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New photo from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS features Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, and the X-Jet

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
March 23rd, 2011

A new production still from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS popped up on the film's Facebook page today. It gives us a glimpse at a boyhood Beast in his human form of Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) as well as a young Raven Darkholme AKA Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) as they converse under the X-Jet. Frankly, they both look a little blue.

Hoult also answered fan's questions about playing Beast via the X-Perts viral campaign Fox has going, in which people can submit questions for the various cast members to be answered during their respective date. After reading his answers, I have a question of my own; the kid does know that Beast existed long before Kelsey Grammar portrayed him in what was the worst adaptation of X-Men to date, right? Maybe not, based on his response that he "watched lots of Frasier" to prepare for the role. Maybe he should have spent more time watching X-Men: The Animated Series.

Check out what Hoult had to say after the break.

What did you think of the original Beast?

I thought Kelsey Grammer did a fantastic job when he portrayed Beast, his charm and eloquence was something I wanted to try and emulate. However, in First Class I play Hank younger before becoming a politician, when he is a scientist and still learning about himself and his abilities. So I didn’t want to try and just play a younger Kelsey but also bring something new to the role.

Are you an X-Men fan and if so, did you have a lot of source material to go thru or did you make up your own version of Beast?

I am an X-Men fan, I grew up watching the cartoons and films. It was fantastic to have so much source material to draw from, I read lots of comics in the build up to filming to try and get the best sense of Hank.

What type of preparation did you do for the role of Beast?

In preparation for the role I watched lots of Frasier and listened to people who spoke with a similar accent to Kelsey, my dialect coach and I worked on creating something towards Kelsey’s dialect but without being an imitation. I also did lots of fitness training as being in the Beast costume and make up could be very tiring and tough physically.

Beast is a nasty combination of high intellect and brute strength. Which side is more evident in the movie, and which side do you relate to more?

You get to see both the brute strength and intellect of Beast in this film. If I had to choose which one I related to most it would have to be the intellect as I certainly don't have anywhere near the strength and speed he possesses. Although, the same could be said for the intellect...

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