Former Home and Away soap star Brenton Thwaites has joked he had plastic surgery to look like English heart-throb Orlando Bloom before arriving on the Australian set of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Thwaites plays Henry Turner, the son of Bloom’s Captain Will Turner, in the fifth instalment of Disney’s action-adventure pirate franchise shot at Queensland’s Village Roadshow Studios and locations including Port Douglas, Moreton Bay and Tamborine Mountain.
“A lot of plastic surgery on that front,” Thwaites deadpanned when asked at a Los Angeles press conference how he prepared for the role.
“I went for plastic surgery and I said, ‘Make me look like Orlando Bloom’.”
The Cairns-born 27-year-old Thwaites holds his own in the star-studded cast headed by Johnny Depp and Oscar winners Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem.
Thwaites’ Turner teams up with Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow and Rush’s Captain Hector Barbossa to break a curse that has left his father marooned at the bottom of the ocean.
Thwaites said he was mesmerised by the way Depp was constantly going off script and adding extra layers to Sparrow.
“Even in the table read he’s searching for ideas and improvising and kind of going off script to search for new ideas,” he said.
Thwaites has become one of Hollywood’s top young actors after getting his start on Australian TV series Home and Away and SLiDE.
He starred opposite Angelina Jolie in Maleficent and Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges in The Giver.
Despite being cast as his son, Thwaites says he has never been compared to the hunky Bloom, who was briefly married to and has a son – Flynn – with Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr.
“No, I’d never been compared to Orlando Bloom,” Thwaites said.
“Mainly, young Australian actors that were on the TV show, Home and Away, which is a soap opera I did back in the day.
“Because, you know, Home and Away, they all kind of look the same don’t they?
“Beachy surfers … I had blonde hair.”
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens in Australia on Thursday (May 25).