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Orlando Bloom says that before entering Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth film realm again, he had to retrain himself
in the ways of his character Legolas.
Ten years after he appeared in the Lord of the Rings series, the actor revealed that he had to undergo extensive training to achieve filming the action-packed scenes inThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Bloom explained, as quoted by Bang Showbiz: “I went back and did some training with the bow and arrow, as well as movement training and horse riding.
“I did all the things that I did the first time around. I spent four or five weeks doing that, maybe even six weeks, which was great because it was a refresher and a reminder of what we had done.”
He also explained how the training was best for him, saying: “It was a great way into the character. That I was still having fun with a bow and arrow was good."
Acknowledging the fact that Legolas was not a part of the original Hobbit book, Bloom admitted he did spend some time contemplating whether he should return to the prequel as the character.
“Initially, my thought was, how would Legolas feature because of course he's not part of the book so it was, 'How is that going to work?'. But Peter had a very clear vision for the world and how the story would intertwine with Thranduil, my father, so it was exciting.”
After hitting the three week mark of being in theaters, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has still dominated top of the box office.