Orlando Bloom Taking a Break from Movies

Orlando Bloom Taking a Break from Movies
Orlando Bloom
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updated 05/24/2007 at 03:00 PM EDT

originally published 05/24/2007 03:35PM

Orlando Bloom says that after a few whirlwind years of movie-making, he's ready to take a break – for now.

"It's been wonderful, but I'm sort of psyched to do something completely different," Bloom, 30, tells the Associated Press.

The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End star will soon be playing to much smaller crowds: He has signed on to star in the David Storey play In Celebration in London.

Although he's excited about being on stage, Bloom says he expects that he'll be "rather terrified" as well.

"I just really wanted to have a very organic experience. I didn't want to feel like I was in a star vehicle yet by any means," he tells the AP.

But that's not to say that Bloom, who has starred the mega-successful Pirates and Lord of the Rings trilogies, is giving up blockbusters: "I'm looking forward to continuing working on movies and making choices that excite me, and right now that is doing some theater."

In any case, he says he feels that he's just at the beginning of his career and wants to pace himself. "Actors don't really get into their stride until they're in their late 30s and 40s," he says. "So when I think of the bigger picture, I've got a long road ahead."
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