J A M I E B E L L
Were you a comics fan as a kid?
Not particularly. I never really enjoyed reading panels, but comic book characters, and the mythology around them, was very important to me. I grew up with Batman. Those Tim Burton movies were everything to me. Even, to some degree, the Joel Schumacher movies… Did you see the original Fantastic Four movies at the cinema?
I did. They get a bad rep, but they’re not bad films. Comic book movies were just not what they are now. They weren’t as sophisticated, they weren’t as bold with their storytelling, and they weren’t as real. What was the toughest part about the part?
Working on stilts wasn’t easy, they gave me a lot of limitations. To be honest though, the hardest thing was probably playing baseball. Being an Englishman, I obviously don’t play baseball… you can’t just pick up a bat and look like a baseball player. Miles Teller actually threw a ball in my face. He grew up playing baseball and he launched this curveball right at my head three days before we started shooting. They had to use a lot of make- up for a while. I told him we should play some football – see how that goes…