If there's something about your last day at work that makes you want to bust out into song, you and Orlando Bloom have plenty in common.
A video posted by director Peter Jackson from the set of the final Middle Earth movie, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," shows Bloom, still in costume as Legolas, happily singing along with a tune on his iPad, much to the amusement of the crew, who are enjoying a beer after the end of a long day on the job.
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And why shouldn't he sing along? The song he's playing has made him a pop star … sort of.
Erwin Beekveld, an electronic musician from the Netherlands, created a technopop tune built around samples of one of Bloom's lines from "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:" "They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard!" After a posting a video of his handiwork online, the clip racked up more than twelve million views on YouTube.
Now Beekveld's video has been given Bloom's seal of approval from the set of "The Hobbit." In Jackson's video post, Bloom plays the song for Jackson's video camera, playing peek-a-boo with his tablet as he pops into frame, singing his own lines along with the tune on the iPad, while folks around him enjoy a good laugh.
According to Jackson, that laughter was a bit bittersweet. The notes for his YouTube post revealed the video was shot shortly after Bloom wrapped his final scene for the third "Hobbit" picture.
"What a great day it was, with Orlando battling a serious Orc for all 12 hours of shooting — part of the Battle of the 5 Armies for the third Hobbit movie," Jackson wrote. "When we finally got the day done, we said goodbye to Orlando, had a couple of beers ... and couldn't resist doing this!"
There's been plenty of big emotions on the "Hobbit" set in the past few weeks, both serious and silly. In mid-June, Jackson posted a hilarious video of Bloom, Evangeline Lily, and Lee Pace, all in full costume and makeup, having a blast watching a video of two fans reacting breathlessly to the premiere of the trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." Also very meta.
More serious, and quite touching, was a snapshot Jackson posted of himself with Ian McKellan, shortly after the actor wrapped his last scenes as Gandalf. The two friends indeed look like they've reached the end of a long and remarkable journey, and Jackson said in his caption, "The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I'm feeling very sad right now."
If things get too emo on the set of "There and Back Again" during the last few days, perhaps Jackson can persuade Orlando to bust out some more Elven tunes for the cast and crew. We already know people like that a lot.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" arrives in theaters December 2013, and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" follows suit in December 2014.
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