Performing on stage terrifies Orlando Bloom
ORLANDO Bloom appeared in 450 theatres yesterday, but he wasn’t in a film.
National CineMedia’ live one-night event division NCM Fathom — known for presenting UFC title fights, pop concerts, and Metropolitan Opera engagements — broadcast a Los Angeles Philharmonic performance that featured Bloom, Anika Noni Rose, Malcolm McDowell and Brothers & Sister’s Matthew Rhys.
New father Bloom — who had a son with wife and model Miranda Kerr on January 6 — spoke about his turn on the stage this weekend at LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.
He’s performing as Romeo opposite Rose as Juliet in selections from the Shakespeare tragedy.
“We did the balcony scene.
It was a quick romantic engagement,” says Bloom.
“I’m going to be running all over Disney Hall all week.
It was just a great opportunity to get creative and find myself on stage again, it’s been a few years.
I think bringing music and theatre together in this way is really exciting.
My mother used to take me to listen to music like this since I was a child and actually my uncle is a conductor in Paris.” The simulcast featured conductor and classical music star Gustavo Dudamel — “he’s quite a phenomenon,” says Bloom — leading the Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky’s three Fantasy- Overtures inspired by Hamlet, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet.
The prospect of performing live on stage while the cameras were rolling, admits Bloom, “terrified me.
But I tried not to think of it.” Bloom, 34, who won’t be reprising his Pirates role in the upcoming fourth installment of the swashbuckler series, appears next in The Three Musketeers, out in October, and Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut Sympathy for Delicious, says he can’t discuss Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, which is due to start filming in New Zealand imminently.
But he won’t rule out getting another tattoo to commemorate his latest JR Tolkien film.
“I wouldn’t say no but I don’t know what that would look like you know,” says Bloom, who has a tattoo of the word “nine” written in Tengar Elvis script on his right wrist, which he got along with seven other cast members in The Lord of The Rings.
And what does he think of being a new father? “I’m 34 and it’s great timing actually.
it’s the best thing.
I can highly recommend it,” he says.