Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

Tintin, the highly-anticipated new film from Steven Speilberg and Peter Jackson hits the big screen this weekend, and FILMCLUB - the education charity and experts in films for young people - caught up with three of the film’s main stars - Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Jamie Bell. 

Pegg and Frost - whose previous film credits together include Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul - were quizzed by plucky FILMCLUB junior reporter Amina, much like Tintin, about which comedy double acts the duo took inspiration from for their new roles as Thompson and Thomson in the animation, as well as what their greatest adventure has been so far. 

Chatting about the legendary film director Steven Speilberg (ET, Jaws, Jurassic Park) and Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings), Jamie Bell told the charity about how they worked together to bring the much loved character to the big screen and what some of the challenges were; "The most challenging part of the shoot for me was trying to capture who Tintin was.

"He really only existed in a comic strip he’s a very still character, you’d never hear him speak, so to then have to make him move, and make him talk and make him a real person was a huge challenge that me and Steven Speilberg and Peter Jackson had, in terms of bringing the film to life.

"It is also a huge responsibility, Tintin is a massive icon in many different parts of the world, so we had to work very hard to make sure we got it right."

Meanwhile Pegg and Frost revealed their personal favourite Speilberg films, which included Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Raiders of The Lost Ark. 

Tintin is an adaptation of the much-loved comic book about the boy reporter and his faithful dog Snowy. The story follows Tintin and Captain Haddock as they set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.

But someone else is in search of the ship. FILMCLUB’s verdict: ‘The animation is crisp yet glowing with life, the voicework (particularly Andy Serkis as the irascible Captain Haddock) is spot-on and it’s as full of affection for its subject as it is a breathless adventure. A treat.’