‘X-Men: First Class’ brings together the epic scale and action of a summer blockbuster with a character-driven story that unveils the beginning of the X-Men saga, when Charles Xavier met Erik Lehnsherr. Before Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers. Before they were archenemies they were the closest of friends, working together and with other mutants to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. ‘X-Men: First Class’ is available on DVD and Blu-ray now in the US, and October 31st in the UK.

How would you describe your character?

Nicholas Hoult: I play Hank McCoy, also known as Beast. For part of the movie he’s a young, geeky scientist who’s very clever and inventive. But also he’s quite nervous and not the best at communicating with other people. He’s very embarrassed with his ape-like feet, which he hides. Also, like with all the mutants in the X-Men stories, there’s that thing about feeling alone and feeling like a freak I suppose, feeling like he doesn’t fit in to society and that no one understands him, he’s also got that. Then when he forms with the other X-Men: First Class he finds other people like him, who understand him.

The films basically the young relationship between Magneto and Charles Xavier. It’s their relationship and before they had their separate views on what mutants should be and how they should fit into the world and society. It also revolves around Sebastian Shaw and his band of evil mutants. He wants to eradicate human kind basically, he believes they are sub-class so he wants to create an atomic war to remove humans from the face of he earth. Then the newly formed X-Men are there to try and prevent that from happening.

Raven has a very interesting and complex relationship with Charles, also just her being accepting of herself.

Jennifer Lawrence: Yeah, she has kind of convoluted feelings with him. He’s really the only man in her life, she loves him and they’re like brother and sister but at the same time I think there’s a tiny tiny bit of a crush, so there’s probably a little bit of jealousy. They’re best friends, she gets a little protective and jealous.

I think she goes through, like any insecure teenager would with any secret, I think she’s learned to live with it, because she’s had to, but she hasn’t really owned it yet. She’s mostly ashamed of it. What I like about the movie is that she slowly starts to realise that it is a blessing and that she should be proud of it. Slowly she grows into it and starts to really be proud of it.

Nicholas Hoult: It’s that thing where everyone, especially as a teenager or a kid, probably the scariest feeling in life is to feel alone. For all these guys that’s what being a mutant is like, it’s this dark secret that is stopping you from having the life you wish and it makes you feel very isolated. That’s what it’s for Hank.

Charles Xavier is a real mentor to your character in the film.

Nicholas Hoult: As Charles says in the film he has to release the beast within. There’s that thing where he has been trying to suppress it and not own up to it, there’s that thing where if you don’t approach something head on and confront it, it’s not real almost. Charles, like with most of the young characters in the film, he makes them confront what they’re most afraid of and their mutant powers, he teaches them to control them and use them for good.

What themes interested you with ‘X-Men: First Class’?

Jennifer Lawrence: The fact that everybody evolves in the film. That’s one of my favourite things in movies and every script I read – how characters evolve, how a specific character evolves, or how a story evolves. Each character goes through a huge evolution period in this film. At the beginning a lot of us are isolated, we felt all alone, then all of a sudden being really together, joining together and becoming these really iconic figures of X-Men, then that separates. It’s fascinating, people choosing sides but you get to see why.