Romantic zombie Nicholas Hoult talks 'Warm Bodies'

Rob Corddry, right, and Nicholas Hoult in a

Rob Corddry, right, and Nicholas Hoult in a scene from "Warm Bodies." (Credit: Rob Corddry, right, and Nicholas Hoult in a scene from "Warm Bodies." )

Based on the track record of supernatural movies from Summit Entertainment - makers of the "Twilight" films - Nicholas Hoult is not only going to be a star, but he'll also be a surefire heartthrob.

But Hoult, the star of the new zombie romance film "Warm Bodies," about a undead named R who starts to come back to life after falling for a girl, has no intention of preparing for hordes of screaming young girls.

"I think that it would be kind of silly to prepare for," Hoult says. "It's one of those things where you never know how well a film is going to do. It's one that I'm very proud of and hope people will see and enjoy, but I don't expect any of that sort of stuff."

Heartthrob or not, no one can deny that the 23-year-old British actor is poised for a breakout year. After starring in "About a Boy" as a youngster, he landed the role of "Beast" in "X-Men: First Class" in 2011. Now he's got "Warm Bodies," coming out Friday, and he's also got the lead role in Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer," out March 1. Next year, he'll resume his hirsute Beast gig for the sequel "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
amNewYork spoke with Hoult.

Were you concerned that people would think "Warm Bodies" is "just another zombie movie"? No, not at all. I think in many ways, this fits into the zombie genre, but it's also very different and a fresh look at it. I haven't see a film before where it's told from the zombie's point of view... With films like "Shaun of the Dead" and "Zombieland," they were already pushing the genre in a more comedic way, and to keep that humor about it, and add a little romance and more action and stuff - I thought that was a really good idea.

"Warm Bodies" is being compared to the "Twilight" movies. Do you think that's fair? I figure there is going to be some comparisons, because of the romantic element to it. Those films are very successful, and you've got to take it as a compliment from that point of view. If any of the fans of that franchise like this, then that's great news.

How did you get ready to play a zombie? We went through a little zombie training with a guy from Cirque du Soleil... The walk is just a little bit of a slow shuffle. The run is more tricky.

Did you do the "Thriller" dance when you were zombied up? You know what, I didn't do the "Thriller" dance, and I regret now that you say it. I did do a good dance when I was doing "X-Men" in the Beast costume. I did a dance to "Beat It," which is quite a good video.

Having done this film, how would you prepare for the zombie apocalypse? I don't think you can really prepare for it in many ways. You'd have to go through some sort of combat training or survival training. I mean, apart [from] that, or holing yourself up in a bunker or something, there's not much you can do. I've learned how to make a fire - with sticks.


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