Nicholas Hoult took up knitting to pass the time while filming 'Mad Max'.

The 'Jack the Giant Slayer' star become ''obsessed'' with the gentle pastime while he shot the action reboot in Africa alongside Tom Hardy, and he got so good at it during his seven months away from home he managed to create eight items of clothing.

He revealed: ''A make-up artist taught me. I've stopped. Although I did become obsessed with it.

''I made two scarves, a snood and five hats. It was such a masculine set.''

While the 23-year-old star - who shot to fame in 2002 comedy-drama 'About a Boy' alongside Hugh Grant - has gone on to have a distinguished acting career, he didn't always think the big screen would be his calling and used to get easily distracted on set.

He added to Radio Times magazine: ''I really enjoyed making 'About a Boy'. But if there was a cricket game going on next door, I'd be more interested in playing in that than doing the scene. It wasn't like I was thinking, 'Oh, this is gonna be a career, let's focus on acting.' ''