Actor Orlando Bloom, 26, never tires of putting on elaborate costumes for films. The dreamy, dark-haired Brit sported long, blond locks as a badass elf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, military garb for Black Hawk Down, and swashbuckling attire for his current movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

"I can't believe most of the opportunities that I've had," Bloom gushes. "I've sort of lived most of those boyhood, childish, backyard dreams [by playing] an elf and a bush ranger in [next year's Heath Ledger film] Ned Kelly, and a boxer in [the upcoming] The Calcium Kid and now, a pirate.

"It's all a bit much," he grins, "but I suppose I'm going to have to find a new character to dream of!"

Bloom's inner child was thrilled to sword fight Johnny Depp in Pirates — though his grown-up side was momentarily hesitant. "The stunt guys had done a videotape of the whole fight for us to watch, so we'd know what we were getting into," he says. "And I'm like, 'Are you crazy? You want me to be doing this stuff? This is mad.'

"It was quite intimidating," he continues, "but I kind of knew that you have to break it down, do it shot by shot. Once you learn the moves, and the more you do it, the easier it is and the more fun you can have with it."

While he'd like to try some smaller dramatic films, Bloom's currently shooting another big-budget flick, Troy, with Brad Pitt. He's playing Paris, the man who stole Helen's affections from her husband, thus igniting that whole big messy war. But don't expect him to use his recent fencing education in this one. "Paris is a lover, not a fighter," he admits. "He's not really good with a sword. It's a whole different thing."