Orlando shows a darker side of himself in the pages of Details magazine this month. In the article Orlando talks about what it was like to find out that a family friend was his biological father, not the man who had raised him. He also talks more about the fall he took at 21 out of a three story window. Wow. Who knew? Here are highlights:
- On learning about his real father:
“Think about that. Think about finding out when you’re 13 that your dad is not your dad. It’s like, okay, take it on the chin and keep going. No choice, really.”
- On his filming two trilogies back-to-back:
“I’ve been white-knuckling it for so long. Between the first Lord of the Rings and this [Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End], I’ve been going nonstop. I would come off one movie and straightaway start the next picture. I wasn’t even really thinking about it, I was letting the machinery sort of run me. So now, on a personal level, I just want some time and space from everything, from all that; from the environment and the phone and the communication.”
- On turning 30 in January and for the first time in a decade having nothing to do:
“Look, it all felt important, too important, but now I’m in a position to—look, I’m trying not to take myself so seriously, and in not taking myself so seriously, I think I’ll be more serious.”
- On his fall:
“For four days I was thinking this was it, that I would be living my life in a wheelchair, and then I thought, no, and I knew I would walk. I just knew.” Twelve days later, he walked on his own, astonishing his physicians and therapists. He still has a scar, a long, uneven groove down his back.
It's pretty amazing Orlando was able to beat the odds like that. He's obviously just as much of a fighter as the men he plays on the big screen.
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