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17 Times Nicholas Hoult Was Your Big, Blue Crush As The X-Men's Beast

T'was beauty that killed the Beast.

Say it ain't so, Hank!

The upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse" could well be the last time we see Nicholas Hoult sporting furry blue makeup as brilliant mutant scientist Hank McCoy, alias Beast, according to the actor himself. "This is the last one I'm signed up for," he tells E! Online, though he adds that he's not necessarily opposed to making more.

Still, it's worth considering the possibility that Hoult's Hank McCoy days are a thing of future past, if only to prepare ourselves for that eventual outcome — however far away it might be. With that in mind, let's officially declare today Beast Appreciation Day, as we recount the reasons why we love the big, blue, bespectacled hero:

  1. Hank looks good in a lab coat.
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  2. He looks good in a brown coat.
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  3. He looks good on a couch.
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  4. He looks good upside down.
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  5. He looks weird with his shoes off…
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  6. But you know what they say about big feet!
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  7. We love him when he's mad…
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  8. Even if everyone can't say the same.
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  9. We love when he's pals with Wolverine…
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  10. And we love when he's not pals with Wolverine.
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  11. Every time he gets close with Mystique…
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  12. It makes us want to scream around the house.
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  13. Whether you need him to fly your plane…
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  14. Or you need him in a street fight…
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  15. Hank McCoy is always there when you need him most.
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  16. Even though he's great in the future…
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  17. We hope Hank's past remains our present.
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