Orlando Bloom will not go naked on London stage
"Pirates of the Caribbean" star Orlando Bloom disappointed thousands of female fans, insisting Wednesday he would not strip off in his London stage debut, despite fans` hopes he would follow the lead of Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe.
Bloom will be treading the boards in the West End as one of the leads in David Storey`s play "In Celebration," which opens Thursday.
But despite rumours on Internet fan sites that he would bare all, as Radcliffe did in a recent London production of Peter Shaffer`s "Equus," Bloom, 30, said that his modesty would remain intact.
"I heard what they`re saying. But you`ve read the play. Where would I possibly get my clothes off in it? It`s bizarre," the "Lord of the Rings" actor told the Guardian. In fact, the only undressing stage direction to be found in Storey`s text is a hospitable invitation to Steven to take off his coat if he`s staying. Is it possible that the new staging reinterprets this scene so radically that Bloom keeps on going once he`s got his coat off?
"In Celebration" is a revival of a 1969 play about three sons who have escaped the way of life embodied by their father, a miner in the north of England.
It was made into a 1975 film directed by Lindsay Anderson and starring Alan Bates.
As Bloom prepares to star in a West End revival of Storey`s work, this parallel blankness is perhaps unsurprising, these two theatrical collaborators coming from contrasting branches of culture. The 30-year-old actor has never appeared professionally on stage, having spent his whole decade as an actor in epic films, including Troy and Kingdom of Heaven, with a special line in high-octane trilogies: as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings, and as Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean.