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Jamie Bell: Watching myself is excruciating!

Published 20/07/2015

Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell

Jamie Bell thinks a director’s body of work is more interesting than an actors.

The British actor first rose to fame in hit 2000 musical Billy Elliot. Since then he has gone on to star in King Kong and The Adventures of Tintin but despite his success, the 29-year-old can hardly bare to watch his performances.

“I don’t really enjoy watching any of my work at all. To get me to sit down in a screening, you almost have to nail me to the f**king floor,” he told Robert Pattinson during a chat for Interview magazine. “It’s useful, because you get to see what mistakes you think you made and what choices didn’t quite work out the way you wanted them to. But at the same time, it’s such an excruciating experience because it’s final. You can’t do anything about it. So the process of rewatching it becomes so pointless.”

Jamie will next be seen in the Fantastic Four alongside Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan. The star loves what he does, but admits it can still be hard to shake off the Billy Elliot tag that initially made him famous.

“I think I have much more appreciation for directing and movies overall versus a performance or an actor. Their body of work is more interesting,” he added. “It’s hard to define somebody by one movie. I mean, unfortunately, my entire life was basically made by Billy Elliot. It was kind of created by that one catalytic moment.”

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