Variety put up an article in which Nicholas’ co-star Kristen Stewart talks about working with him on “Equals”. Nicholas also comments on playing his character.
Drake Doremus’ sci-fi romance “Equals,” which follows two forbidden lovers on their journey to find freedom in a futuristic society that prides itself on having eradicated emotions, had its emotional L.A. premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on Thursday night.
The film, which stars Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult, along with Jacki Weaver, Aurora Perrineau and Tom Stokes, bowed at the Venice International Film Festival last year.
“I was never really a sci-fi nerd, but I was always fascinated with the genre,” Doremus said. “I thought it was an interesting landscape to set a love story and try to doing something warm. Most sci-fi films to me are very cold and very distant and I wanted to make something that was the opposite of that.”
Stewart and Hoult complimented Doremus on his unique approach to helping spark chemistry between the onscreen lovers during rehearsals. “It wasn’t about learning lines,” Stewart said. “It was about breaking down barriers and getting to know each other.”
Hoult still found many complexities in playing a character that “isn’t meant to feel” and “understanding how that changes throughout the movie.” “It’s kind of like these characters have been alive and know how to do everything a human knows how to do, but they don’t feel,” he said. “So, it’s like a baby feeling emotions for the first time, but not knowing how to process them.”
A24 and DirecTV acquired U.S. rights to “Equals,” which is set for a July 15 theatrical release.
Nicholas is featured in the July issue of Total Film UK. A scan of the interview has been added to our gallery. Massive thanks to my friend Lindsey, who is the webmaster of Rachel McAdams Online, for sending the scan our way.
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Nicholas is featured in Flaunt Magazine. The photoshoot outtakes have been added to our gallery. Be sure to read the interview below.
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At 25, English actor Nicholas Hoult has streaked across the pond, pouring gas on a promising ignition [he starred opposite Hugh Grant in 2002’s About A Boy…], blazing past his prepubescent “pudgy-face” phase [HuffPo highlighted his marked transformation while covering 2009’s A Single Man], burning through enviable social fiber [he amicably parted ways with former girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence], finally harnessing his 6’3 Adonis physique [he deftly portrays Young Hank McCoy/Beast in the latest X-Men trilogy and Nux, the frenzied War Boy, in Mad Max: Fury Road] only to blister through the incestuous stratosphere of celebrity/nepotism towards rare, exalted terrain, that of true Hollywood star [he’s starring in six major films this year, including George Miller’s new masterpiece]. Yet, arcing across this elevated trajectory, Hoult’s decidedly humble, even comfortably awkward over sandwiches and coffee.
EXT. THE GARDEN AT CHATEAU MARMONT – LUNCHTIME
“Do you think we can move to another table?”
Nicholas Hoult is wearing a t-shirt, windbreaker, ball cap and casual tennis shoes. He’s not sure about this cramped table deep in the patio. I’m not sure if this is a Hollywood star who’s too tall for the ride, or a man lost partway between Dave and Buster’s and the mall. Hoult’s a buck though, swiftly owning our situation. “What about that one?” Hoult points. It’s unoccupied.
An irony surfaces: I’m the one gathering evidence for the court of public opinion. Shouldn’t he be concerned about me?
Hoult deliberates the situation and we’re moved to the other table. We introduce ourselves with a quick, firm handshake. It’s like we’re members of a populous fraternity, where it’s unreasonable to know everyone by first name.
When the waitress appears, Hoult asks if I want to eat. “Yeah, let’s do food.”
“Can I get the grilled chicken avocado sandwich please?” he requests.
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Nicholas Hoult was born four years after the third “Mad Max” film hit theaters in 1985, but that didn’t mean he missed out on the lasting influence of the adrenaline-fueled, post-apocalyptic saga.
“All these films I’ve seen, I suddenly saw where their ideas came from or where it all sprung from – the brilliant mind of George Miller,” he said.
Hoult, 25, talked to Reuters about the intensity of playing War Boy Nux in Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” out in U.S. theaters on Friday. Below are excerpts from the interview.
Q: The War Boys are willing to die for their leader. How did you connect with that mentality?
A: There was this interesting process behind the scenes, with Hugh Keays-Byrne who plays (leader) Immortan Joe. There would be about 150 stunt guys and there was a training center and gym where everyone would do group sessions where they would learn and feel what it meant to be a War Boy in that time. Hugh would come along and be the leader and he’d repeat nursery rhymes and everyone would chant with him and it became a little bit of this odd cult thing.
You’re thrust into this environment which is really immersive, then it kind of makes it easy to believe all those things.
Q: It’s almost as if you were brainwashed.
A: I got brainwashed. That’s what I’m trying to say.
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Nearly nine years ago, Nicholas Hoult gave a series of interviews. They all followed a similar template: remember the kooky, pudding-bowl kid from About a Boy? He’s grown up, got hot and is about to star in some new series called Skins. He’s also, most pointed out, very amiable and polite, at 17 still a little gauche beneath the cheekbones – a nice Wokingham lad.
I wrote one of these. I remember Hoult was ever so excited to have just bought a moped, which he used to get to and from sixth form college. His mum – who had packed him cheese and ham sandwiches to take along for the day – was more sceptical.
So it’s hard to imagine the unhappiness of Mrs Hoult after her son was cast in Mad Max: Fury Road – eight months in the Namibian desert hanging off exploding lorries, told not to move lest his head come off. The watchword of George Miller’s movie is verisimilitude; CGI sneered at for all but tweaks. As critics have observed, the fear on Hoult’s face is pretty convincing.
In fact, the experience helped exorcise his petrolphilia. Just as gearheads round the world get revved up over the rigs, he says his motoring mania is behind him. “I’ve grown out of it. OK: a great car does have a little bit of a soul to it. There can be something special about the noise of it. But I’m no longer obsessed.”
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