Exclusive! Orlando Bloom on “Carnival Row’s” Last Season—and Maybe Returning to “Pirates of the Caribbean”

Orlando Bloom is bidding adieu to another another fantastical realm.

Carnival Row, a Prime Video series that has been available for more than three years and which stars a former member of The Lord of the Rings as Rycroft “Philo” Philostrate, will return for its second and last season on February 17.

In an exclusive interview, Bloom said, “I think we provide an audience an even bigger and greater bang for their dollars, if you like, with this season. “Every performer does a terrific job, and they all receive a proper send-off. Sincerity be told, I adore the notion of leaving customers wanting more.

It doesn’t appear that viewers will receive more in the future, either.

Since we constructed the show from the ground up, I honestly don’t know how we could have done it better “explained Bloom. “I believe that we built out the end of the show knowing that we were locked down for COVID, knowing how much time it was going to take because the amount of special effects, the amount of visual effects, the epic size and nature of the show meant that we knew it was going to be challenging,” the creator of the show said.

The Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF said, “Everyone is appreciative, I believe, that we were able to bring something home that would function in society with true elegance and grace. I couldn’t be more proud of the program, the team I worked with, and all we produced. I’m pleased with every aspect of it.”

See what Orlando Bloom had to say about Will Turner and the “epic” final season of Carnival Row by reading the rest of Parade.com’s exclusive interview with him.

2019 saw the release of Carnival Row Season 1. How does it feel to be back in this make-believe world after all this time?

It was fantastic, you know. The good and bad sides of the COVID shutdown, in my opinion, were that we as a show were able to look back at all the Season 2 material we had already shot and ultimately decided that it might be a great opportunity to go in and just wrap up Season 2 as a finale—a big, epic finale—and add episodes to really round out each character’s storyline.

Scriptwriter Erik [Oleson] I believe performed an outstanding job of driving the point home. I was even more thrilled to portray Philo in Season 2. We had a lot of fun exploring the conflicting aspects of his psychologies, his psychosis over the shame and guilt he felt for hiding his Fae identity, and how he embraced it for this season while also realizing that he must navigate his past in order to try to reconcile these two sides of himself and these two worlds.

It’s a large-scale undertaking. I’ve always appreciated how bold and engaging the social commentary has always been on the show’s lofty worldview. With this season, I believe we provide an audience with even more value for their money. I love the concept that we leave people wanting more, to be quite honest. All the performers do an excellent job and receive a true type of send-off. People seemed to like Season 1, and even if there could be some disappointment, I believe it’s best to leave viewers wanting more.

Orlando Bloom at the Carnival

What can viewers who haven’t watched it anticipate from this season?

We thus get into some detail about the Fae, Philo’s voyage, Vignette (played by Cara Delevingne), and all of those people that are currently: Meeting Philo From an orphanage to the army to the police, he was a man reared in the institutionalized world of The Burgue. He had to conceal this secret about who he was—this half-Fae nature—to defend and save his life as he knew it. He accepts that he is a Fae and is going to battle fiercely for the Fae, but he has some conflicting feelings regarding the realm of The Burgue, his past, and what it all means. It’s amazing because that nature, which we kind of physicalize in the sixth episode and we get to show both sides of my character on screen, was so much pleasure to execute.

I imagined how that could appear and feel, kind of like the Joker and Batman. It’s sort of a true-to-life narrative about how messy humans are, and we see how in order for him to kind of assist bring the worlds together, he has to come to grips with his shadow side. I adore something about the program because love tales are not simple, difficult, and life is complicated. It doesn’t hold back and can truly look at some of those important dark subjects that we don’t discuss via the fantasy lens. as well as what occurs when a minority is targeted by the authorities, what occurs when a marginalized group resurfaces and assaults everyone, and what transpires when life implodes.

The truly amazing thing was that when we were filming a scenario involving a virus spreading across Carnival Row and wiping out the Fae people, we were shut down for COVID. It’s kind of like, you know, how life imitates art.

The program makes me proud. I have a strong enthusiasm for it. I believe it will exist out there in the world as a very, really powerful piece of creative work for people to hopefully appreciate. I’m incredibly proud of the characters and all of the work the actors did.

Even though Carnival Row is a fantasy drama, it deals with many contemporary concerns. What do you want fans to remember about this last season?
I believe that when you consider the problems that arise in Carnival Row and become engrossed in the narrative, drama, characters, magical beings, and Fae, as well as the beauty and epic nature of the sets and the stories, it can slightly prickle your conscience regarding the world we live in and the things we observe around us. I believe that a lot more of what occurs in the world is now visible, in part because everything is shared on social media. So it’s an intriguing look at all of that, and it certainly makes you think and prick your conscience, but it also tells you a really exciting and original narrative.

What has telling this narrative for you and being a part of the play been the greatest about?

In many respects, Philo is a pretty dark and complicated guy, but I also really like him because he’s fighting the right fight. He’s making an effort to act morally. He does, however, have his demons, which we get to witness as they play out in his life, the universe of the show, and his interactions with others as well as how he interacts with his loves and friendships. It’s just a stunning reflection of life and art coming together.

Orlando Bloom at the Carnival

You’re familiar with these fantastical settings. Do you have any interest in trying out another franchise or joining another one in the future?

I recently completed a major Sony game called Gran Turismo, and I also worked on the Australian film Wizards with David Michôd for A24 and Plan B. I made a movie with Pete Davidson in Kentucky. In terms of my decisions and how events play out, I like to be a bit more chameleonic, but of course, I’m used to those kinds of epic settings and franchise-worthy tales. Yet, I’m eager to just carve out my own route, which I am accomplishing and for which I am quite thankful. What I do, I adore. I adore taking care of my family and children, therefore I feel quite fortunate.

You participated in two enormous franchises, Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean. Is there a show that everyone in the Bloom household enjoys watching?
Flynn, my kid, is now old enough to view some of that material. We watched, at least, some of The Lord of the Rings, I believe. He and I watched some of it early on, and I know he loved it. However, he has some young half-cousins who adore the show Pirates, which is such terrific, entertaining amusement. Being a part of this is a great blessing. Similar to those films, Carnival Row comes to mind. Because of the scope of the plot and the scale of the sets, they have the feel of epic eight-hour films.Such tales, in my opinion, will endure as long as people continue to discover and read them. I adore that component of my work.

Which of those prior roles would you prefer to play again, if you could?
Oh my goodness, you know, ten years later, in The Hobbit, I did got to reprise my role as Legolas. This is a lot of fun, I thought. Considering how wonderful he is and how fantastic Will [Turner from Pirates of the Caribbean]—I mean, Will—is—is. Given that Will was such an earnest person, I wouldn’t mind seeing what he looked like today. But, after rummaging about at the bottom of the ocean for however long he would have needed to at this time, it’d be interesting to watch how he surfaces and who he is.

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