit. There is irrefutable evidence that Orlando Bloom has been Depputized. He wears scuffed work boots, myriad rings on multiple fingers, and leather strips and sundry trinkets around his neck. The 26-year-old Brit has the wispy facial hair; he sports the funny woolly hat. He is broody and lean, with fine, high cheekbones and the caramelized skin of an actor familiar with exotic location shoots. He pulls the Johnny Depp thing off and then some. Which is good. […]

Orlando Watches Fame Bloom on the High Seas

Posted June 7, 2003

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl cruises into theaters Wednesday and provides the rising Romeo with a proper plank to show off his acting skills. “I think it’s going to make a lot of people happy and will put an end to pirate movies that don’t work,” says Bloom, phoning from Los Angeles during a break from yet another costume spectacle, next year’s Troy, shooting in Malta. It may also silence any speculation that Bloom is merely a pretty (face) framed by a pair of pointy ears. Pirates, however, takes full advantage of Bloom’s bounty of […]