Wet and wild adventures on latest ‘Pirates’ set

There were times during filming of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” when Orlando Bloom wondered if a pirate’s life was for him, after all.

Bloom, 30, who reprises his role as Will Turner in the third installment of the swashbuckling thriller, became seasick, but managed to pull through.

“This was one of the most exciting, yet physically challenging shoots I’ve ever done,” said Bloom, looking a little fatigued from doing nonstop interviews to promote the movie, which opens today.

“I think if you ask anyone on set, they’d tell you that making this movie was much wetter this time around,” says Bloom. “There was a lot of rain, huge rain machines and water being recycled and soaking us. … It was very challenging to stay focused and in the moment, but we all did.”

Bill Nighy, who plays Davy Jones, had some queasy moments, too.

“I was OK except one time we went out to this beautiful location and you needed a speedboat to get there,” he said. “The first morning we got out, there was some rough crossing on the boat. And then the boat hit a wave. Instead of going up for a few seconds and then coming down, it seemed to stay in the air all the way there. I did get very, very bad. And I found myself hanging onto a pole reciting the lyrics to the song ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ over and over again. It got me through it.”

Not all the shipmates lost their stomachs. Geoffrey Rush, who plays Capt. Barbossa, says his sea legs were quite good.

Naomie Harris, who plays Voodoo Queen Tia Dalma, seemed the most resilient of the bunch: “…. I was fine and didn’t need anything. Nothing can really prepare you for that type of adventure. I guess I’m just a tough girl.”

But if asked to do it again, all of the actors would set sail in a heartbeat.

“With a movie like this you are always trying to raise the bar,” says Rush. “We knew there were going to be fabulous set pieces. In and around that, the plot is being driven by quality dialogue. I had great scenes with Chow Yun-Fat [Capt. Sao Feng] and, of course, with Johnny [Depp]. That aspect of the film was constantly pleasurable, because there was always something meaty to sink your teeth into.”

Bloom enjoyed the “cool” way his character developed.

“Will sort of embraces the pirate aspect of his character,” he says. “His father is a pirate, and I guess he learns a little from Capt. Jack Sparrow that to get what you want, you have to have a bit of that pirate attitude. That’s what enables him to get the girl and save his father.”

But Bloom also is looking forward to something new. After “Pirates,” he’s headed to the London stage, where he’ll star in David Storey’s “In Celebration.”

“I really wanted to have an organic experience, and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to do theater,” says Bloom. “This gives me an opportunity to grow as an actor. Theater is a different type of growth. I love embracing new characters and relationships. That’s the real beauty of acting for me. And that’s something I’m excited about doing onstage and continuing in film.”

Contact Lana K. Wilson-Combs at www.N2Entertainment.net.

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