Movie star Orlando Bloom has given up on vegetarianism after learning that one steak a week will help ease his back pain.

The British Pirates Of The Caribbean actor almost broke his back after a fall when he was 20 and has been battling pain ever since - and when it really started troubling him on the set of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, he went to an expert to see if there was anything he could do to halt the discomfort.

Bloom says, "He said he had been a vegetarian for 25 years, but he went back to eating one piece of meat every couple of weeks. Because of his blood type, he needed it.

"So I tried having steak and I wasn't ill anymore."

08/07/2003 01:50