TODAY | October 08, 2013
>>> all right. crazy day. orlando bloom , the perfect name.
>> it is.
>> orlando bloom .
>> known for playing ultimate fantasy roles like in " pirates of the caribbean ." he tried to win kiera knightley 's heart and as the blond, blue-eyed elf prince in " lord of the rings ."
>> now making his broadway debut in " romeo & juliet ." we bet you know who he's playing.
>> that's one of the best roles ever written. so cool. you're on for, fiek tlike, the first act and then you're off.
>> playing romeo. was it daunting when you took it on initially?
>> it was. i have told the story a few times. mom likened it to me climbing everest out of the gate without ever climb climbing with obs generxygen. i studied with a voice coach . i never got to play a lead in a shakespeare play.
>> weren't you in the royal shakespeare company when you got a call for a film?
>> i had that opportunity when i was 20, 21, leaving drama school . i was like, let's go. this is perfect. it's the route that, if you are lucky, you get. then i had this ridiculous opportunity in " lord of the rings ." my agent knew it was on the cards because i had a meeting for it already. turned into the trilogy.
>> it's worked out well for you.
>> it certainlies has.
>> very, very well.
>> why did you decide to go back to broadway?
>> this is my debut. but back to theater, it's something that i feel i have picked up a thread in a way. i feel like i needed it in order to kind of feel whole and complete again, you know?
>> there is nothing like a live audience.
>> i'll be a different actor by the end of this. i will be. it's taught me so much. i have loved every moment of the rehearsal process. getting the chance to really speak the poetry of william shakespeare in this day and age.
>> it is a reimagination of the story set in present day but the shakespearian language is still there.
>> it's well edited. it's about two hours. this play would be three and a half.
>> for today's audiences they are not used to in this casa nickelby stuf f anymore.
>> i grew up in canterbury, a cathedral city . i would walk in the as a kid and you have a sense of space and a connection. i can sort of liken that when we are having a good night in the theater and reciting the the poetry of shakespeare i hope you get a sense of the history of the langlanguage. it's so well edited. even if it doesn't immediately tune into your ear you can go with the way david la beau -- he's really done a good way of making this accessible and the actress who plays juliet is one of the most beautiful things you have ever seen. she lights up the stage.
>> she's no miranda ke rr.
>> very true.
>> we wish you luck.
>> you have the cutest baby