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Orlando Bloom talks on singing, sings on healing in 'Sympathy for Delicious'

Interview with the former Pirates of the Caribbean actor

<p>Orlando Bloom</p>

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom took on his first role as a rock star in the Mark Ruffalo-directed "Sympathy for Delicious," but fans of the actor shouldn't count on him quitting the biz to take on the music world by storm.

"I had a lot of fun. But, no, I don’t think I’m going to be doing an album any time soon," Bloom said at Sundance this week, where the film premiered.

The 33-year-old English cited the Stone Roses' Ian Brown and the Gallagher brothers from Oasis as his inspiration for this role as The Stain in "Sympathy," who, as previously reported, is the fame-whoring, self-important frontman of the band in the film. He takes in main character Dean -- aka Delicious D (Chris Thornton) who can heal people with his hands -- as part of the band in an attempt to rake in publicity.

"I just felt like he could be a really belligerent, egotistical, narcissistic rock star if I placed him in the north of England… no offense.to people in the north of England," he said. "But it just worked really well."

Bloom had a little help from Cedric Bixler from the Mars Volta on singing tips, and it shows: the performance in the film is hyperbolic, borderline operatic. First-time director Ruffalo was a patient director, Bloom said, as "it was amazing to be directed by an actor. Mark’s so sensitive to the process. I was terrified about how to say some of the lines that had been beautifully crafted for the character of The Stain, like 'I am the Lord by wad of cum.'"

Beautiful, yes.

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Katie Hasty
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After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.
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