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Jamie Bell brings 'Adventures of Tintin' to life

December 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
As a young teenager, Jamie Bell became a star thanks to his title role in "Billy Elliott." Now, at 25, he's taking on another title role in the new animated movie in theaters, "The Adventures of Tintin."

A little ship holds a big secret, and the curious young reporter known as Tintin finds himself right in the middle of things.

"The Adventures of Tintin" is based on a very popular series of books created in Belgium. Hundreds of millions of Tintin books have sold all around the globe.

"It's huge because if you look at the facts, you know, 'The Adventures of Tintin,' the books have been translated into 80 languages that have sold over 200 million copies," Bell said, adding that the reader demographic is from 7 to 70 years of age.

"We're talking about a hero on a continental scale," he said.

Steven Spielberg directed the film, with Peter Jackson of "Lord of the Rings" fame as the film's producer. Both Jackson and Bell will be back to continue Tintin's tales.

"There's plenty more books to draw material from. There's plenty more adventures to go on," Bell said. "We've just scratched the surface in terms of the technology. We've just scratched the surface in terms of the characters and stuff. So I think, yeah, getting another go and having Peter Jackson be at the helm of the next one will be good."

Bell said when he first learned about Tintin at the age of 8, he wanted to be him.

"I went on all those adventures with him vicariously and loved being able to step inside of his shoes to a degree," Bell said. "I hope that when young people go see this movie, they can kind of have the same experience because that was so important to me."

"The Adventures of Tintin" is rated PG.

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