As filming for the final two films for ‘The Hobbit’ begin to wrap up, the mood can get melancholy as, for many of the actors, this is the last time they will be playing the iconic characters audiences have grown to love. Last week, director Peter Jackson uploaded a photo of him and Sir Ian McKellen after the actor finished up his last day of filming as Gandalf the Grey. Over the weekend, Orlando Bloom finished up his gig as Legolas and appropriately, Jackson uploaded a video to give the actor a proper send off.
Bloom began playing the role of Legolas in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy which began shooting 14 years ago when he was 22 years old. Now at 36, he hangs up his bow as the Sindarin Elf for the final time. On the last day of shooting, Jackson couldn’t resist filming Bloom before he left the set and he uploaded the video to his Facebook page with this status:
A day after saying goodbye to Gandalf and Tauriel, it was time to farewell Legolas. 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. When we finally got the day done, we said goodbye to Orlando, had a couple of beers … and couldn’t resist doing this!
The video is Bloom singing along to ‘They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isengard’, a 2006 viral video that has racked up over 2 million views and prominently features the Elvin archer. What a wonderful and zany way to celebrate Bloom’s last day!
Check out the video below. And if you need a refresher of the original, we’ve included that for you to see too!
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ opens in theaters on December 13, 2013 with ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ slated to be in theaters sometime in December 2014.