Orlando Bloom: Starring in The Hobbit films is an honour

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom admits it has been an "honour" for him to have played elf Legolas in 'The Hobbit' films as well as 'The Lord of the Rings' movie series.

Orlando Bloom says it has been a "great honour and a privilege" to be part of 'The Hobbit' movie series.

The 37-year-old actor was delighted to be asked to reprise his 'Lord of the Rings' role of Legolas in the prequel movies, especially because the elf doesn't play much of a part in J.R.R. Tolkein's original book.

He said: "To have the opportunity to play Tolkein's character at the tender age of 21 - I took that responsibility seriously.

"And to come back and play the character in 'The Hobbit' was a great honour and privilege.

"It was quite liberating because his journey isn't written about in 'The Hobbit' as such. We were able to play with the idea of who the character was."

And Orlando admits Legolas will always be special to him.

Asked how he feels now the movies are complete, he told SFX magazine: "End of an era. Legolas is probably the most defining character of my career to date.

"He was the first role I got to play, those two years post drama school, living in New Zealand, were massive for me."

The British star had told movie boss Sir Peter Jackson very early on that he would like to return for 'The Hobbit'.

He said: "I actually had a conversation with Peter. I was like, 'Listen, if you ever want me to, you just let me know.' We were always in touch."

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', the final film in the series, hits cinemas this December.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/New Zealand
  • 144 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood
  • UK release: 12 December 2014

Smaug's on the rampage, Thorin is consumed with greed and war breaks out. The final instalment of Jackson's Middle-earth adventures features moments of spirited action and some terrific performances, but like the other Hobbit films it pales in comparison to the episodes of the previous trilogy.


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