Simon Pegg's Tintin troubles

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A modern version of the 1980 musical which centers on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.
August 18th, 2010

Simon Pegg laughed when Steven Spielberg beat him up on the set of the new 'Tintin' film.

The British actor - who plays Inspector Thompson in the big screen version of the comic - admits he found it hard to contain his laughter when Spielberg was explaining a fight scene because of the director's fame.

He said: "The best moment was one day where he was describing to Andy Serkis how Captain Haddock should beat me up and I was lying on the floor with him holding me by the lapels shaking me, hitting me against the floor. And I was just laughing because it was f***ing Steven Spielberg!"

The 40-year-old star also admits he understands why the 'E.T.' filmmaker is as successful as he has an "aura".

Speaking at Movie-Con, he said: "He's extraordinary. You know within five minutes of working with him why he is where he is. He has this amazing innate... it just comes off him like a big aura. As a fan it was extraordinary to work with him."

'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn', which stars Jamie Bell as the titular Belgian adventurer, is due for release in December 2011.

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