StudioADI has provided us with a fascinating look at actor Nicholas Hoult’s transformation into X-Men: First Class’s big blue Beast.
This behind-the-scenes video—worthy of any Face Off episode—shows the painstaking labor that goes into Warm Bodies actor Hoult’s cool (and frankly somewhat claustrophobic) transformation in this X-Men: First Class makeup test.
"Director Matthew Vaughan really gravitated towards the more lion-like versions of the Marvel Comic Beast. He wanted a clean break from the Kelsey Grammer version. Fur was in, hair was out. Any version of Beast that featured human head hair was too 'rock star', so ADI and Dave and Lou Elsey kept the palette to the feline textures.
Some warm tone break up was introduced to make the skin tone less monochromatic and more alive. The studio stepped in during post production and digitally removed the naturalistic color break up in favor of a more straight forward blue." - Alec Gillis
How do you like Hoult’s transformation process into Beast? Do you think you could actually undergo such a transformation yourself?
Hoult's Beast will be back in director Bryan Singer's eagerly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past on May 24, 2014.