A Minute With: Nicholas Hoult on being 'brainwashed' by 'Mad Max'

Wed May 13, 2015 3:15pm EDT
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nicholas Hoult was born four years after the third "Mad Max" film hit theaters in 1985, but that didn't mean he missed out on the lasting influence of the adrenaline-fueled, post-apocalyptic saga.

"All these films I've seen, I suddenly saw where their ideas came from or where it all sprung from - the brilliant mind of George Miller," he said.

Hoult, 25, talked to Reuters about the intensity of playing War Boy Nux in Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road," out in U.S. theaters on Friday. Below are excerpts from the interview.

Q: The War Boys are willing to die for their leader. How did you connect with that mentality?

A: There was this interesting process behind the scenes, with Hugh Keays-Byrne who plays (leader) Immortan Joe. There would be about 150 stunt guys and there was a training center and gym where everyone would do group sessions where they would learn and feel what it meant to be a War Boy in that time. Hugh would come along and be the leader and he'd repeat nursery rhymes and everyone would chant with him and it became a little bit of this odd cult thing.

You're thrust into this environment which is really immersive, then it kind of makes it easy to believe all those things.

Q: It's almost as if you were brainwashed.   Continued...

 
Cast member Nicholas Hoult poses at the premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" in Hollywood, California May 7, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on May 15.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni