To go from naturally soft spoken to cocky, arrogant rock star, Orlando Bloom went back to his roots for some inspiration.
Bloom features as brash and egomaniacal punk band leader The Stain in Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut, "Sympathy for Delicious." Covered in tattoos across his chest and bleeding black liner from his eyes, the "Lord of the Rings" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" star spit and cursed and strutted across the set, screaming from the stage as his on-screen band performed their sold out concerts. They were techniques, Bloom said, that he learned from big British stars he watched as he was growing up.
"The north of England is where a lot of great British bands come from. It doesn't matter if it's the Stones or the Beatles, but for me, it was my generation was Ian Browne and the Stone Roses," Bloom explained to The Huffington Post Monday night at the film's New York premiere. "Oasis and stuff and the Gallagher brothers were a bit more Brit Pop, but that attitude that the Gallagher brothers have and Ian Browne as well, was like, 'We are the best f**king band in the world, and if you don't know it, f**k you,' you know what I mean?
"That ego and that confidence and that character, to me, lends itself perfectly to that character," Bloom continued, animated at the thought of channeling his hero rockers. "There were lines of dialogue in this movie that I was just, I don't know how I was gonna do it. And when I locked in to the idea of playing the character coming from there and in that sense, it really worked."
Still, as he first pitched Ruffalo himself for the job, Bloom wasn't quite sure he could do it. "I would love to get the opportunity to work with you on this," he remembered telling Ruffalo. "'I'm slightly terrified of it, but I would love to give it a go.'"
Now, the audience just may be terrified of him.