Bruckheimer had ths to say about Orlando, "He probably had the most difficult role in the film, because he plays the straight, earnest, uptight character who, in a lot of ways, is the eys and ears of the audience. I thought he pulled it off beautifully."
"How did you come to be involved with the Pirates films?" -I'd just finished working Ned kelly. Jerry Bruickheimer had actually mentioned it to me, he kind of talked about it ages ago, but I hadn't really picked up on what he was talking about. Geoffrey Ruch (Captain Barbossa in the trilogy) had mentioned that he was going on to do this and that there was a role that he thought I would really be good for, and had I read it. I hadnt, because it was going to clash with the Calcium Kid , which was a film I had already signed up to do and was shooting in London. So I was like, "I dont know, I'm going to be overseas." But on Geoffrey's recommendation, I read the script and it was great. It's a great character for me. It was a big progject, it feels like my first real serious Hollywood movie, where I've got more to do then ever before.
The interviewer made the statement saying if you are going to make a big Hollywood movie, you can't go wrong with Jerry Bruckheimer and the reply from Orlando was that he was already familiar with the way he does buisness. It's very slick, very tight and he does his best to cover evey detail and make sure everything is done the right way. You see the same work ethic in everyone at his company; its amazing and its a trait that gives an actor secuity. This project had the right eleents.
How do you describe Will Turner? - He's a character that really does develope. He's very earnest, very true blue- then, without warning, he finds himself thrown into the middle of an exciting yet dangerious adventure. Will has grown up without a father figure, so he has to look to the role models around him, and in Port Royal those are naval officers. When Will and Jack are thrown together, Jack opens Will's eyes to what it means to be a man. He teaches him that he can't just blindly follow nonsensical rules; a man has to make his own decisions, right or wrong, and go after what he wants in life.
A project like this is very demanding, isnt it? -Yes, but I felt comfortable that it was something I could do. So we managaed to get the dates to work. Then knowing Johnny was involved, it was a no-brainer you know? Johnny is such a hero of mine, anyway. I remember a moment during the filming where we were just sailing this huge ship on the open seas. I looked over my shoulder one time and there's Johnny at the wheel with the hat and the gold teeth, and there's me just yanking on a rope going, "I can't believe I'm doing this."
Johnny seems like such a good person to look up to. -Absolutely. He's a role model.
What lesson did he teach you? -Dont go for the money. Keep it real. Follow your heart-that sort of stuff. It's like, I dont need to anyway. I'm not in a hurry. I haven't made those sort of obvious choices, of doing young leading men roles. I dont need it.
How challenging was all of that swordfighting? You had worked with swordmaster Bob Anderson before, right? It was great to work wit hhim again. I'd done some fencing when I was in draa school in London, bt workin with someone as proficient as Bob is quite a diferent matter. I mean, tis is the guy who trained Errol Flynn! What's so great about Bob is that he knows character; he understands the necessity of getting a fight to look slick and clean without losing the sense of character.
What was it like going back for two sequels?-Its great to go back.
Was it like no time had passed? -Yes it was just like that. I think that no one expected us to be making another two fims when we'd made the first one. It was like, "Okay Pirates of the Carribean? Done." But then the success of it they were like, "Lets do some more." Because of the talent of the writers and the vision of Jerry Bruckheimer and the producters and Disney, it was possibleto do so. And Gore Verbinski-Gore had created a story that could evolve, and it did, very naturally and very comfortably. The characters were really devoloped and it felt like they went on a journey. It didn't feel forced. I feel like Will develops as a character, and I fell like they all do. They top the first fim, too. How do you top that first movie? HOw do you top pirates turning skeltal in the moonlight? How do you top an entrance like Johnny has in the first movie when he steps onto the deck? In the second fim, he comes out and blows a bird off the top of a coffin and then paddles into the sunset, moonlight or whatever.
What makes the two of you so good together in these films? -Johnny's really good and I can be a good straight man. He's just fantastic. He sets up the moments and I just play them so straight that its just funny, because youre not quite sure whether Will is getting it or not getting it. That's what's funny. It's sort of like, does Will realize that he's being compltely screwed around with or not?
What's your feeling about the second film ending on a clifhanger, with a story that wont be resolved until the third film?- I think that its great. I mean I think when Geoffrey Rush comes back at the end of the second movie, its like, "Whoo-hoo! Where are we going now? Back to the Rush." It's the G. Rush exprience. It's great. Its like we're going to go back there, and its kind of cool because you know there is another whole episode to get involved in. I mean, for me, I think that it's awesome. Is it annoying for an audience? I dont know. You have to ask them.
How do you see Will developing as a character?- Well i think he's a bit more pirate and a bit less of a stick in the mud. I hope people see that because that was kind of the intention.I get a pair of boots instead of those little shoes that I was wearing and stockings, which werent cool at all in my opinion. So I got a pair of pirate boots, whic was a good start. There is a dark side to Will that I think sort of evolves a little bit, because he starts to assume this pirate attitude. Its like, "Who is this Pirate?" He begins to develope that real pirate persona.
Afer doing Lord of the Rings, you didnt have a problem getting stuck in another trilogy?-I didnt know that it was going to be that, and I wouldnt' refer to it as getting stuck, not when you're talking about something like this. I didnt know that I was going to be doing another trilogy. No. When I did the first PIrates, my manager called me up and said, "This is goign to be a great opportuinity." and then Johnny signed up and I was working with Geoffrey at the time and he was going to do it, and so it felt very, very fated that I sort of managed to be a part of that. I felt very lucky to do it.
Has doing these high-profile films changed your life? It's changed in many ways. My experience is very different. You know when you see behind the Wizard's curtain? I've kind of seen behind the Wizard's curtain and I like it. Its just less scary and I see how the machine works and it was pretty scary to begin with. I'm growing up and I'm learning alot about my life and who I am as a person, and I just realized that what doesnt kill me will only make me stronger.
How many takes di dthat require? I feel like it was a week or two, but it was hard. Can you imagine being a cameraman? the guy who really deserves credit is not me or any of the actors, because we got in and did our 20 or 40 minutes of being in there swordfighting and it was exhausting, but then we got out and someone else had to go and when they got out and someone else had to go at it and the stunt guys did it. When I was fighting Johnny and the cameras were on me, Johnny isnt in there fighting me, obviously. You fight the stunt double, because he doesnt need to be tortured for that. SO the guys who are really killing themselves are the stunt guys and the camera operator who was in there for like 12 hours a day going up an down and round and round.
There were many night shots where you were in the water, were't there, wasnt that tough for you? -Yes there were, I'm not going to not do a movie because of that. But listen, those rain machines pump out could water! IT doesnt matter if you're in the Caribbean or where you are. WHen its nighttime and the wind kicks up and you're in a wetsuit-not even a wetsuit- it's chaffing and its cold and its wet and youre still swordfighing and your still waiting and drinking tea, its not fun. But yuo go and see it and you go, "Thank the Lord that the audience doesnt know."