Orlando Bloom reportedly stopped his matinee London theatre performance twice Thursday July 26 to tell an audience member to put away their iPad.
41-year-old actor Orlando, who is starring in London theatre production of Killer Joe, was reportedly less than pleased when a female audience member repeatedly used her iPad during his performance.
Audience members are claiming he swore at the woman and demanded that she stopped using the distracting device.
Several audience members took to Twitter to retell the encounter, including theatre critic Mark Shenton.
However, fellow audience member Harry Edwin was quick to point out that the woman was merely using the iPad as a fan to combat the heat.
But few were as sympathetic as Edwin, with many praising Orlando for his bold move.
So at today’s matinee of @KillerJoePlay #OrlandoBloom shut down a lady filming on her iPad TWICE and he maintained character the entire time and that alone was worth a standing ovation. Also, if Killer Joe told me to put my iPad down he so wouldn’t need to tell me twice 😂
— Lauren ✌🏻 (@LaurenHulatt) July 26, 2018
Saw the matinee performance of Killer Joe with Orlando Bloom this afternoon. Brilliant performances all round and well done to Mr Bloom for publicly rebuking the woman in the audience trying to film him on her iPad, and then smoothly continuing with the show @KillerJoePlay
— Philippa Hall (@philippajuul) July 26, 2018
Orlando is scheduled to star in Killer Joe until 18 August this year. According to its official synopsis the play is about “The Smith family hatch a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for her insurance money. They hire Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job. But once he enters their trailer home and comes face to face with their innocent daughter, the plan spirals out of control…”
Receiving generally favourable reviews so far, Orlando is also said to bare his bare bottom during the performance. His girlfriend songstress Katy Perry has shown her support and sat in the audience for several performances.