Golden Globes: Steven Spielberg says ‘Tintin’ is an animated ‘buddy movie’

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Steven Spielberg has had a busy awards season, between the release of both ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ and the World War I drama ‘War Horse.’ ‘In my right mind, I never would have released two movies within eight days of each other,’ he said of his two Christmas openers backstage at Sunday’s 69th Golden Globes ceremony after ‘Tintin’ picked up a prize for best animated feature. ‘But we found out ‘Tintin’ had a much younger audience, and there wasn’t competition between those two -- which worried me for a while.’

As to why ‘Tintin,’ the 3-D performance-capture film based on the work of Herge, resonated with both the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and moviegoers worldwide, the filmmaker said he viewed the picture as a ‘buddy movie.’ ‘It shows a man who is a reprobate and a terrible alcoholic who stops drinking -- and when he does, he accomplishes something wonderful,’ he said.

Spielberg admitted, however, that even when he is compelled to make films, he almost always tries to back out of each project he signs on to. ‘I’m seized with some kind of passion,’ he said, ‘then I’ve committed to it, and a month later, I try to get out of it. ... But you feel you can’t live without making it. So even when I change my mind, I know that first initial intuition -- I have to stick with it.’

The filmmaker said he still looks to his peers -- Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese, in particular -- when he’s seeking inspiration. As for those young film students who may be striving to follow in Spielberg’s footsteps? The director thinks they have an advantage he himself never had as a young filmmaker.

‘What I think is wonderful for film students who want to make the movies I made movies is that they have phones, which is kind of like a movie studio,’ he said. ‘You get it on YouTube and have 4 million people watching your movie overnight, which my generation never had.’


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