"I felt isolated and vulnerable and I just had all this time to think," Bloom says. "I just had time to read and think and I figured out that this moment, now, is when I can use everything that I've done to my advantage, to choose a great project, to do something great and take a risk. I'm looking around and going, I cannot fucking believe how lucky I've been—Pirates has afforded me the luxury of choice, and with those choices comes responsibility but also freedom. I can figure out exactly what I want to do."

Is there a downside to being in Pirates?

He considers this.

"Well, if storytelling is communication, then how much can you do with"—he slips into his Will Turner voice—"'There's a giant squid in the water!'? But the audience responds to that.

"So I guess the downside is just that, well, what is the downside, really?" He looks at his cigarette for a moment and then laughs. "I don't know. There really is no downside, I've got to tell you. It's put me in a position where I can wait and see what happens and now figure out what I really want to do."

Bloom stands up and does another backstretch; he begins to gather his Marlboro Lights, his sunglasses, and his cell phone as if to leave. Then he sighs, sets it all back down on the table, and sits again. Because for the first time in a long time, he really has nowhere he has to be.