At that age, “he is everything that you want to be. He literally takes you out of your bedroom,” Bell said.
It was a role 17 years in the making.
“When I found out when, A, they were making a film of Tintin, I was immediately excited. But, B, when I found out that they wanted me to play him, it was ridiculous,” Bell said, celebrating “the synergy and the fatefulness of all that coming together.”
All those youthful images etched on his brain came in handy when he had to play Tintin on the nakedly austere white-and-grey stage set up for the computerized performance capture.
“I know those images so well in my head,” Bell said. “I know the aesthetic of Herge so well that imagining eventually what it would turn out to be, what it would look like, in the end was not that difficult!”
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