'Rings,' 'Pirates' thesp clear on career goals

Orlando Bloom’s friends may call him O.B., but after his first three films grossed over $2.3 billion worldwide at the box office, Hollywood has labeled him B.O. gold.

That kind of success portends well for the 26-year-old thesp, but such expectations do not come without worry. “It’s intimidating to try to live up to something of that magnitude,” he says. “But I feel clear in my own head as to what I want to do..”

Bloom feels most fortunate, given that he was an unknown actor plucked from his final week of London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama by Peter Jackson and offered the role of Legolas in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

With the success of the first two “Rings” films, this summer’s blockbuster “The Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl” and the upcoming release of four films within the year including the highly anticipated conclusion to the Tolkien trilogy “The Return of the King,” Bloom finds his career path becoming firmer.

“I think that Robert De Niro said ‘Talent is in the choices,'” he says. “Opportunities and choices are what it’s all about in the end. I’d like to think that I have that potential.”

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