‘Jack and the Giant Slayer’ Five Film Facts
Ian McShane, Ewan McGregor, Nicholas Hoult & Eleanor Tomlinson in Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Jack the Giant Slayer'
Fairy tale flicks have been fairly ubiquitous lately, but if you think you’ve seen the last of them, then you don’t know jack. The latest legend to get the effects-heavy Hollywood tune-up is “Jack the Giant Slayer,” director Bryan Singer’s gargantuan take on the old “Jack and the Beanstalk” tale as well as the decidedly darker fable, “Jack the Giant Killer”. We all know Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor will do their best to charm those pesky giants into submission, but here’s Five Facts about the film you might not know.
1. Nicholas Hoult headlined his first big hit less than a month ago when “Warm Bodies” won the weekend box office. And considering the competition, it seems Hoult is likely poised to do it again. Not bad for his first two leading roles. If you guessed the quirky kid with the bowl-cut from “About a Boy” (2002) would grow up to be a leading man, then really ought to be a talent scout. You can get a sense Hoult's leading man abilities in the trailer above.
Mark Valley & Nicholas Hoult in 'Keen Eddie'. Photo by Everett Collection.
2. In 2007, while working on the TV series “Keen Eddie,” 13-year-old Hoult was filming a scene that found him dangling from a bridge, strapped to a chair 20 feet above the ground. A double-decker bus was supposed to stop inches from Hoult, but while his mum, Glenis, was watching, the bus braked too late and slammed into the boy. Hoult’s leg went through a window. Luckily, no significant injuries occurred and the production, as well as Hoult’s life and career, resumed.