Keeping Up with X-Men's Nicholas Hoult
A few days ago, X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer gifted us with this priceless Dubsmash of his cast going full Beast mode. In the hilarious video, Nicholas Hoult (Beast/Hank McCoy) leads the dance party with his fellow X-Men Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique/Raven), James McAvoy (Professor X/Charles Xavier), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops/Scott Summers), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm/Ororo Munroe), Evan Peters (Quicksilver/Peter Maximoff), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner).
Just goes to show that filming a ginormous, high stakes superhero movie—the X-Men are literally facing (an) Apocalypse, a mutant from ancient times who is all but a living god, and his Four Horsemen—can be really fun, too. Makes us wonder what else goes on behind the scenes, and lucky for us, Beast himself a.k.a. Nic Hoult is eager to spill the beans!
Nic almost got his head chopped off! Okay, that’s an exaggeration but he did get “a sword in the head” during a fight scene between Beast and Psylocke (played by Olivia Munn). “No fault of hers at all, it was completely me not moving out of the way. It would've been a nasty end had it been a real fight!”
Nic prefers less makeup… on himself. That full-body blue took forever to put on, but he took it like a champ and was very grateful to the makeup team for getting the process down to two hours. His muscle suit also got an upgrade. “It gets very hot on set and then combined with being in clothes, a muscle suit, and full mask and wig, I find that after 15 minutes I'm melting and I can't keep my body temperature down. But it was certainly an improvement this time around.”
He can relate to Apocalypse. Played by Oscar Isaac from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Apocalypse carries on his shoulders the extremely heavy weight of his suit. You can barely recognize the guy who played Poe Dameron underneath all that makeup and armor. Nic recalls, "The first time I saw Oscar in his makeup, which is fantastic and wonderfully done and great, I looked in his eyes and thought, 'I know your pain...' But he was wonderful and such a good sport! He brought gravitas to the character that was fun to see, even though we didn't do much together."
Like us regular humans, he also wonders what a normal day is like at the X-Mansion. His character, Hank, has grown from student to sort of Professior Xavier's right hand. "Now we live in that big old house, running the school together," Nic says. "The one thing that I never quite figured out was who was doing the lunches. I thought that was perhaps the one thing missing: Charles and Hank in the kitchen making hundreds of sandwiches and wondering who can't have peanut butter!"
X-Olympics, anyone? It’s like every time we see the X-Men, they're always battling a threat to the human race. As much as we love seeing them in action, we think they deserve a break once in a while, and Nic wholeheartedly agrees. "I'm waiting for the script to come along where there is no threat and it's literally just us hanging out at the house and using our powers to have a barbecue. And having the mutant Olympics!"
Catch X-Men Apocalypse in theaters starting May 18.