Legolas role is a gift for Bloom
Orlando Bloom has revealed that playing Legolas in the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbits films are his legacy.
The 37-year-old actor has reprised the role of the arrow-wielding elf in the final instalment of The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle Of The Five Armies.
"It feels very rewarding," he said of his Middle Earth return.
"I would never have thought when I started this journey at 21, that I would be standing here at 37 talking about the same character. But when Peter (Jackson) came on board to do the movies, I did say to him, 'If you ever want to throw Legolas in, just let me because I had an amazing time doing it'."
He said the role is "very close to his heart".
" It's the first role I was ever cast in and that's incredibly important. And in many ways, it's probably one of the roles that people most identify me with," he continued, joking: "I like to think I've got a long career in front of me, so maybe that'll change.
"But I'm very proud of the fact that I've gotten to play Legolas in Lord Of The Rings. When I'm dead and gone, my son and his son can go, 'That was grandfather who was in the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit' and that's kind of cool."
But Orlando admitted getting back into shape as Legolas proved a challenge.
"It wasn't easy but it was great. It's such a fun character. I mean, Legolas is like the action elf, isn't he? He does a bit of pouting, shoots a bow and arrow or two and then saunters off stage left or right, having taken care of business. And that's a lot of fun," the star said.
:: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is in cinemas from December 12.