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Wednesday 4 March 2015

Bell: I'll play Tintin 'til I die

Jamie Bell would like to play Tintin for a while longer
Jamie Bell would like to play Tintin for a while longer

Jamie Bell has revealed he'd still like to be playing Tintin when he's an old man.

The 25-year-old Billy Elliot star - who stars as the adventurous young reporter in The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn - revealed his hopes to continue with the film franchise on the Graham Norton Show, joking that he could be playing Tintin for the rest of his life.

Jamie said: "Hopefully I will be Tintin for a while. If audiences really embrace it I will be doing it for the rest of my life - I could be 45 and still be doing it!"

Tintin is nearly 90 years old and it seems his life may long continue if Jamie's latest film is a hit. The cartoon character was created by Belgian writer Herge in 1929 and became a popular series of books translated into many languages and published all over the world.

The character has been brought to the big screen in the new 3D film, directed by Stephen Spielberg - who was given the blessing of Herge shortly before his death.

The film project has been in production for many years leading up to its release later this month.

Spielberg is keen to continue making Tintin films with two more already in the pipeline. There are plans for The Lord Of The Rings' Peter Jackson to direct the next and for the third to be co-directed by both Spielberg and Jackson.

The Graham Norton Show airs on Fridays at 10.35pm on BBC 1.

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