February 7, 2011


A few days ago I sat down with Jamie Bell for an extended video interview as he was in Los Angeles promoting The Eagle (synopsis and clips here).  While I’ll have the full interview online in the next day or so, during the second half of our conversation, we discussed what it was like to make The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn for Peter Jackson and Steve Spielberg.  We also talked about the challenges of motion capture, what it was like to work with Andy Serkis (says Serkis “is the Gandalf of motion capture”), when does he think they might film Tintin 2 as Jackson is now on The Hobbit, and Bell also discusses his work in Jane Eyre, Man on a Ledge, and is he excited to promote Tintin all around the world at the end of the year.  Hit the jump to watch what he said:

Again, look for the full interview soon.  And a big thank you to Jamie Bell for giving me so much time.

Jamie Bell

  • What Spielberg and Jackson bring to the adaptation of such a major worldwide property; Bell got involved with the project through his connection with Jackson after filming King Kong
  • 1:25 – Talks about working with motion capture master Andy Serkis: “He is the Gandalf of motion capture.”
  • 2:00 – Discusses the flexibility of the motion capture process and the long post-production period
  • 3:05 – The scenes were filmed with all the actors together on the set
  • 4:10 – The tentative plan is for Peter Jackson start work on Tintin 2 after The Hobbit
  • 4:40 – Talks Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowska and Man on a Ledge with Sam Worthington and Ed Harris
  • 5:50 – Bell has a lot of films to promote this year, which may mean a short break before his next time in front of cameras
  • 6:35 – Talks about what he expects from the daunting worldwide promotional tour that awaits Tintin



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