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Our man does not do things by halves, does he? :iheart: If a project is going to speak of Orlando's own committed views towards world issues and the true heroic deeds of some gifted individuals, then this is it. Mr. Stewart sounds like quite a remarkable man, and who better than to bring his story to the big screen. I'm really excited about this, and I wish Orlando the best of luck in bringing this tale to life.

I Googled Mr. Stewart when I read this. I found many of the links Jan has already given us, but when I saw this picture of Rory, at Wikipedia, I squeed! I actually had to look twice, as he's the image of Orlando. Not quite as handsome, but there is definitely a resemblance.

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Way to go Orlando. :high5:

Sorry, I got so excited I forgot to thank you, Jan. So thank you. B)

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I did hear from LoriV early this morning, as Sonia had passed on a link to the original article in the Independent.

As IF there was any doubt to the veracity of the story... :cheer2:

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The excitement just keeps going. True to his word Orlando is looking for projects close to his heart. He's backing up his beliefs with action, and I wish him all the best in bringing this about.

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The news just keeps getting better and better. In my opinion this is probably the most exciting film project Orlando has been involved with. That he initiated it is makes it that much more impressive.

Thanks Jan for the great news.

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The news just keeps getting better and better. In my opinion this is probably the most exciting film project Orlando has been involved with. That he initiated it is makes it that much more impressive.

Thanks Jan for the great news.

Can I get away with simply saying "ditto"?

And Lena, you're right - he does resemble Orlando quite a bit. Squee!

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That is great, getting confirmation from Sonia and LoriV! :cheer2:

Thank you Jan for letting us know! :iheart:

Kim

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My main question at this point is - how can we help?

Thanks, Jan, for passing on verification from the source.

Krissy

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The drought is OVER! :cheer2:

Thank you, Jan, for bringing all this wonderful news. Lots to look forward too.

I can't wait to hear more.

:shiny:

JessiBear

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This sounds like a wonderful project, right from the heart. My admiration for Orlando just keeps going up.

Thanks Jan and everyone else for all the news.

Debbi

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This world really needs to know stories like this one, tales about people giving their lifes for dreams of a better earth. This is the idea of a man with an amazing vision of the world as a unit, because the environmental issues are not going to be solved if we don't see first how to make the individual ideas, social ones.

Thanks for the links, the articles and the good news. I'm so proud to be call an 'Orlando fan'!.

Stardust. :hug:

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Yeah, another Orlando project in the works. :cheer2: Thanks Jan for breaking this story to us and Ryll for the additional article. Since some of us were suffering from Orlando Withdrawal Syndrome, it's nice to know we might get an Orlando overload sometime in 2009 or 2010. :w00t:

But like most of you have already said, I am so proud and happy that Orlando is making movies that are close to his heart and social conscience. I really hope that the Rory Stewart movie and Fools Rush In get made so that the world can see what we already know--he's a fine actor and an even finer human being. :iheart:

And I see a definate resemblance between Orlando and Rory too. Of course, Orlando is better-looking. :naughty:

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Jan, thank you for this terrific news of another new and exciting venture for Orlando. I am so happy for him and proud of the direction he is choosing to take his career. :wub:

Life is so good!

:hug:

Charlie

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Wow is all I can say. :sigh: I cannot wait to see this develop. We're going to be getting an avalanche of Orlando with all these projects in the works. I'm so happy to see him doing the type of work he wants now. It speaks volume on his character. Thanks for the info. Jan.

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A nice - and self-depricating - interview with Rory Stewart in the August 20 edition of The Scotsman. It includes some more details about the project:

The Reluctant Hero

Published Date: 20 August 2008

By Tim Cornwell

WAITING in the departure lounge in Dubai airport, en route from Afghanistan to Perthshire, Rory Stewart is surprisingly unexcited about news of a forthcoming Hollywood film based on his life. An award-winning writer, former diplomat and administrator in the coalition government in Iraq, charity chief and all-around astonishing adventurer, he insists his 35 years have been more Carry On… Up The Khyber than Lawrence of Arabia, to whom he has been compared in the past.

