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Feature: Elizabethtown

Dark Bloom

Orlando Bloom Orlando Bloom explains why, following the success of his flashier roles in Rings and Pirates, he has chosen to explore his darker side in Elizabethtown

A happy-go-lucky sort of lad – and who wouldn’t be after starring in mega-hits like Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean – Orlando Bloom has, of late, been exploring slightly darker subject matter. After playing Balian in Kingdom of Heaven, Bloom moved straight on to Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown for more heartache. He plays shoe company whiz Drew Baylor. Down on his luck at work, he must also return home to Kentucky to attend his father’s funeral. So did it feel like Kingdom of Heaven was leaking into the world of Cameron Crowe?

“There are similarities in that Balian is in a very nihilistic state at the opening of the movie at the loss of his wife and unborn child,” says Bloom, a little reluctantly. “And Drew is in a really black place, so there are some similarities, I guess. Drew goes off in search of family. Well, he’s not really searching; he’s put his life on pause to deal with his father’s funeral, and then he’s going to come back to doing what he wants to do, which is basically kill himself.” Luckily, en route he meets Kirsten Dunst’s flight attendant and life doesn’t seem so bad.

A replacement for Ashton Kutcher, after delayed scheduling meant that Demi Moore’s paramour could no longer play the role of Drew, Bloom was called in – although Crowe claims that Bloom had been his original choice but was initially unavailable. Nevertheless, it meant the 28-year-old British actor had to work on his American accent. “I had a great dialect coach and I was doing the accent the whole time,” he says. “And Cameron Crowe is really super-specific and gracious with his time and energy. He really wanted it to be right and I really wanted it to be right. We had a lot of fun making the movie and I hope people will believe it.”

by Brian Fuller

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