Nicholas Hoult Explains Why BEAST Looks Human In DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
One thing fans have noticed from a number of set pics and stills from X-Men: Days of Future Past is that Nicholas Hoult‘s Hank “Beast” McCoy looks like a human. McCoy turned into a big ball of blue fur during First Class, and the change was supposed to be permanent. Something happened somehow that allows the X-Men‘s resident genius to look ‘normal‘ in the upcoming film. Yesterday we theorized Beast may have made a cloaking device after he figured out how to make Charles Xavier walk again (you can read that here), and it turns out we weren’t too far off.
JoBlo have posted their set visit for the X-Men inbetweequel, and they got a chance to speak to Hoult about how his character has changed since First Class. While talking about the makeup process and Beast’s slightly modified, and less cat-like look, the actor explained why we see him in his human visage:
It’s become slightly smaller makeup, there’s a bit more of my face underneath it. So yeah, it’s a different design and slightly cooler than the last one as well in terms of heat.
What’s happened up to this point is between the time of the last movie and this movie my character has created a serum which basically controls his mutation so his appearance is normal as long as he doesn’t get worked up. Any animal instinct or urges, that kind of brings him out. So yeah, he changes into Beast a few times throughout the story and they’ve done some great action sequences with him this time, particularly in the mansion flying around on these chandeliers and stuff.
It can be tough, it can be time-consuming. I did another big makeup job on MAD MAX as well, so it’s one of those things where I seem to be doing a lot of it. And it’s fun to be able to transform that much and you can play around with it a lot more and push the character in very different ways., but it is something whereby it’s kind of trial and error. We’d be doing some scenes and then Bryan would be like, “Try and use the makeup more. Try and express.” And you have to do things that feel silly as well. You have to growl and jump around and do things which if you weren’t wearing the makeup would be completely ridiculous, but in the makeup luckily I think it’s slightly more intimidating. And I’ve got a muscle suit on so it’s maybe not as funny as me growling and roaring and stuff. But yeah, there’s definitely a real “playing” element to it.
It seems Dr. McCoy is borrowing a page from Dr. Bruce Banner‘s book and will
Hulk or rather Beast out when he gets agitated. Some folks thought they were indeed going the Hulk/Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde route when paparazzi pics of Hoult choking out Michael Fassbender‘s Magneto in a fountain showed Beast‘s costume ripped in the areas you’d expect if someone were Hulking out. Those folks were right and it seems the serum and fix for Xavier‘s legs are going to be pretty important plot points. What do you think about Hoult‘s explanation for a human looking Hank McCoy? How do you think that will work with what we know about Days of Future Past?