Jamie Bell enjoyed Tintin 'challenge'

October 25th, 2011

Jamie Bell found there were "lots of challenges" voicing the titular character in 'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn'.

The 25-year-old English actor thinks being European played a "big part" in him getting the role in the movie - which was shot using motion capture technology - but he struggled to get the Belgian character's voice right during filming in the mornings.

He said: "There is a level of anonymity that comes with this role. It's not me. I can still walk down the street.

"There are elements of me, the way I raise my eyebrow, but you still have to know Jamie Bell very well to recognise me. It is the spirit of me, it is the emotionality of me.

"But being the lead in a Spielberg movie and still being able to walk down the street after it comes out is really amazing. It's a gift.

"But there were lots of challenges still. Pitching up the voice and getting it right. Especially in the morning, Tintin just didn't work. I was a far too gruff Northern Englishman.

"Having an understanding of the Tintin universe helped. Being European was also a big part in getting the role.

"The youthfulness with a bit of wisdom behind it, I think I still managed to play that quite well."

Jamie is surprised to still be acting 10 years after his Best Actor BAFTA for starring as the titular character in 'Billy Elliot', but he admitted now is a "great time" to be an English actor in the US.

He added in an interview with The Sun newspaper: "I'm still working, thank God. Touch wood. I didn't think I'd still be acting ten years after the BAFTA. I don't think anyone expected it.

"Now there are tons of English actors over in LA. We are all part of the same team. It is a great time to be an Anglo actor. We are getting a lot of work, we are stealing it from them. It's great.

"There is some really great work which is getting done. It is a great time to be from this part of the world."

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