Kingdom of Heaven, an epic in which he plays a knight who defends Jerusalem during the Crusades, is released in the U.S. Playing a darker, more grown-up character, Bloom breaks away from his LOTR image. "His image was more for teenage girls before, like 'I am not threatening,'" costar Eva Green tells PEOPLE. "But in this movie he is sexy. He's a man."
Bosworth takes the couple's dogs Lila and Sidi to visit Bloom while he films two sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean in the Bahamas. When finished with the movies, Bloom tells PEOPLE, "I've loved working on Pirates, but I'm looking forward to new projects. When you do a movie that's so successful, people think that's all you've done." By September 2006, although they don't publicly confirm their breakup, Bloom and Bosworth seem to have moved on from their on-and-off relationship.
Stepping away from his typical period characters, Bloom stars as a failed businessman who finds love with quirky flight attendant Kirsten Dunst in the romantic comedy Elizabethtown. At the Toronto Film Festival, a 135-minute version screens, which the press criticizes as boring.
Bloom's first producing foray, Haven, a thriller about young love in Grand Cayman, hits theaters. Bloom, who plays Zoe Saldana's boyfriend in the film, tells PEOPLE, "I hated kissing Zoe. . . I was like, 'Take your tongue out of my mouth, please. Your boyfriend is standing right there'...It's always awkward, man."
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End opens at No. 1 at the box office. "I cannot f---ing believe how lucky I've been – Pirates has afforded me the luxury of choice," Bloom, who expresses his need for a break from films, tells Details. "I can figure out exactly what I want to do...On a personal level, I just want some time and space from everything." In July, he hits London's West End in the David Storey play, In Celebration.
Bloom and Kerr welcome their "beautiful little son" Flynn, the new mommy reveals on her Kora Organics website. "I gave birth to him naturally; without any pain medication and it was a long, arduous and difficult labour, but Orlando was with me the whole time supporting and guiding me through it," she writes. "I could not have done it without him."
After bringing in over $49 million internationally, Bloom's latest movie, The Three Musketeers, premieres Stateside to less than favorable reviews. "Orlando Bloom plays the Duke of Buckingham like a rival jock from another school, sneering over Louis' out-of-fashion duds," says Variety, which calls the flick "a very 2011 take on Alexandre Dumas's classic that feels weirdly dated."
Making his Broadway debut, Bloom portrays Romeo opposite Condola Rashad's Juliet in David Leveaux’s production of Romeo and Juliet. "Mr. Bloom, famous for being handsomely heroic in the Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises, keeps surprising," raves The New York Times. "For once, we have a Romeo who evolves substantively, from a posturing youth in love with love to a man who discovers the startling revelation of real love."
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