NO ARM DONE
Charlize Theron takes on the Road Warrior
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!