While he’s not ageless like his onscreen persona Legolas in the Lord of the Rings franchise, Orlando Bloom’s hobbies certainly make it seem like he’s under the impression he’ll live forever.
The actor, who turns 40 on Jan. 13, has proved he knows how to turn any day into an adventure since opening his Instagram account to the public last year. Motocross racing, cliff jumping and motorcycling through India are just a few ways Bloom is still getting his adrenaline fix.
Bloom also recently paid tribute to the 15th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, posting a series of photos of him preparing for his role taken during the New Zealand production. There was archery, helicopter rides and catching some waves when the cameras weren’t rolling.
The actor talked about the cast’s time at the beach when he sat down with ET in 2001, where he explained the reasoning behind their decision to take up surfing on their days off from filming.
“I arrived with Billy Boyd [and] I was like, ‘Let's buy mountain bikes. Let's buy motorbikes. Let's just have something, so that when we have time outside of work we can sort of exercise and expand your mind and do stuff or whatever,’” Bloom said. “But he was like, ‘No. I don't want to kill myself before we even get filming.’ I was like, ‘OK, cool.’ But I said, ‘What about surfing?’”
“So we bought surfboards that day, went in [with] a couple of wetsuits, a couple of boards,” Bloom continued. “Went down and just learned to surf. And got everyone involved. It was great. Everyone was surfing. We had the fellowship all with us. It was great fun.”
While the surfing kept anyone from getting killed off set, Bloom did walk away from the 18-month shoot with several injuries, including a broken rib caused by falling off his horse. Although by no means did this incident deter him from literally getting back on the horse.
“[I] got an x-ray. Got told I cracked a rib. Got told there was nothing I could do, so I got back on the horse,” Bloom revealed at the time. “It's uncomfortable, but yeah. I'd broken my back a few years ago, so I was used to that sort of pain.”
That is correct. As Boromir might put it, one cannot simply talk about Bloom’s affinity for dangerous stunts without mentioning that the dude broke his back just one year before hopping on a plane to New Zealand.
In 2005, Bloom opened up to GQ about the health scare and potentially grim outlook he faced after falling off a rooftop three stories up. “Until then, I didn't have a healthy appreciation for life and death -- that we're not invincible," he told the magazine. He would walk out of the hospital a few weeks later, but with a new approach to being an adrenaline junkie.
“Until you're close to losing it, you don't realize,” Bloom added. “I used to ride motorbikes and drive cars like everything was a racetrack -- it was ridiculous. It wasn't because I thought it was cool; it was just because I loved living on the edge. But I've chilled.”
Following The Lord of the Rings, Bloom went on to star in yet another action-packed, stunt-heavy trilogy. The Pirates of the Caribbean films would be just as physically demanding, containing countless sword fights, running through various jungles and whatever you call that wheel sequence from Dead Man’s Chest.
Of course, it didn’t end there. While starring in the Pirates franchise and afterward, he would spare some agility for Troy, Kingdom of Heaven and The Three Musketeers. Ten years after the release of The Return of the King, Bloom picked up the bow again to portray Legolas in the final two films of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.
In recent years, Bloom has applied his infinite energy supply toward introducing his son to snowboarding and dodging pies with girlfriend Katy Perry. "Being a father, you know, you kind of have a new sense of responsibility,” the actor told ET in December, adding that his “level of compassion” has grown since he and ex-wife Miranda Kerr welcomed Flynn in January 2011.
“Can’t wait to shred with my boy a few years from now,” Bloom captioned a photo of him and Flynn snowboarding on Instagram.
We’ll be able to catch a glimpse of Bloom’s stunt work again this summer when he reprises his character of Will Turner for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.