Interview with Nicholas Hoult
James Gilmore interviews Nicholas Hoult
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In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.
Mad Max: Fury Road is a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky (played by Tom Hardy). Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron).
Leading up to the premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road, James Gilmore sat down with Nicholas Hoult who plays the character of Nux, a sick war boy who joins the army with Mad Max.
James Gilmore: Tell me a bit about your character Nux and his position in the film.
Nicholas Hoult: In this world, Immortan Joe is the ruler; he controls the water, the food and everything that people need. My character Nux is someone who has worked up through the ranks of being a war pup and then a mechanic and a lancer at some point (someone who rides on one of the vehicles with explosive lances) and now he has worked up to becoming the driver of one of the fastest pursuit vehicles. They’re essentially extremists whereby they believe that if they die in battle, being witnessed, then they’ll go to heaven and it will all be really great for them there.
James Gilmore: Wow! Quite a deep intricate role then... Your characters make-up is also quite intricate, I imagine you must have spent hours in the make-up trailer getting yourself looking ready for the part?
Nicholas Hoult: I realised that quite early on in the shoot when Charlize [Theron] came into the make-up trailer (I’d been sitting there for about an hour already, up at the crack of dawn) grabbed some black grease paint, smeared it on her forehead and then walked out. She was on-set, done! That’s when you know a pro; they make their lives as easy as possible for a long shoot.
James Gilmore: I’ve just heard that you’re also quite a big fan of knitting; definitely not something most people would associate with someone of your age! Was it something that you continued and were able to do on set?
Nicholas Hoult: I had to give up the needle actually because it became quite addictive! On one of my days off I spent knitting and I maybe knitted for 10 hours straight. I lost the love of it after that but I made a couple of the girls hats, I made scarves, I made a snood. I got quite inventive with different colours. I learnt off one of the make-up artists and then that was my thing, I would sit around knitting. It was an antidote to the macho environment we were in.
James Gilmore: What a way to impress the ladies! Definitely not something you would expect to see on the set of Mad Max… What was it like to work with Tom Hardy?
Nicholas Hoult: It’s difficult enough for any actor to play a role that another actor has played and particularly something iconic like this [Mad Max] that Mel Gibson was fantastic in. Tom’s so smart and doesn’t ever think of anything in a straightforward manner… it’s always convoluted in his crazy brain that I can’t seem to understand so it’s fun to watch him work and bring this character to life.
James Gilmore: Well it seems to have paid off: Yours and Tom Hardy’s performances in this film are outstanding. Changing topic slightly, X Men: Apocalypse: You had an 80’s dress code for that role. Talk more.
Nicholas Hoult: Hank McCoy dresses quite conservatively and conventionally and bold beyond his years so I’ve got all of these suits but the 80’s are all shoulder pads and their huge! I looked like a kid dressed up in his Dad’s suit! I looked ridiculous! I thought “I can’t wear these in the film, people will laugh at me” but that’s what happened.
James Gilmore interviews Nicolas Hoult
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