A profile on actor Simon Pegg in the TimesOnline reveals that Steven Spielberg has offered the role of the Thom(p)sons in the 'Tintin' movie to he and frequent co-star Nick Frost.
...he gets a call saying Steven Spielberg would like to meet him...
So he trots over to the motion-capture set for the 'E.T.' director’s latest project - the first in a trilogy of 'Tintin' movies. Motion-capture sets are bizarre, empty places. The event has been shot and is held in a computerised camera, which allows the director to swoop around the scene. As a result, there is only a computer guy and Spielberg sitting there.
"Steven’s smoking a stogy, cap on head, like he’s always been since I was a baby," Pegg says, shaking his head in wonder. “I shook his hand and chatted about films. He gave me the mo-cap [motion-capture] camera, and I had a play around with it. Then he said, ‘Hey, maybe you and Nick Frost could play the Thompson Twins.’ In Tintin. A Spielberg movie. To work with him is beyond .. . ” He trails off, lost for words.
Although Pegg refers to the characters by their popular name of the "Thompson Twins", the official Tintin.com website reveals that this is a common misnomer.
The English version of the site refers to this pair as The Thom(p)sons highlighting that they are not even named exactly alike. In the original French comics they are referred to as "Dupond et Dupont" but in the English translation they became Thomson and Thompson (note the variation in spelling).
In fact, when they first debuted in 1923's 'Cigars of the Pharohs' the look-alike police team were simply referred to as X33 and X33A. It was in a later adventure, 'King Ottokar's Sceptre' that their names were revealed as Thompson and Thomson.
The site also points out that they are not twins, but merely doubles.