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Sunday 20 April 2014

Orlando: I took Hobbit refresher

Orlando Bloom had to get into his elf role once more

Orlando Bloom has revealed he took a refresher course in how to do battle like an elf for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.

The 36-year-old British actor made his name playing elf-prince Legolas in Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings film trilogy and reprises the role in the new film prequel.

Orlando admitted to Hamptons local paper The Sag Harbour Express he did have to retrain for the action scenes.

He revealed: "I went back and did some training with the bow and arrow and some movement training, and horse riding. I spent about five weeks doing that. It was great, because it was a refresher and a reminder of what we had done, a great way of getting back into the character. I still have fun with a bow and arrow."

And the actor admitted he did feel hesitant when director Peter first asked him to reprise the role.

He said: "I sat down with Peter Jackson, and my first thought was, 'This is great!'

"I thought it would be great returning to Peter's world. But my next thought was, 'How will Legolas feature in the story because, of course, he's not in the book. How's that going to work?' But Peter had a very clear vision for the elves' world.

"I also was a little apprehensive that it was treading ground previously tread. But that was only a fleeting thought, because I love the character and I love Peter. And I love New Zealand. So those are three pretty big boxes to check.

"Peter gave me my start in life, you know. He plucked me out of drama school, pretty much, and put me on the map. In many ways, I'll always be grateful to him. So if he said, 'Just start jumping in a circle,' I'd say, 'How high?'."

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