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Thursday 18 September 2014

Pegg: I was meant to write Tintin

Simon Pegg was originally going to write the Tintin script

Simon Pegg has revealed he went to meet Steven Spielberg to discuss writing the Tintin movie and ended up getting a part.

The Hot Fuzz star plays one half of bumbling detective duo Thompson and Thomson with Nick Frost, but went to meet the acclaimed director to discuss co-writing The Adventure Of Tintin with Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat.

Simon said: "We were talking about me being a writer on it at first because before it was going to be myself, Edgar and Joe, but he literally just said 'How about being in it then?'

"And we just talked about who should be the other Thomson twin and I said 'I know someone who's really good', and it just happened like that. He's a lovely guy. He's a filmmaker."

Simon added: "The first time I met him he had his cap on and he looked exactly like he did in everything I've ever seen him in, in every documentary I've watched."

But co-star Nick admitted he felt nervous the first time he met Spielberg.

He said: "I think he's probably the only person that I've met that I felt really nervous and stuff.

"But you just have to get on with it. I let myself have that once and then we were working together. So you just have to put that aside that he's my favourite director of all time and just get on with it."

::The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn is released on October 26.

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