Orlando Bloom declined offer to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ because of his dyslexia

During a recent interview Orlando Bloom revealed that he once turned down an offer to host Saturday Night Live due to his dyslexia and said that he was feeling “really insecure at the time.”

On Wednesday, September 4, Orlando, 42, talked about why he decided not to host the NBC comedy sketch series on The Howard Stern Show. He said it had to do with being "insecure," his dyslexia and the pressure of all the fame he received from the Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings movies.

“I was just like, partly my dyslexia, partly like that window of time where I couldn’t even think straight and see the wood through the trees,” he explained to Howard, 65. “I would love to [host] Saturday Night Live now.”

“You’ve got to read and then also I didn’t have perspective,” Orlando said, adding that the SNL hosting gig came when the third Pirates of the Caribbean film debuted in 2007. He then went on to reveal he also wasn't in a good mind space to do the job.

“It’s like you’re in a burning car,” he explained. “When you’re in our business, you get into this burning car…and it’s like you’re in the car and you’re like, ‘Wow, look at this, they love it.’ Then you go, ‘F**k it’s hot. How the f** — I’ve got to get out of this burning car.' The reality is you have to be able to get into the burning car, know that you’re getting into a burning car, put the suit on, have all this gel so you don’t get hot and burned. ‘Yeah, I’m driving this burning car!'"

“Then you have to get out of the burning car, make sure you’ve got a support team to make sure that you’re safe and happy,” the star, who is engaged to singer Katy Perry said. “Then you go, ‘Ok, cool, I’ll get back into the burning car when I do.'"

Orlando then shared that despite turning down the prestigious offer, he's gained a lot of perspective in life since then. “You only really live and enjoy this life, this craziness that we’re doing if you can, related to what’s really happening in your life and the everyday things that make you happy,” he said.

“And if you completely disassociate from those things, then you’re lost, in my mind," the 42-year-old added. “I was in a burning car and I just didn’t know how to get out and I couldn’t do Saturday Night Live,” he said.

Although, these days Orlando says he would host SNL "in a heartbeat."

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Orlando Bloom through the years
398762 08: Actor Orlando Bloom attends the premiere of 'Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring' December 16, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 19: Actors from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (LR), Elijah Wood who plays Frodo and Orlando Bloom, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd who all play Hobbits stop to pose to the media as the walk down the red carpet for the Lord Of The Rings Australasian Premiere at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington, renamed Middle Earth for the occasion, Wednesday. (Photo by Robert Patterson/Getty Images)
402341 08: Actor Orlando Bloom, arrives at a Global Green USA's 6th Annual Green Cross Millennium Awards March 15, 2002 in Marina Del Rey, CA. (Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON - DECEMBER 1: Actor Orlando Bloom attends the World Premiere of 'Lord of the Rings - Return of the King' held on December 1, 2003 at the Embassy Theatre, in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Dean Treml/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 13: Actors Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger who is wearing Chopard jewelry attend the World Premiere of the epic movie 'Troy' at Le Palais de Festival May 13, 2004 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actor Orlando Bloom arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 27, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL13: Actor Orlando Bloom attends a press conference to promote the film 'Kingdom of Heaven ' on April 13, 2005 in Tokyo, Japan. The film opens on May 14, 2005 in Japan. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
LONDON - MAY 2: Actor Orlando Bloom has his picture taken with a fan as he arrives at the European Premiere of 'Kingdom of Heaven' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 2, 2005 in London. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 4: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actor Orlando Bloom appears onstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios May 4, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Actor Orlando Bloom waves as he arrives by boat for the photocall for out of competition film 'Elizabethtown' at the Palazzo del Casino as part of the 62nd Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2005 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
San Remo, ITALY: Italian showgirl Victoria Cabello hugs British actor Orlando Bloom (R) on the stage of the Ariston Theatre 03 March 2006 during the 56th Italian music festival in San Remo. AFP PHOTO/TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
London, UNITED KINGDOM: British actor Orlando Bloom arrives 03 July 2006 at the Leicester Square Odeon cinema London for the UK premier of Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Dead Man's Chest. AFP PHOTO/SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 19: Actor Orlando Bloom attends the premiere of Walt Disney's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End' held at Disneyland on May 19, 2007 in Anaheim, California. Proceeds from the world premiere of Walt Disney's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End' will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and Make-A-Wish International. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
TOKYO - MAY 23: Actors Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom attend the Asia Premiere of the Walt Disney's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End' on May 23, 2007 in Tokyo, Japan. The film will open on May 25 world wide. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images for BVI)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 09: Actor Orlando Bloom arrives to the Tribute to Laura Linney and screening of 'The Savages' during the AFI FEST 2007 presented by Audi held at the Rooftop Village at ArcLight Cinemas on November 9, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Actor Orlando Bloom is slimed during Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on March 29, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
British actor Orlando Bloom poses upon arrival for the opening of the photo exhibition 'Extreme Beauty in Vogue' on March 2, 2009 at the Palazzo della Ragione in Milan. The exhibition is curated by American Vogue magazine. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 28: Actor Orlando Bloom walks the red carpet during Burberry Day at The New York Palace Hotel on May 28, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Actor Orlando Bloom attends the premiere of 'The Good Doctor' during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 22, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Director/actor Mark Ruffalo and actor Orlando Bloom attend the 'Sympathy For Delicious' after party on April 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 04: Model Miranda Kerr (L) and actor Orlando Bloom attend Global Green USA's 15th Annual Millennium Awards at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows on June 4, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11: Actor Orlando Bloom arrives at the Vanity Fair, Fisker Automotive, Orlando Bloom and Sebastian Copeland's Toast to the Sedna Foundation held at a Private Residence on August 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Actor Orlando Bloom (L) and Miranda Kerr attend Global Green USA's 10th Annual Pre-Oscar Party at Avalon on February 20, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for Global Green)
Orlando Bloom arrives for the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 26: Actor Orlando Bloom attends the 'Zulu' Premiere and Closing Ceremony during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 26, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 02: Actors Orlando Bloom (L) and Evangeline Lilly attend the premiere of Warner Bros' 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 2, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actors Orlando Bloom (R) and Zoe Saldana (L) pose in the press room during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 02: Actor Orlando Bloom is honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Actor Orlando Bloom accepts the Best Fight award for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' onstage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 05: Orlando Bloom attends the German premiere of the film 'Zulu' at Cinemaxx on May 5, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Christian Augustin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Actor Orlando Bloom accepts the Global Male Star Award at the 2014 Huading Film Awards at The Montalban Theatre on June 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 26: Actress Evangeline Lilly (L) and actor Orlando Bloom attend 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' Press Line during Comic-Con International 2014 at Hilton Bayfront on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actor Orlando Bloom attends the premiere of New Line Cinema, MGM Pictures And Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' at Dolby Theatre on December 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
GIFFONI VALLE PIANA, ITALY - JULY 25: Actor Orlando Bloom attends Giffoni Film Festival 2015 - Day 9 photocall on July 25, 2015 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images for Giffoni Film Festival)
British actor Orlando Bloom poses during the unveiling of his dedicated beach locker room on the Promenade des Planches on September 6, 2015 in the French northwestern sea resort of Deauville, on the sidelines of the 41th Deauville US Film Festival. AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
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