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[Movies] Nicholas Hoult Talks Beast's Makeup and More for X-Men: Days of Future Past
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.26.2014

IGN recently released an interview with Beast actor Nicholas Hoult from X-Men: Days of Future Past, where Hoult discussed his role as Beast/Hank McCoy in the film. Below are some highlights.

Hoult on how his Beast makeup has changed: "Yeah, the Beast look is different. It's a different make-up team doing it this time around. Bryan wanted a slightly different thing, which is working well. I've only been in it for a couple of days so far, but it's fun. It's nice to play a character with two very different aspects to play and very different physical appearances. … He state is slightly different. The Beast is, uh -- he's trying to learn how to control it and be at peace with it but if he gets worked up, it's something that can be unleashed."

Hoult on how Beast's relationship with Prof. X has evolved since First Class: "I guess in the last 10 years or whatever Charles has kind of been in a downward spiral in many ways, mentally and physically, and I've been kind of looking after him. We've been rolling around in the mansion together, which is nice. I mean me and James [McAvoy] -- we're having fun playing that relationship as well."

Hoult on his relationship with Wolverine in the movie: "Yeah, their relationship starts off slightly on the wrong foot, but then Logan is obviously coming back from the future and has to rally us and explain to us in the past what has been going on, which is quite a lot for us to take onboard and he can be quite an intense character, Logan. A lot to take in. But it's obviously very important that we figure out what to do."

On if his relationship with Mystique will continue from the last film: "Yeah, her whole relationship with all the characters was involved. Obviously Charles took her in and looked after her and was very much a brother/father figure to her. And there was also a relationship with Magneto at the end of the film, where she believed more in his way of thinking of the mutants and human divide. And in this film, it's a similar thing, where all of us have a bit of a relationship with her and care for her. So there are definitely still aspects of that. You know Hank was left at the end of the last film with Charles and she joined Magneto's clan."

On the differences between Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn as directors: "I guess the main difference is with the first one, everyone is getting to grips with their characters and figuring stuff out, but with this one, everyone has got into their stride and figured it out very quickly. Bryan having previously shot X-Men films as well and being a part of the last one, it's all clicked very quickly. It's pretty easy so far."


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