In October 2011, I was lucky enough to visit the set of Jonathan Levine‘s Warm Bodies. The film follows R (Nicholas Hoult), a zombie who falls in love with the non-zombie Julie (Teresa Palmer) after eating her boyfriend’s brains. Judging by the trailers, it looks like Levine has crafted a sweet, funny rom-zom-com.
In addition to getting zombified on the set, I got the chance to sit down and talk with Hoult. During out conversation, we spoke about eating brains, zombie school, influential zombie movies, playing an unconventional hero, communication without words, and much more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. Warm Bodies opens February 1st.
Watching you in the first sequence, the way you’re dragging yourself, how did you come up with your body mannerisms?
NICHOLAS HOULT: What happens to him at the beginning of the story is he can’t communicate with anyone, he’s lost the power of speech, he’s trapped. His life’s quite dull and worn down, that feeling of dragging yourself through life. We had a zombie school, funnily enough. Not doing too much, I suppose, is important.
The frames of reference for this movie are Romeo and Juliet and Edward Scissorhands, but it also seems like Pinocchio wanting to be a real boy.
HOULT: Yes. The thing I really liked about the script is it’s about someone trying to retain his humanity. Through killing Julie’s boyfriend and eating his brains he falls for her and then regains that through being with her. That’s the great thing about Theresa: She’s such a lively, bubbly person anyway and that spark she brings to the character.
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So long, MTV version of Skins… The audience has spoken. The latest MTV show to get the boot is based off of the very popular and controversial UK teen drama, surrounding young adults juggling life’s problems— family, friends, sex, and drugs. Despite having the show’s original creator on board [Brian Elsley], the storylines and cast chemistry just didn’t translate and couldn’t compete. Plus, it was just TOO controversial for America. We asked our featured Skin’s UK cast members to weigh in on U.S. Remake.
Why do you think Skins U.S remake’s debut was so controversial?
I know a little bit about it and I’ve read about it, I haven’t seen it. I’m not avoiding it, I didn’t actually end up watching quite a lot of the episodes in our series either, and to go back and relive it in America today—it’s a bit too soon. I read some of the reactions of the press in the States, which is maybe something more drastic than the reactions we have here. It’s a tricky one, particularly having not seen the American version. I’m sure it’s quite similar to our version. I think in America people maybe get more involved in things whereas in England if you don’t like it, you don’t watch it. You don’t necessarily have to have such a large reaction to it—but I don’t know, it’s difficult to say exactly why the reaction was more severe for the Americans. It’s probably because advertising networks pay a lot more on MTV than advertisers over here. I’m sure it’s many different things.
NextMovie did an interview with Nick on his new movie X-Men: Last Stand (which is out in theaters right NOW!!!) and on how he developed his acting career!
Most child actors struggle during that awkward transition from boyz II men; but for 21-year-old Brit Nicholas Hoult, it hasn’t been that hard to say goodbye to yesterday — from his breakthrough role in “About a Boy” to “X-Men” (see what we did there?).
In fact, his future’s so bright, he’s gotta wear shades… of blue, as the ferocious furry Beast in “X-Men: First Class.” The new mutant pseudo-prequel features Hoult as Dr. Henry “Hank” McCoy, a prodigious young scientist with a bit of a Jekyll/Hyde thing going on. We get to see Hank go from meek geek to full-on badass, and by the end, all memories of Kelsey Grammer in “X-Men: The Last Stand” are torn to shreds.
After gaining notice for supporting parts in blockbuster “Clash of the Titans” and art-house drama “A Single Man,” Hoult is poised to become a star. We got to chat with this proper English gentleman about his newfound fame.
How were you discovered?
My older brother and sister acted, and I did a play with my mum when I was three years old. A director saw me and said I could concentrate well, and asked if she could use me in her next play, which was “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.” That was the first play I ever did. Then a series of events ended in me getting an agent, auditioning for things, and eventually getting a few roles.
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