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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  • jmin

    Thanks for another great in-depth interview.

    In your ‘about’ page for collider.com, I think you should include young women too because it’s not like it’s just young men who are interested in your content.

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  • J.P.

    Steve: “Jane Eyre” is pronounced as “air,” not “ire.”

    • Adam

      Jamie corrected him IMMEDIATELY

      • Adam

        Don’t know what happened there– I meant to type: Jamie corrected him IMMEDIATELY after he made the mistake, so why on earth did you feel the need to point it out?

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  • christophercantos

    great interview again Steve! you’re always THE MAN on these interviews! you ask question i would have asked instead of stupid “hollywood” questions from ET.

    i have a question. does this film also use the virtual cam where the director can already see right away the CG performance(the template as Cameron explains it). kind of like what Cameron used in Avatar. that is one special camera!

    • Kevin Klawitter

      Yep. Spielberg used James Cameron’s virtual camera during the shooting process. If fact, it was allegedly during a visit to the set of Avatar that Steven and Peter decided to use the tech to make “Tintin”.

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  • Moe

    The french made a few films of tintin…

  • Kat

    jamie bell has such a strange hybrid accent.