Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:45:00 GMT | By PTI

Bloom had to brush up archery skills again for 'Hobbit'

Actor Orlando Bloom talks about his preparation for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'.

Bloom had to brush up archery skills again for 'Hobbit' (© Getty Images)

Los Angeles: Orlando Bloom says he did not find it difficult to slip into the role of Elf Legolas in 'Hobbit' despite a gap of a decade since his character debuted with 'Lord Of The Rings'.

The character, which became hugely popular, is returning for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug', releasing today.

Bloom told a website that it was great to get back to the role though he did need some practice.

"Yeah, we did a lot of brushing up on those (archery skills). It was great, it was a great way to get back into the character, to get back into firing a bow and arrow. The aches and pains I have ten years on from being twenty-two, not too bad, but it's very different to that svelte movement of an elf. It was definitely a little bit of work to get back in," the actor said.

On being asked about his son, Flynn's reaction to his role and his prosthetic elf ears, Bloom said, "Yeah, he doesn't talk about my ears yet... But he did give me some funny looks."

The actor said he jumped at the opportunity to return to the Warner Bros produced and Peter Jackson directed franchise.

"It was a wonderful moment to get Pete to say -- come and sit down, we want to talk about the possibility of Legolas in The Hobbit. I was very excited at the prospect of getting back into the costume and the world of Middle Earth, the world that Pete is so good at creating, he's really in his element. It's just great to be involved in that again," said Bloom.

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