Hoult, Palmer talk brains and more for 'Warm Bodies'


TERESA PALMER and NICHOLAS HOULT star in WARM BODIES Ph: Jan Thijs (c) 2012 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.

ATLANTA -- While sitting in the W Hotel -- Buckhead, Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer share a normal discussion between friends: eating brains.

"It was like a sweet, gritty cake," he said. "They were pretty good, pretty tasty I must say."

Palmer added with a laugh, "They smelled good."

It's not as weird as you think. The two were in Atlanta promoting their new movie, "Warm Bodies." It follows the story of a zombie named R (played by Hoult and eats brains, naturally) who saves Julie (Palmer) from being devoured by the undead, which develops into a relationship that causes change in the area.

The movie is based off of Isaac Marion's novel with the same title and takes place around our time, instead of looking into the far future.

"It could be 10 years from now," Palmer said. "I think Isaac Marion wanted to say that this could be our reality 10 or 20 years from now. It's meant to be around this time."

Although there are zombies, it's not explained how they got that way or why.

"(Director Jonathan Levine) was always trying to keep it realistic," Hoult said. "It never explains the apocalypse. And my character has no memory of how he got his way, that's why his name is R because he can't remember his own name. He tries to explain it, but can't explain it because he has no memory."

But it seems like the filmmaker and author didn't want to go into details about the supposed epidemic. It was more about human reactions.

"We didn't want to focus on (how things got this way)," Palmer said. "It was more about this developing connection between the two of us and how love breathes life back into people -- that's what I think the message is for 'Warm Bodies.'"

The Australian actress makes the flick sound mushy, but in reality, the two couldn't keep a straight face on set.

"I was laughing throughout this whole film," Hoult said, who learned his cryptic ways by attending zombie camp.

"Sometimes I couldn't even look at his face," Palmer said about her fellow actor. "If it were my close up, I'd just be talking to his arm because his facial expressions were funny and comedic -- in an endearing way."

But can you blame them? The entire cast was dirty, covered in makeup and smattered in fake blood during the entire shoot.

"The blood was chunky and sticky like glue," Palmer said. "I had it stuck in my hair -- it dyed my hair pink. By the end of the movie, I had a huge chunk of pink hair."

At the end of the day, Hoult believes that the charming story between human and zombie can teach every one a lesson about life: slow down.

"Being a zombie wasn't that different from when he was a human," he said. "We are swept up in technology and the fast-paced life that we don't sometimes stop and smell the roses. Just enjoy it."

The film "Warm Bodies" opens today.