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Ben Hardy teases what's in store for his character Angel in X-Men: Apocalypse

2016-04-25
From the streets of Walford to Hollywood star; Ben Hardy has joined X-Men: Apocalypse as conflicted billionaire playboy Angel - and in Attitude's Summer issue (available to download now and in shops this Wednesday) the 25-year-old tells us what's in store for the character in the eagerly-anticipated superhero blockbuster. "In terms of my character, Angel is quite angry and I put that down to him being an outsider" Ben says. "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." Asked whether Angel's physical appearance plays into his feeling of alienation, Ben continues: "Yeah he can't hide [his mutation]. I think that's definitely a part of it. But I mean I can't really say too much without giving away parts of the storyline, which is annoying, but I think that's definitely part of it. "When we first see him in the film, without saying too much, he's in a position and a place where he's kind of being used for his mutant powers." BEN COVER He adds: "I don't think he necessarily starts off as a villain, but I don't necessarily start off as good. He's kind of neutral, I would say. I think the audience are really gonna like the transformation." You can read the Ben’s full interview and check out his stunning new shoot in the new issue of Attitude, available to download a digital download from pocketmags.com/attitude. It’s in shops next Wednesday (April 27), and print copies are available to order from newsstand.co.uk. X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 18. Also in Attitude’s Summer Issue, alongside all your usual news, reviews, fitness & travel:
    • In a special feature we examine the issue of race, the LGBT community and the media, to see what’s working and what’s not.
    • Nathan Sykes talks life after The Wanted, touring with the Little Mix ladies and his ever-growing gay fanbase.
    • Welsh actor Alexander Vlahos gives us the scoop on BBC2’s new graphic, gay sex-filled French period drama Versailles.
    • We catch up with star of The Voice and Kinky Boots Matt Henry, fresh off his ‘Best Actor’ victory at last month’s Olivier Awards.
    • As Meryl Streep returns to the screen as Florence Foster Jenkins, we look back at the career of this modern Hollywood icon.
    • We put drag in focus with an exclusive look as the stunning images of Magnus Hastings’ new photo book Why Drag?
    • Bryan Sipe, wirter of Jake Gyllenhaal’s new film Demolition, tells Attitude about overcoming loss, personal identity, and why a gay teen was central to the film’s plot.
    • Former Dragon’s Den star and interior designer Kelly Hoppen sees whether she can pass for a homo in How Gay Are You?
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