Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck The 10 Best Films Of 2002 The 10 Best Films Of 2002 Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 10 Best Films Of 2001 The 10 Best Films Of 2001 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

Steven Spielberg Talks Mentoring Peter Jackson & Collaborating For 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

The Playlist By Gabe Toro | The Playlist December 12, 2011 at 11:03AM

It’s not often you see a director dream team. Often one is hands-off as a producer, shepherding or “godfathering” the film to the screen with the director’s vision. Other times, it’s a collaboration bourne out of years and years of familiarity. And yet, “The Adventures Of Tintin” unites Academy Award-winning blockbuster helmers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson to bring the story of Herge’s beloved comic strip creation to life.
2
Steven Spielberg Peter Jackson

It’s not often you see a director dream team. Often one is hands-off as a producer, shepherding or “godfathering” the film to the screen with the director’s vision. Other times, it’s a collaboration bourne out of years and years of familiarity. And yet, “The Adventures Of Tintin” unites Academy Award-winning blockbuster helmers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson to bring the story of Herge’s beloved comic strip creation to life.

Speaking on the red carpet premiere for “The Adventures Of Tintin,” Spielberg confirmed that he had long been a fan of Jackson, who started in the world of oddball genre work with the gruesomely gory “Dead Alive” and the demented puppet saga “Meet The Feebles.” “I saw a lot of his films before that,” Spielberg says, discussing Jackson’s breakout with the multi-billion “The Lord Of The Rings” series.

“I loved Peter, thought he was a brand new voice, an original voice, and we all thought he was going to do great things,” he continued. “I remember [Robert] Zemeckis, I had sponsored him, and he turned around and sponsored Peter with ‘The Frighteners.’ So we all had a hand pulling each other up in life.” And while 'Tintin' still exists within the Spielberg adventure framework he established in the early days of Amblin, it also retains that flavorful Jackson-style slapstick. Spielberg credits Jackson with teaching him about these touches of humor, emphasizing that while working with Jackson, “I learned how to be funnier!”

What’s surprising is that the two of them had such an easy time getting along, particularly working with the actors. Nick Frost, who plays one of the Thompson twins in the film, says that it was a set of, “Extreme ease. It would just be me, Simon [Pegg], Daniel Craig and Tintin, just hanging out in front of the camera. Very easy.” Frost claims he’ll re-team with 'Tintin' co-writer Edgar Wright “possibly next year” on a follow-up to “Shaun Of The Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” though he’s “ready to go” on future 'Tintin' installments.

Veteran voice actor Enn Reitel, who plays dual roles of Mr. Crabtree and Nestor, calls the experience, “the most relaxed atmosphere I’ve ever been in. Steven knows exactly what he wants when he wants it.” When asked for a degree of difficulty, he volunteered, “Remarkably easy. It’s kind of like doing a filmed radio play,” he explains. “Because with the motion capture you’re wearing this kind of wetsuit, and you have dots all over your face and a crash helmet and a camera in front of your face that mitigates movement. So it takes all the pressure away because you don’t have to worry about hitting your mark and looking this way, that way. Makes it easier to work with. I think that’s why these directors enjoy doing it, it makes [the film] more of a directors’ medium.”

While Spielberg and Jackson will switch roles next time around, he's also busy with a number of producing projects. One of them is the long-rumored “Jurassic Park IV.” But don’t try to hit him up for information about the film. While he claims, "We're developing a fourth one with Universal," he cautions, “We’re all in a period of discovery about that right now.”

“The Adventures Of Tintin” opens December 23rd in the United States.

This article is related to: Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, The Adventures Of Tintin, Nick Frost, Jurassic Park IV


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates