Nicholas Hoult Talks About Playing JD Salinger In ‘Rebel In The Rye’ TODAY

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. >>> HARD TO BELIEVE IT BUT NICHOLAS HOULT SHOT TO STARDOM AS A GAWKY 12-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO ATTACHES HIMSELF TO HUGH GRANT. >> HE'S GROWN OUT OF HIS AWKWARD STAGE STARRING IN "SKINS" AND EPIC X MAN FRANCHISE. >> NOW ONE OF THE BIGGEST ROLES YET J.D. SALLINGER IN THE NEW MOVIE "REBEL IN THE RYE." GOOD MORNING. >> GOOD MORNING. THANKS FOR HAVING ME. >> YOU GUYS WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT HOW LONG AGO. >> 15 YEARS. >> 15 YEARS. >> HAS IT GONE BY PRETTY QUICKLY FOR YOU? >> YEAH, IT'S FLOWN BY. HERE I AM, VERY HAPPY. >> WAS IT WEIRD BECOMING FAMOUS AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE? >> YES AND NO. IT WAS LIKE AN ODD TRANSITION AT TIMES BUT NOT REALLY. I STILL STAYED AT SCHOOL, A NORMAL SCHOOL UNTIL I WAS 17. KIND OF IT WAS LIKE LIVING A DOUBLE LIFE. I WAS LIKE BRUCE WAYNE. I'D OCCASIONALLY GO OFF AND SHOOT A FILM AND THEN BACK TO SCHOOL AND BE NORMAL. >> "WARM BODIES" ONE OF MY FAVORITE ZOMBIE MOVIES EVER. LOVED YOU IN THAT MOVIE. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT, HE'S A ZOMBIE, FALLS IN LOVE WITH A GIRL, A LOVE STORY. >> CLASSIC "ROMEO AND JULIET." I DIDN'T HAVE MANY LINES TO LEARN FOR THAT MOVIE, I JUST GRUNTED. >> YOU'RE PLAYING THIS ICONIC PERSON IN AMERICAN LITERATURE, J.D. SALLINGER. WAS THAT INTIMIDATING? >> SO INTIMIDATING. THE MORE I LEARNED ABOUT HIM, THE MORE I FELT I HAD TO DO THE MAN JUSTICE. IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE SCRIPT HE WROTE. HE HAD SUCH AN INTENSE BUT REMARKABLE LIFE. HOW HE CAME TO CREATE HIS MASTERPIECES IS SUCH AN INCREDIBLE STORY. IT WAS A GREAT ONE TO TELL AND SOMETHING THAT HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL LOVE TO SEE. >> THERE'S NOT A LOT OF VIDEO OF HIM AS A PERSON. SO HOW DO YOU BE SOMEONE WHEN YOU CAN'T REALLY SEE HOW THEY WERE? >> IT'S INTERESTING. NOT LIKE DOING AN IMPRESSION, EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A REAL PERSON. YOU'RE NOT TRYING TO IMITATE A SPEECH PATTERN OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. YOU KIND OF LOOK WHERE THEY GROW UP AND TRY TO DEVELOP AN ACCENT AROUND THAT. I READ A LOT OF HIS NOVELS ALONGSIDE READING BIOGRAPHY AND PIECED THOSE TOGETHER AND TRIED TO CATCH THE ESSENCE OF WHAT HE STOOD FOR. HE WAS SO UNRELENTING IN HIS QUEST FOR TRUTH AND DEDICATED TO HISHIS ART. IT'S REALLY INSPIRING. >> YOU THINK SOME OF THAT CAME FROM HIS EXPERIENCES IN THE WAR, WORLD WAR II, HE DIDN'T HAVE TOLERANCE FOR PEOPLE'S BS? >> COMPLETELY. NO, COMPLETELY. HE SUFFERED PTSD AFTER THE WAR. THAT WAS A HUGE PART OF HIS WRITING AND IT GOES INTO IT. SO ALL THOSE THINGS WERE PARTS OF HIS LIFE I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT BEFORE READING THE SCRIPT AND THEN RESEARCHING THE FILM. IT WAS VERY INTERESTING TO LEARN ABOUT. >> WE ACTUALLY HAVE A PICTURE OF YOU ON THE SET OF MAD MAX KNITTING. IS THAT WHAT YOU LIKE TO DO BETWEEN TAKES? >> YOU KNOW WHAT, I DID ON THA MOVIE. THAT WAS MY THING BETWEEN SETUPS. ON THAT MOVIE I KNITTED. I KIND OF PICK UP DIFFERENT HOBBIES DEPENDING ON THE MOVIE. THIS, WE BELIEVE IN THE RYE, WE DID THREE-MINUTE ART. WE WOULD FIND FAMOUS PIECES OF ART AND WE'D HAVE THREE MINUTES WITH CRAYONS TO TRY TO RECREATE THEM. >> REALLY? ARE YOU AN ARTIST AT ALL? >> NO, HORRENDOUS. WHEN SARAH PAULSON CAME IN AND SHE WALKED INTO THE MAKEUP TRAILER AND THERE WAS CRAYON DRAWINGS AROUND. SHE WAS SO CONFUSED. SHE THOUGHT THERE WAS AN OVERPROUD PARENTS

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