Orlando Bloom Admits Role Was 'Against Everything' In His Core

Exploring the challenges faced by actors in epic films

by Zain ul Abedin
Orlando Bloom Admits Role Was 'Against Everything' In His Core
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Orlando Bloom's career has spanned various iconic roles, but not all have resonated positively with him. In a candid revelation during Variety’s “Know Their Lines” series, Bloom confessed his discomfort with his character Paris in the 2004 historical epic "Troy." Despite the film’s success and star-studded cast including Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, and Diane Kruger, Bloom expressed that the role conflicted deeply with his ethos.

Bloom recalled a particular line, “Do you love me, brother? Will you protect me from any enemy?” that he struggled to remember, not out of forgetfulness but due to his aversion to the character and the film itself.

“I think I just blanked that movie out of my brain,” Bloom admitted, highlighting his discomfort. His role as Paris, the younger brother of Hector and the Prince of Troy, was a stark departure from his previous roles, often characterized by noble and heroic figures.

The actor shared a turning point in his portrayal of Paris, detailing a scripted moment in which his character is depicted in a vulnerable state, crawling and clinging to his brother after being beaten. "And I was like, ‘I’m not gonna be able to do this.’" His hesitation was met with encouragement from his agents, who convinced him of the scene's potential impact, a persuasion he now regrets yielding to.

"Troy" Critiques Surface

"Troy," directed by Wolfgang Petersen, though it received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design, was met with lukewarm critical reception, holding a modest 53% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film's attempt to blend artistic storytelling with blockbuster appeal seemed to miss the mark for both critics and some of its stars. Reflecting on the broader context of "Troy," Bloom is not alone in his retrospective criticism of the film.

Brad Pitt, who portrayed Achilles, expressed his reservations about the film’s direction in a 2019 interview with the New York Times. Pitt shared his dissatisfaction with the film’s narrative execution and his forced commitment due to studio obligations, which ultimately influenced his future career decisions towards more meaningful and quality-driven stories.