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Do you know who's playing the iconic role of Tintin, the intrepid, boyish reporter who has mirrored countless dreams of adventure?
The filmmakers behind the upcoming animated feature Adventures of Tintin chose Jamie Bell! “Jamie’s performance in Billy Elliot was astonishing to me, not just the subtlety of his acting, but the tremendous physical performance he gave,” Steven Spielberg, the film's director notes. “Peter and I both thought he had all the right qualities for Tintin.” Peter Jackson is the producer of the movie.
Growing up in England, Bell had been a Tintin fan since childhood. “There’s something about Hergé’s art that leaves an imprint on you. It’s unforgettable,” he muses. But now, he had the chance to imprint the character with tangible, human emotions and that thrilled him.
Screenwriter Joe Cornish says that Bell captures Tintin in the mold of the classic Spielberg Everyman – an ordinary kid who finds how extraordinary he can be when life demands it. “To me, he’s like a child’s idea of what it’s like to be a teenager,” Cornish says. “He can do amazing things, yet he maintains an innocence and an insatiable curiosity about the world, a sense that he’s looking for a way to do the right thing in any situation. You feel like anyone can aspire to be Tintin because all you need is the knowledge, the interest and the pureness of heart that takes him through these adventures.”
Though Hergé often ascribed thought bubbles to Tintin’s canine friend, Spielberg felt they could bring Snowy to life in a richly expressive way without that textual effect. “I think sometimes Tintin makes a great sidekick to Snowy, rather than the other way around,” Steven Spielberg remarks of the much-loved character. “But we decided that if there’s any reality to Tintin at all, it’s that the dog doesn’t talk.”
Released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp., The Adventures of Tintin is showing on November 30.