"I'm absolutely not a heroic figure. I'm a comic figure," he says, as the news emerged that Orlando Bloom – as handsome and heroic-looking as movie stars can get – is the person behind this project and also planning to take the lead role. The English actor, who built his fan base as Legolas in Lord of the Rings, proposes to play a man who used his experience as the deputy governor of Iraq's Dhi Qar province to expose what he believed was intrinsically wrong there.

"I might be better played by Danny DeVito," Stewart modestly suggests.

"I think these kinds of things can be approached quite well through comedy," he goes on, "because one of the good things about the Ealing comedies is that the great, imperial ambitions of the 1950s had a darkly surreal, illogical nature. I'd be interested in trying to get that across."

The Eton-educated Stewart is undoubtedly a romantic figure; he would be well-placed as a Scottish hero on film. From Oxford University, he served a year in the Black Watch. He later worked as a tutor to Princes William and Harry and served in the Foreign Office, including a stint in Indonesia. He has been made OBE and heads a charity that aims to improve lives in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

He wrote his first book, The Places in Between, based on his walk across Afghanistan, crossing snow-filled passes, staying as an unwilling guest of the Taleban and being beaten up at a Kabul checkpoint.

Then he turned up in Iraq and signed up with the Coalition Provision Authority, serving in senior positions in two provinces there. That experience was the basis for his next book, The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq. About two weeks ago Bloom turned up in Perthshire, where Stewart's family has its home, after a visit to the Edinburgh Festival. The two men went walking through the glen, down into Crieff. It was the second time they had met in Scotland; Bloom also came to listen to Stewart speak publicly about his charity, the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, and it was supposedly this first encounter that inspired Bloom to film Stewart's story.

The film project now emerging is to be scripted by the Irish novelist Ronan Bennett and is said to focus on three stages of Stewart's life: his travels on foot through Afghanistan; his work at the Foreign Office; and his aid work in Kabul.

Turquoise Mountain, which Stewart launched single-handedly two years ago, now has some 350 employees and appears to be his main focus. He proudly lists its achievements: clearing 11,000 truckfuls of garbage from the old city of Kabul, restoring some 50 buildings, setting up clinics, primary schools, programmes to establish women in trades and exporting and marketing their products abroad.

Stewart is reluctant to discuss the film. It's a "very early-stage thing", he insists. "We haven't got as far as signing a contract …

"I'm a bit ambivalent about it. I think what my books are really about is my sense, in Afghanistan, of what culture outside Kabul seems to be like for a foreigner, and in Iraq to talk about why the coalition was so unsuccessful and the project so doomed.

"I try to keep myself out of the books, I don't talk about my own personality or life. I'm not quite sure how this could work."

However, "if it was something that was able to draw attention to the work of the charity in Kabul, it would be exciting."

His own role in Iraq is rather like "a bit part in The Office", he says.

"What you notice working in these countries is the amazing jargon of bureaucracies, the water-cooler politics. If you were able to convey that (in a film], get over a culture of PowerPoint presentation, you would begin to show an audience why something could be a catastrophe, without reducing it to saying everyone there is evil, or stealing money, or stupid."

I swear, they're teasing us! :tease:

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Wow, what an inspiring and humble man. It's no wonder Orlando is drawn to his story.

I had to laugh at the mention of Danny DeVito. :teehee:

Thank you, Jan.

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This is really interesting, I'm looking forward to hearing more about this film and also the one about the siege of Sarajevo.

Here's my scan of the picture in today's Scotsman.

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I'm impressed! Seems that Orlando has found a person as humble and oriented toward actually helping the situation instead of helping themselves to more money, fame, etc. Sounds like an absolutely wonderful project and I think it would just shine as an example of what REAL people are doing to help this messy world! Praying that it materializes! Thanks, Jan and Sunstar for bringing this news over and keep feeding us the good news!

Louise

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This sounds fun! The story line is great, but just reading the article, Mr. Stewart seems to have a great sense of humor. I'm looking forward to this one.

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Thank you Jan and Sunstar for bringing over the article and picture. :hug: I am also getting more excited as we learn more about this project. :cheer2: I also agree about Rory Stewart being a lot like Orlando and I can see why Orlando wants to do this project. :)

Kim

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Thanks a bunch for the scan, Rene! I was hoping there would be something like that in the print version (the online version only has that shot of Orlando).

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