Monday, October 7, 2013

Hugh Bonneville films new Paddington Bear movie...alongside a mechanical cuddly toy head!

PUBLISHED: 14:01 EST, 7 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:28 EST, 7 October 2013

Preparation: Hugh Bonneville was carrying a bag as he walked around the train station whilst all the camera crews worked hard behind him

It's been almost four decades since he first appeared on screen.

But Paddington Bear appears to have had a very modern makeover indeed.

 A mechanical head has been created to shoot scenes for the upcoming film of the classic children’s books. While the character will mostly be computer generated, the puppet was used in a number of scenes filmed in London’s Paddington station over the weekend.

Colin Firth is providing the voice for the character, which was originally created by author Michael Bond in 1958. He is appearing alongside Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, who is playing the part of Mr Brown, and Hollywood star Nicole Kidman, who is playing an evil taxidermist. Julie Walters has been cast as Mrs Bird, the Brown’s housekeeper.

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