Nicholas Hoult is fucking brilliant in this role. How is such a malignant character so enjoyable?

  1. absolutely elite comedic acting! his timing and facial expressions/body language really elevate the performance for me into the realm of being major award-worthy. can't even count how many times i've rewinded to catch small details

  2. Absolutely agree with you. Especially body language. He is so unburdened in some ways, yet you can sense the emotional baggage of a nightmarish upbringing on him all the time. You see it in his gait, his face, etc. Epic acting. It's a crime he didn't get an Emmy for S1.

  3. It’s incredible writing but he’s doing it the most justice. Like how you could have amazing choreography that anyone with decent talent will make look good, but only an exceptional dancer will elevate it to another level. For me it’s how he walks this tightrope between loathsome and lovable and it flips within a matter of seconds but never loses any of the charm. You truly cannot help but love him.

  4. Maybe he's got DiCaprio-Pitt syndrome, you know that one disease where a male actor is underrated because he's physically attractive 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

  5. Some actors do justice to the writing and some elevate the material even further. I know what Holt and co are doing, especially Nicholas. As far as entertaining villains, he is up there with Hans Gruber in my mind.

  6. He is incredible! I think it's just that he does such an incredible job of really being believable as a whole, damaged person. Like sometimes he's pitiful. Other times he's joyful. When he's clueless, it's completely believable. When he talks about his childhood, it's usually funny but also heartbreaking. Add in perfect comedic timing and just spot on delivery of every line and it's amazing.

  7. The dialogue written for Elle Fanning in season one when she sits across the table from him and says that she's fond of him pretty much sums up how we feel ..

  8. I knew he was good when he was on Skins but I discovered how hilarious he was when he did Warm Bodies. He played a zombie so he had to rely on micro-expressions to convey whatever he wanted to say.

  9. I think they’ll keep him on the show. I can’t remember where I’ve read it but the show runner apparently writes as the show goes along, as filming goes along, based on how chemistry between actors is and what’s working well. In season 1 there’s definitely much more of a sense of Peter not being around forever, but season 2 softens him and develops his and Catherine’s relationship to be the focal point of the show because of the chemistry between Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult. I can easily see them keeping him around until the final or penultimate season. That may limit the shelf life of the show though; you can only keep the charade going for so long.

  10. I had this momentary flash that maybe they'll invert the Pugachev story. They'll frame Pugachev as Peter's death, and Peter lives on sort of anonymously as Peter somewhere.

  11. He is amazing! Season 2 also happens to be the first time I've ever thought Nicholas Hoult was attractive. He is just so magnetic in this role.

  12. Suffice to say, to me he's been attractive the whole time, I just felt guilty about feeling that way, lol. Peter is a pretty monster, with a tortured soul, and marvelous depths. That is why he is far more dangerous than Joffrey and Ramsay Bolton from Game of Thrones ever were.

  13. I think his character is written to be endearing in a way, so while he is obnoxious, abusive, mercurial, violent, he is also very child-like and has an innocent and pure heart, like how he is so fascinated by truffle hunting, how he is so in love with Catherine and Paul etc., how he loves food and gave up his throne because he is physically hungry, how he is still bothered by his childhood and about his dead parents and what they think about him. All these makes him endearing. I think the acting is great but it is not the acting that makes it endearing. It is the way the character is being written and portrayed as someone violent and mercurial, yet has an innocent and simple pleasures, and insecurities like everyone else.

  14. I see your point. The writing is absolutely necessary to make the character what he is, but there is also much more to acting than speaking words and following stage direction. Furtive glances, facial twinges, near-imperceptible changes in breathing - there is only so much space in the script for that to all be written and the director isn't going to micromanage every scene. Much of Peter comes from Hoult's interpretation of the writing, in my opinion. At least we both like the character!

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