Categories Interviews Jack the Giant Slayer

Five questions for Nicholas

The British actor, and beau of Jennifer Lawrence, talks about tackling the lead role in Jack The Giant Slayer, laughing at his co-star’s stunt bloopers and a penchant for climbing trees.

What makes your Jack tick in Jack And The Giant Slayer?
Well, Jack lost his parents when he was pretty young, has been raised by his uncle and has a good heart and good intentions, but things don’t always go his way. He hasn’t had a lot of breaks in life, and then he gets swept up on this adventure to try to rescue the princess, but he’s totally unprepared and scared of heights, which is very inappropriate when you’re climbing five miles into the sky on a beanstalk.

Did you have fun romancing Eleanor Tomlinson’s princess?
We’d mess around and joke about stuff in the scenes. It can be tricky to develop a relationship quickly without that many scenes and have the audience believe your characters. But Bryan [Singer] knows how to formulate a solid story that’s well told, and that sweeps you up. So he managed to pop out the key points for us very clearly.

Were there any opportunities to have a laugh during production?
I enjoyed it when things would go wrong during Eleanor’s stunts [laughs]. Not terribly wrong, but just, like, when we were in the cathedral and maybe Eleanor wasn’t listening when they were talking about camera timings and when we had to drop to the floor. So we were meant to go on ‘action’, but on ‘one’ I see her out of the corner of my eye just hit the deck. It was a hard, concrete floor and you’d hear a little moan of: ‘Ow.’ That made me laugh a lot.

Did you enjoy the physicality of the role?
I climbed a lot of trees when I was a child, and I thought I’d enjoy a second chance to do that on a grand scale. Even recently, I was out walking around the woods at my house and I was like: ‘Oh, a massive tree to climb,’ and I did. It was easier when I was a kid: I’m getting worse at tree climbing. When you’re a kid, you’re fearless and the branches can take your weight a lot easier.

What did you like about the film’s story?
I just like the fact that these two characters are being told what they can’t do and they won’t achieve, and they both, against the odds, go out and accomplish things and learn and grow. That’s a great message to be sending out to anyone watching the film, but particularly to kids. Don’t accept no as an answer. And don’t get the beans wet.

Jack The Giant Slayer is out now on DVD, Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray.

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Categories Interviews Warm Bodies

Nicholas on his zombie transformation

Prior to the release of his Warm Bodies DVD, Nicholas Hoult is giving us the scoop on what it was like to transform into zombie “R.”

In this exclusive DVD behind-the-scenes look, the 23-year-old Brit, who stars as the undead character in the film, dished on how he brought his peculiar role to life.

“The idea of this zombie who I had to try to make relatable to an audience and make an audience care about and root for was something I thought was an interesting task for me,” Nicholas said. “There was a lot to think about–the movement aspects of it and trying to create how a zombie would talk.”

“The first time I ever did it, I’d gone for dinner with Jonathan Levine and we spoke about how tricky it was going to be to get the right balance of Zombie for the role, and then I met with Tony–I went to his house for my casting and my reading and he said ‘let’s give it a go.'”

And that wasn’t all Nicholas had to share about his transformation.

“I had my makeup and my normal clothes and suddenly I was there and tried to become a zombie, and thankfully he didn’t laugh at me,” Nicholas added. “He was very supportive and encouraging, but, doing it in those circumstances, when you get the makeup and the costume and the environment it’s quite easier.”

The DVD for Warm Bodies, which also stars Teresa Palmer, is set to hit stores June 4.

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Nicholas talks “Jack the Giant Slayer” “X-Men” and “Mad Max: Fury Road”

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 ManX-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 RoadX-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.

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Going up in the world: Nicholas Hoult

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.
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Nicholas on dating

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.”
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