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THE MOVIE: Kingdom of Heaven

THE STARS:
Orlando Bloom • Eva Green • Liam Neeso
DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott

Crusading Bloom THE CONCEPT:
Ridley Scott turns his creative talents to the Crusades, to tell the story of a young blacksmith, Balian (Bloom) who has lost his family and nearly lost his faith. Amid the intrigues of medieval Jerusalem, he falls in love, grows into a leader, and ultimately uses all his courage and skill to defend the city against staggering odds.

U.S. RELEASE: May 6 2005, Nationwide • Rated: R

THE COMMENTS:

ORLANDO BLOOM:
“Balian is a fictional character up until the point where he gets to Jerusalem, because he existed, he lived at the time and he did defend Jerusalem. But in order to make a movie about this character, they created that history of him.“

RIDLEY SCOTT:
“I think at the end of the day, this is a spiritual journey of a guy who in questioning his faith goes down to meet groups who are warring with his faith and are of another faith, and yet they talk about the same God. But his argument at the end of the day is, why can’t we share the same place?”

EVA GREEN (Princesss Sibylla):
“Ridley Scott is very British, whatever that means. But he’s very humble and very mysterious. He will never give you limits. He makes you feel liberated. He trusts you completely and he understands how vulnerable you can be. He was like a father figure. He’s got so much power and an energy that elevates you, and you feel quite powerful with him.”

BLOOM:
“I didn’t have reservations about taking this role because I knew I was going to be in the hands of Ridley Scott. Also, I was fortunate because I’d done other sword movies. I felt like it was a period I was acquainted with. I had a certain understanding of what those sort of epics were, and I’d seen the way Viggo Mortensen acted and carried himself on Lord of the Rings, and the way Brad Pitt carried himself on Troy. This was the biggest set I’d ever been on, but Ridley made it much more of a personal experience, so I felt very lucky to have that as my first opportunity in a lead role.”

GREEN:
“Orlando was a star before Kingdom of Heaven. This movie will change his image. His image was more for teenage girls. In this movie he’s very sexy. He’s just bold and is a different person, and it’s good for his acting; he’s a man.”

BLOOM:
“I wanted to go from being a boy to a man, but it was also done in a way that was a coming-of-age story, and so it fitted my criteria; being a period movie that I’ve had experience with, working with somebody like Ridley Scott, working on a incredible script. It just fitted all of those things.”

SCOTT:
“Orlando put on 18 pounds of muscle for this film. And I think putting on the weight, he also took on a less boyish look, and he’s right, he kind of grew up in this film. It’s a mental thing for sure, because he’s definitely taking on a massive responsibility of carrying the movie.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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