Hollywood hunk Orlando Bloom belatedly discovered the extent of his fame during filming of his latest movie KINGDOM OF HEAVEN - and he's still shaken by the experience.

Despite achieving international stardom in blockbusters Lord Of The Rings and Pirates Of The Caribbean, Bloom only became aware of his celebrity status when thousands of screaming fans gathered to see him in Spain, where he was shooting the period film.

Eva Green, who plays Bloom's lover PRINCESS SYBILLA, says, "He's not aware of how famous he is. When we arrived in Huesca in Spain, there were a lot of fans waiting for him.

"There were thousands of girls shouting and crying. He was like, 'Oh my God! What's going on?'"

Bloom adds, "I'd never had so much public attention on a day-to-day level. I'm used to crowds at premieres, but it was a bit unnerving facing a daily procession of people.

"I kept myself to myself just to hold it together. I definitely felt some of that pressure. It caught me off my guard a bit and I'm still in shock."

08/04/2005 17:13