A British Star In Full Bloom

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ELF KICK: Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom is multitasking. He chomps his way through a green apple, then flosses his teeth and flirts with a makeup artist — all while philosophizing about his "craft," noting the absence of reality in an actor's life and lamenting the homesickness that can hit, even here in sunny Malta, where he's filming Troy — Wolfgang Petersen's adaptation of the Iliad. Mid-floss, Bloom pauses, cocks his head, smiles and says: "But I'm 26. I'm in the prime of my life. What do I have to complain about?"

Not much. No star is rising faster than his. Of course...

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