Cold Mountain - the acrobatic albino?

Anyone have any idea why they put this character in the movie?
I can’t imagine he was described this way in the book, although I haven’t read it myself. So if someone has and this character was in the book, please let me know. I didn’t understand his constant nose bleeds, either.

I know he wasn’t actually an albino, but I’m sure you all know who I’m referring to. But he had very blond hair, blue eyes, and the amazing ability to do backflips off of his saddle or a fence, land on his feet and fire a shot with the accuracy of a sharpshooter.

One of the most incredibly over-the-top, out of place characters in a movie I can remember.