TAK­ING IT TO THE MAX

TOM HARDY GETS BE­HIND THE WHEEL

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Mad Max - Joseph McCabe

Char­l­ize Theron has said that there wasn’t re­ally a script for Mad Max: Fury Road, that it was all in Ge­orge Miller’s mind. How did that work?

He’d sto­ry­boarded the en­tire movie. I mean I’ve read comics, I like comic books. But I’d never seen a comic book like this, about 300 pages long. Ev­ery sin­gle frame of the film. Ev­ery frame. He had this film edited in his head long be­fore we met him. So he didn’t have to down­load all of that in­for­ma­tion. There was a script. But it was wild, you know, be­cause it changed ev­ery day. How de­tailed was his vi­sion for the film?

Ev­ery sin­gle car is a char­ac­ter to Ge­orge. You know, ev­ery sin­gle wheel. Ev­ery sin­gle prop is a mean­ing­ful prop. There’s noth­ing ex­tra­ne­ous. If Ge­orge could ac­count for ev­ery grain of sand that flew through the win­dow, he would have it do the same thing, the same way, again. He’d la­bel that and bring it back. Be­cause that was a very good piece of sand! Since your Max doesn’t rely heav­ily on dia­logue, how did you de­velop his body lan­guage?

I al­ways wanted to play him as a slightly old man in a cardi­gan that’s just had enough re­ally. And he wants to go home and sit down with his dog and watch the telly. But he hasn’t got a home, and he hasn’t got a telly and he doesn’t have a dog. There’s noth­ing but si­lence, pain, and de­struc­tion. So he hasn’t spo­ken for a long time. It’s al­most like this is Wile E Coyote [ laughs].

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