A couple of years ago the very handsome Ben Hardy was known only for playing Peter Beale in UK soap Eastenders. Not long after he hit television screen though, Hollywood came sniffing around, with his name coming up in connection with some big roles.
He was first mentioned in connection with X-Men: Apocalypse when we was on the shortlist to play the new Cyclops, before director Bryan Singer cast him as Angel. With the film in cinemas on Wednesday, it’s a good chance to take at the 25-year-old from his recent shoot with Attitude.
Ben also speaks about how the parallels between the X-Men mutants and LGBT permeates the film series, saying, “I remember [director Bryan Singer] saying that was one of the attractions of doing the first X-Men film. He felt it was something that could relate to those movement and to that kid at school who doesn’t feel like he belongs, doesn’t feel like a part of society, feels like an outcast, or feeling like they’re not a part of society.
“In terms of my character, Angel is quite angry and I put that down to him being an outsider. People who don’t get looked after enough can end up being very angry and I feel like this is where Angel’s anger comes from and maybe that gives him the potential to transform and become one of the villains.”
Take a look at some of the pics from Ben’s shoot below. Click on them for larger versions.