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Many actors gain a following because they are easy to recognize from movie to movie and they usually play in the same types of genres. But every now and then, an actor comes along that's so good that he or she disappears into various roles in different genres (sometimes with the help of make-up). You can watch a movie with that actor and not even know it.

Such is the case with Nicholas Hoult. Do you recognize him? You will in a minute.

Hoult is an English actor who started acting in 1992, when he was three years old. Over the next 24 years, he made 23 movies. He started gaining popular recognition in the United States when he played Eusebios in 2010's Clash of the Titans.

Hoult has steadily been gaining popularity in America, and has been getting bigger Hollywood roles. In order to appreciate the range of characters that Hoult plays, let's look at three very different movies, and the scenes in which Nicholas Hoult was introduced to audiences.

X-Men: First Class (2011)

Many Americans consider 2011's X-Men: First Class to be Hoult's mainstream breakout movie. He plays Hank McCoy, one of the founding members of the X-Men. He's a genius, and kind of nerdy, and he has feet that can act like hands. He has the power to transform into a blue feline beast. And he can still wear his glasses.

Here's the scene where Nicholas Hoult is introduced to the other X-Men characters.

After playing a genius scientist, Hoult went in the opposite direction. He decided to play a dead teenager that eats brains instead of having them.

Warm Bodies (2013)

Warm Bodies is a romantic zombie comedy. Yes, you read that right. It's based on a young adult novel. Hoult plays the lead character, known only as 'R'. He's an emo zombie that wanders around an airport, trying to think about life. One day R absorbs a guy's thoughts and memories by eating his brains, and then he falls in love with the dead guy's girlfriend. Yes, you read that right.

Here's the first four minutes of Warm Bodies, where we meet R. Remember, this is the same actor that played Beast in the X-Men

After that, he took a role where almost nobody recognized him. He underwent such a transformation in terms of costume, make-up, and attitude, that he literally disappeared into his character of a futuristic death punk.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

In the fourth Mad Max movie, Hoult plays a War Boy named Nux. War Boys are the radiation-poisoned army of a violently ugly tyrant named Immortan Joe, who is the head of a vehicle-fetish death cult. Joe promises the War Boys that if they are brave and strong and die in battle, they will go to Valhalla. Nux really wants to go to Valhalla, so he does the best he can to get Immortan Joe's approval.

Here's the scene where we meet Nux - he's sick and needs a blood transfusion to stay healthy. So he is hooked up to Max, a prisoner that serves as an unwilling blood donor.

Hoult's character here is about as different from the other two characters as its possible to get.

If you haven't been paying attention to Nicholas Hoult before, then it's time you start. He has three more movies coming out in the next year.

Do you have a favorite star that plays a wide range of roles?


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