Nicholas Hoult appears on this week’s NME cover: ‘I enjoyed ‘Kill Your Friends’ murderer role’

Actor tells NME about his preparation for taking on lead role in violent Britpop-era film

Nicholas Hoult has discussed his role as serial killer Steven Stelfox in the big screen adaptation of Britpop-era film Kill Your Friends as part of this week’s free NME cover story.

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 Friday, 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.

However, the first time Hoult heard about Kill Your Friends was not your typical movie industry meeting. “Gregor [Cameron, producer] came up to me in Hyde Park a couple of years ago and just gave me a copy!” he reveals.

“I thought at first ‘Uh oh, crazy guy alert.’ And Owen [Harris, director] wasn’t even attached then, so it didn’t feel real to be honest. I was filming another movie for a year and then Owen came on board – I’d loved his Black Mirror episode – so I read the script again and then the book, and it was at that point that I was like, ‘Fuck. I have to play this guy’.”

Hoult has no reservations about playing an unapologetic serial killer in Kill Your Friends, as he tells Niven: “Weirdly, I kind of enjoyed being in his [the character] company. I was reading the book again just before we started shooting. I’d be walking around town and occasionally I’d have to stop myself because I’d look at someone and hear Stelfox in my head. You know, what he’d think of them, describe them or what he’d want to do to them. It would happen a lot on the Tube…”

Read the full interview and see the brand-new photoshoot in the all-new free NME, available nationwide on October 30 and on Find out where you can get your copy from the full list of pick-up points.

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