Orlando Bloom: Performing Stage/Cinema Simulcast 'Terrifies Me'

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“I’m trying to not think about it,” the actor tells The Hollywood Reporter about his upcoming Shakespeare-themed event Sunday with the L.A. Philharmonic.

Orlando Bloom will appear in 450 theaters on Sunday, but he won’t be in a film. National CineMedia’ live one-night event division NCM Fathom — known for presenting UFC title fights, pop concerts, and Metropolitan Opera engagements — will broadcast a Los Angeles Philharmonic performance that will feature Bloom, Anika Noni Rose, Malcolm McDowell and Brothers & Sister’s Matthew Rhys.
New father Bloom — who had a son with wife and model Miranda Kerr on January 6 — spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his turn on the stage this weekend at L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. He’s performing as Romeo opposite Rose as Juliet in selections from the Shakespeare tragedy.

"We’re doing the balcony scene. It’s a quick romantic engagement," says Bloom. "I’m going to be running all over Disney Hall all week. It’s just a great opportunity to get creative and find myself on stage again, it’s been a few years. I think bringing music and theater together in this way is really exciting. My mother used to take me to listen to music like this since I was a child and actually my uncle is a conductor in Paris."

The simulcast will feature conductor and classical music star Gustavo Dudamel -- "he’s quite a phenomenon," says Bloom -- leading the Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky’s three Fantasy-Overtures inspired by Hamlet, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet.

The prospect of performing live on stage while the cameras are rolling, admits Bloom, "terrifies me. I’m going to try not to think of it."
Bloom, 34, who won’t reprising his Pirates role in the upcoming fourth installment of the swashbuckler series, appears next in The Three Musketeers, out in October, and Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut Sympathy for Delicious, says he can’t discuss Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, which is due to start filming in New Zealand imminently.

But he won’t rule out getting another tattoo to commemorate his latest J.R. Tolkien film. “I wouldn’t say no but I don’t know what that would look like you know,” says Bloom, who has a tattoo of the word “nine” written in Tengar Elvis script on his right wrist, which he got along with seven other cast members in The Lord of The Rings.
And what does he think of being a new father? "I’m 34 and it’s great timing actually. it’s the best thing. I can highly recommend it," he says.