‘X-Men’ star Nicholas Hoult ‘frustrated’ by some superhero films: ‘They’re not trying hard enough’

'Kill Your Friends' actor speaks exclusively to NME

Nicholas Hoult says that he is “frustrated” by some superhero films that he feels are playing it safe in pursuit of money.

Hoult, who has appeared in two X-Men films as the mutant character Beast, was asked about the ubiquity of superhero movies as part of this week’s free NME cover story.

Admitting to feeling some films could do more to impress, Hoult said: “At times I’ll see superhero movies and admittedly be frustrated by them. It does feel like some are just packaging and they’re not trying hard enough because they know it’s a bankable forumla.”

The actor’s criticism does not extend to his own films, though. “I love the X-Men films because they have a heart to them and you have actors like Michael Fassbender who brings so much to the characters,” Hoult added. “The superheroes in that world aren’t smug. You don’t want to watch someone who you know is going to win from the start just being awesome for two hours.”

Kill Your Friends author John Niven spoke to Smith for the exclusive cover feature in this week’s magazine (available free in the UK from today (October 23). The pair discussed Hoult’s transition from child star in 2002 film About A Boy to roles in Mad Max: Fury Road and the X-Men franchise as well as the eagerly anticipated Kill Your Friends.

Read the full interview and see the brand-new photoshoot in the all-new free NME, available nationwide from today and on NME.com. Find out where you can get your copy from the full list of pick-up points.

For all queries involving current subscriptions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.