X-Men: First Class will hit theaters across the country on June 3, which takes a look at the younger versions of our favorite mutants from the comic books and previous movies. Nicholas Hoult plays the young Beast, a character previously portrayed by Kelsey Grammer in X-Men: The Last Stand. Nicholas Hoult did reveal that he studied Kelsey Grammer's accent to portray Beast, although he believes his younger Beast is a far different character.
Nicholas Hoult discusses playing Beast in X-Men: First Class
"I feel they were very different characters. In the other film, Beast was a politician, and he's been in this place for a long time. In this one he's young and he's a scientist. And when he changes, that comes with quite a bit of anger and embarrassment. He's very intelligent, obviously, and creates great inventions. But there's also this side of him where you have this conflict of wanting to be normal and wanting to fit in. That's going on. And then there's also the side, once he becomes the Beast. There's a Jeckyll and Hyde aspect, where he's scared of what he's capable of."
Last month, director Matthew Vaughn spoke about bringing a James Bond feel to X-Men: First Class, which Nicholas Hoult elaborated on.
"To me, personally, I really wonder why he said that. We were doing a scene of hanking and waving, and Luffy said, do it like James Bond, say the line like James Bond. Well, he actually said, do it like James Bond, and I said, I don't know if that will come off as cheesy or Bond-like. And he said, do it, and then we'll decide."
We also reported earlier this month that Nicholas Hoult landed the role of Jack in Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Killer. He is also slated to star in George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road and here's what he had to say about both those projects.
will be starting next year. George Miller
is a fantastic director, so I'm looking forward to getting started on that. And Jack
, yeah, we haven't really started work on it yet, but we're shooting pretty soon. It's a kind of reimagied version of Jack and the Beanstalk."
You can to read the full interview with Nicholas Hoult.
X-Men: First Class was released June 3rd, 2011 and stars James McAvoy, Laurence Belcher, Michael Fassbender, Bill Milner, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Beth Goddard. The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn.
Jack the Giant Slayer was released March 1st, 2013 and stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Ian McShane, Christopher Fairbank. The film is directed by Bryan Singer.
Mad Max: Fury Road comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones. The film is directed by George Miller.