While some may remember Nicholas Hoult as the kid in About a Boy, over the past few years he’s proven that he’s definitely capable of playing adult roles in films like A Single Man, X-Men: First Class, and Clash of the Titans. While Hoult was certainly becoming more well-known as an adult actor, he hadn’t ever lead a film before. That all changes in 2013. With leading roles in Warm Bodies and Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer, Hoult is starting a new chapter in his career, and based on what I saw while visiting the set of Jack back in 2011, I think he’s going to easily make the jump.
Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Hoult. We talked about the success of Warm Bodies, what it’s been like promoting Jack, how the film changed during production, deleted scenes, working with all the CGI characters, and more. In addition, we also talked about George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: First Class and the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, and his other upcoming projects. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Collider: Congratulations on the success ofWarm Bodies, was that a little bit of a surprise to you?
NICHOLAS HOULT: Yeah, it was a very pleasant surprise. Obviously I loved the script and the character and really enjoyed making the film and thought that everyone involved was very talented, but it’s a big relief when something comes out and people seem to like it and go and see and it does well. It’s always a big reward at the end.
Carmel Mar 4th, 2013 Jack the Giant Slayer 0 Replies
“Jack the Giant Slayer” claims the throne at the North American box office on another slow weekend. The fantasy drama film easily tops the chart with a modest haul of approximately $28 million, marking the first underwhelming start for a so-called tentpole film in 2013.
With a reported $190 million production budget, the opening number is far below expectation. The movie’s performance already draws comparison to last year’s box office flops “Battleship” and “John Carter”.
Still, Warner Bros. executive vice president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein says, “This story is far from being told. We will get to a global number that works.” He adds, “Our audience in the United States was a little bit more narrow than we wanted, but the Canadian numbers are really strong, and the overseas reaction has exceeded our expectations.”
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That’s it for now, but be sure to check back later as I will be adding photos from Nicholas from earlier this week promoting Jack the Giant Slayer!
Carmel Feb 24th, 2013 Interviews, Projects 0 Replies
Nicholas Hoult is in between worlds right now. The 23-year-old British actor who shot to global fame as Hank McCoy (aka Beast) in X-Men: First Class is just back in London from Namibia. He has flown in for a brief meet-and-greet before heading back to Africa to complete filming of Mad Max: Fury Road, the long-awaited fourth instalment of George Miller’s popular post-apocalyptic series.
Dressed in a maroon leather jacket, charcoal combat trousers and a grey T-shirt, Hoult walks into the hotel room and removes his baseball cap to reveal a skinhead cut. “People have a different response to you when your head is shaved,” he says with a grin. Part of his guise for playing the warrior Nux in Mad Max, it looks severe: the cherubic lad with the pudding-bowl cut he so charmingly embodied in 2002′s About a Boy is long gone.
It’s also some way from his role in Bryan Singer’s fantasy Jack the Giant Slayer. Hoult plays Jack, a farm hand who opens a gateway to a world of fearsome giants. So what’s the appeal? “There’s the romance and the adventure and the epic scale of it, and the world that you get taken into is really spectacular. But I think there is also humour and lightness to it. It’s a good family romp,” he says.
The movie is inspired by the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale – and for those craving overgrown vegetation, the film doesn’t disappoint. “They built 50-foot-high pieces of beanstalk and then proceeded to throw water on us, and get these really powerful air cannons and spray us with those as well. We’re just hanging on … these beanstalks, slipping around,” Hoult says.
Carmel Feb 23rd, 2013 Interviews 3 Replies
After parting ways with Jennifer Lawrence earlier this year, Nicholas Hoult is one of the most eligible bachelors on the young Hollywood scene. But he wasn’t always mister smooth with the ladies… and still has some hiccups in the relationship department.
While talking about dating with Elle, the British star of movies including “Warm Bodies,” “About a Boy,” and “Jack the Giant Slayer” shared a story about a childhood crush gone terribly wrong.
“There were just embarrassing things continually,” the 23-year-old says of the awkward moments he endured while growing up. “I remember once after deciding that I fancied a girl, I made her a badge. I’d never spoken to her before and I can’t remember what the badge said, but it obviously didn’t seal the deal.”
Homemade buttons aside, Hoult seemed to have a Hollywood sensibility about how relationships should work.
“I had a moment when I was completely obsessed with ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,’” he says of the 1954 musical. “I think I watched it seven times in one day. That’s how I believed relationships worked: You go into town, pick up the girl you want, then ride off into the mountains and the townsfolk can’t get them back.”
Carmel Feb 23rd, 2013 Interviews, Jack the Giant Slayer, Mad Max: Fury Road, Warm Bodies, X-Men: Days Of Future Past 0 Replies
Nicholas Hoult isn’t the extroverted type when it comes to talking about his career moves, but even he admits things are moving along nicely for him.
His zombie flick, Warm Bodies, is doing well at the box office. And his headlining role in Jack the Giant Slayer, out March 1, has been receiving positive buzz while the film is tracking well with preview audiences.
Hoult’s also part of Mad Max reboot cast, although we’ll have to wait until next year to catch up with George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
But that’s all right, because Hoult is doing just fine now.
“It’s daunting to have two movies come out around the same time,” said the 23-year-old during an interview promoting Jack the Giant Slayer in London.