A couple of weeks ago, courtesy of Comingsoon‘s Superherohype, the internet community was given the opportunity to hear what Michael Fassbender had to say about taking on the role of Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto in X-Men: First Class. Now, thanks to Bleeding Cool, we have a snippet of what Nicholas Hoult had to say about the film when he sat down with them. Click after the break to read the interview.
Excluding the character’s brief cameo in 2003’s X2: X-Men United, 2006’s X-Men:The Last Stand saw movie audiences first official introduction to scientist Hank McCoy. Then played by Frasier himself, Kelsey Grammer, we were introduced to a mutant who had, for the most part, already come to terms with being a mutant; in fact, in the film, he had established himself in politics. In addition, The Last Stand also alluded to Hank’s past history with Charles Xavier, being one of his first students. However, in First Class, we meet Hank McCoy as a young man, before his transformation into Beast, and during his early years at Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. When When asked what he did to prepare for the role and whether his interpretation of Beast was influenced by Kelsey Grammar’s performance, Hoult said, (regarding his preparation for the role) â€œI’ve read a couple of them (comics) before starting work on this (film). But since then I’ve read a lot, a little bit of X-Men and Avengers and things like that, to get a grasp of the character. I was a fan of the films and grew up watching the cartoons. There is a great lot of history and information there.”
Hoult also added, (again regarding his preparation) “I watched Frasier, I watched the X-Men films… We lifted weights, did some boxing……in part so that we stayed energized.â€
(Regarding Kelsey Grammer’s influence on his performance) â€œI feel they were very different characters. In the other film (The Last Stand), Beast was a politician, and he’s been in this place for a long time. In this one (First Class) he’s young and he’s a scientist. And when he changes, that comes with quite a bit of anger and embarrassment.â€
As mentioned before, First Class also features Hank McCoy’s transformation into Beast, so the folks over at Bleeding Cool also asked Hoult how the character of Beast will be brought to life.
Hoult’s response: â€œBefore the transformation, when I’m just Hank, that’s me and there’s some CGI on the feet and toes. And then, once the transformation to Beast takes place, that’s four hours of make-up and prosthetics with a full mask and wigs and fur and a big rubber muscle suit. That’s quite a transformation.â€
Witness Hoult’s transformation firsthand when X-Men: First Class releases on June 3.