2. Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom might be smiling from the comfort of his superstar position, but things were once gloomy for him.
The actor known for his role of Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean series almost died at the age of 21. Driven by the typical recklessness of adolescence, Bloom attempted to climb to a rooftop terrace along with some friends.
What happened is a cliché, one often exploited in cartoons. The drainpipe couldn’t hold his weight and collapsed, plunging the then-aspiring actor to what seemed to be certain death.
However, a miracle happened, and Orlando Bloom survived the three-story fall with only several broken vertebrae in his neck. Multiple surgeries and full 18 months of recovery allowed him plenty of time to get his act straight and never attempt such buffooneries.
The actor credits the incident for offering him a new perspective on life. We are obviously not talking about what he saw from that faithful roof.
Bloom learned that everything is achievable with hard work. He went on and landed his first significant role as Legolas in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”
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