MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

George Miller di­rec­tor

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What did it feel like to go back to the world of Mad Max after 30 years?

It was in­ter­est­ing to me, com­ing back after do­ing an­i­ma­tions, be­cause there’s an in­tensely strange, masochis­tic ex­hil­a­ra­tion to do­ing live- ac­tion movies in a desert where you’re crash­ing cars ev­ery day and risk­ing things that can go hor­ri­bly wrong un­less you’re re­ally, re­ally, re­ally rig­or­ous to pull off the stunts and all the ac­tion se­quences and keep ev­ery­one safe. That hap­pened for us, but it took a lot of work to do that.

Why did you choose Tom Hardy to re­place Mel Gib­son as Max?

When I first met Mel there was a qual­ity about him: on the one hand you wanted to get to re­ally know him, he’s very love­able; on the other hand, there was an el­e­ment of dan­ger and un­pre­dictabil­ity. There is that qual­ity: that para­dox­i­cal thing that gives th­ese ac­tors charisma. It’s al­ways the para­dox. The mo­ment I saw Tom and en­gaged with him, he felt very much like that as an ac­tor. It felt to me like Mel did all those years ago.

How did you con­ceive Char­l­ize Theron’s character, Fu­riosa, and how did she help shape the part?

She’s the boss of one of th­ese oil rigs, a big truck. She’s es­sen­tially a fe­male road war­rior. But un­like Max, she has pur­pose. Max is run­ning from his past and his bet­ter na­ture, so he wants to be alone. She’s very strong. We wanted some­one who’s un­mis­tak­ably a woman, and she’s a hard­core war­rior.

Char­l­ize has the abil­ity and the pas­sion as an ac­tor to go there with­out fear. I think there’s a character that we haven’t seen be­fore. When you’re cast­ing, you’re sort of look­ing for some­one who breaks up those di­men­sions of the char­ac­ters where there’s over­lap with the ac­tual per­son.

RE­LEASED

15 May

DI­REC­TOR

George Miller

STARS

Tom Hardy, Ni­cholas Hoult, Char­l­ize Theron, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Hunt­ing­ton- White­ley

THE PITCH

Tom Hardy pulls on Mel Gib­son’s leather jacket as cre­ator George Miller “re­vis­its” the Oz-poca­lypse for the first time in three decades.

Kids th­ese days, tak­ing “ghost rid­ing the whip” to whole new lev­els.

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