It may have been his big break in Hollywood, but it turns out Orlando Bloom didn’t actually get much dollar for starring in Lord Of The Rings.

The 42-year-old became a nationwide star playing the elf Legolas in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King from 2001 to 2003. The trilogy grossed £2.3 billion worldwide, but poor Orly didn’t even get a look in. The actor revealed he only got a measly $175,000 (£140,000) for his roles in all three films (still quite a lot, tbh). ‘Nothing, I got nothing. 175 grand,’ he told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show Howard 100. He’s not bitter about it though.
‘Listen, greatest gift of my life. Are you kidding me? I’d do it again for half the money,’ Orlando insisted. ‘I think there was a little bump when the movies came out… It was like a little bump, but it was nice.’ The actor, who recently got pranked by Katy Perry in the best way, starred in The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, The Two Towers in 2002 and The Return of the King in 2003. They were all filmed from 1999 to 2000 in director Peter Jackson’s native New Zealand.
OB started making the big bucks later on, when he played Will Turner (our hearts) in the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies. The second and third installments were particularly good to him, we hear. Orlando revealed: ‘I was in a good spot. They negotiated pretty well for me to buy a couple of houses, it was that kind of money.’
Next up, the star plays a human detective who falls in love with a wild fairy (Cara Delevingne) in the Amazon Prime period thriller Carnival Row. We’ve got our fingers crossed for a hefty paycheque for you with that one, Orly.

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