Char­l­ize Theron takes on the Road War­rior

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How did the phys­i­cal­ity of the per­for­mance – the hair, the arm – ben­e­fit you as an ac­tor?

It’s re­ally so help­ful. It’s al­ways a great start­ing point when you walk into ma­te­rial where you don’t nec­es­sar­ily have that right off the bat, be­cause you can kind of start from the out­side, and then re­alise how that in­flu­ences the in­side. Be­cause of the pros­thetic arm, were you only act­ing with one hand at a time?

There were mo­ments where I would sneak my real hand out and use that, and Ge­orge [ Miller] would be like, “You can’t do that…” I think the hard­est time was when I didn’t have the arm with the fight scene. It’s hard to get your­self off the ground some­times when you’re in the throes of a big fight scene, the adren­a­line’s pump­ing and you’re just try­ing to be an an­i­mal sur­viv­ing. Did you get sick when you were shoot­ing in Namibia?

Yeah, there were some se­vere in­juries and ill­nesses go­ing round, and de­hy­dra­tion was a big one – I think I lost two days on de­hy­dra­tion. It was phys­i­cally a very tough movie. We all got real in­juries and stuff. You have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing fear­less…

I don’t think of my­self as fear­less. I’m a pussy! If any­thing, I try my best to be open- minded. But there’s part of me now that’s very much an adult. Now I think [ be­fore do­ing stunts]. I could tell some crazy Aus­tralian guy would think I was a baby – I don’t care!

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