News for the new Mad Max flick has been heating up. The media push for the ultra-violent, R rated, post-apocalyptic opus is reaching fevered levels.
Esquire magazine just released an interview with Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy. Though the article/interview covers many topics, here are some excerpts related to the new movie:
[box type=”download” align=”” class=”” width=””]Warner Bros wasn’t able to screen the film before Esquire went to press, but it’s not hard to imagine what convinced George Miller to cast Hardy. Rockatansky is a character who says little – Hardy estimates he has between four and 20 lines in the whole of Fury Road – but still wrestles with the weightiest questions. At the end of the first film, which came out in 1979, Max’s wife and child are killed. (“You always wonder, why doesn’t he just top himself?” says Hardy.) But in this dusty, post-apocalyptic world where fuel and water are scarce and empathy even scarcer, Max is a character “who has humanity within him still, despite the hopelessness of his environment. He has no home and he has no hope, but he’s reluctant to give in.”
As for the pressure, Hardy says it’s enormous. “I’ve never been more excited and out of my comfort zone.” He’s seen the film, and says it’s “fucking unbelievable”. He’s attached to a further three Mad Max films, though as he says, “Everything’s based on figures and how things are perceived. Inevitably it’s a business.”
“We were in the middle of nowhere,” says Hardy, “so far away from the studio system that [Warner Bros] can’t really see what’s going on, and just getting things to and from the set was a nightmare. We’d lose half a vehicle in sand and have to dig it out. It was just this unit in the middle of x-million square-kilometres of desert, and then this group of lunatics in leathers, like a really weird S&M party, or a Hell’s Angels convention. It was like Cirque du Soleil meets fucking Slipknot.”
Miller, who has described this film as “a Western on wheels”, had essentially devised a two-hour-long car chase across the desert, of which as little as possible was to be rendered in CGI. Despite the extensive safety precautions there were, says Hardy, a lot of accidents. “Luckily nobody died.”
- Hardy is attached to three more Mad Max films, assuming the film does well enough. This is where the risks of a $150 million budget tied to an R rating comes to play. It’s possible we could get additional sequels to this reboot, but they would be scaled back to meet some sort of revised budget target. A good barometer of this is Vin Diesel’s Riddick movies. They’re still happening, but the budgets are scaled way back. Diesel looks at playing the character of Riddick with passion. It’s something he’s interested in, seemingly despite the paycheck. Will Hardy feel the same about Max Rockatansky if budget dollars begin to dry up when serious sequel talks commence?
- The story seems tied to the fact that the murder of his wife and child in the first Mad Max is still with him, even in a world gone mad. So when Max gets caught up, by choice or happenstance, in a struggle where women have become merely objects for procreation, his empathy kicks in.
- Max only has about 20 lines of dialogue, tops. Seems legit from what I’ve seen from the trailer. Mad Max: Fury Road seem light on dialogue and heavy on mayhem. Stories can tell still be told with action . . . if it’s done right.
- As little as possible was rendered in CGI. You have no idea how good this makes me feel. After slogging through The Hobbit movies that, at times, felt like watching a horribly rendered 3D cartoon, the news that Mad Max has gone the route of using predominantly practical special effects makes me have even more hope for this movie
- “Luckily nobody died.” I made the exact same statement after see the latest trailer. This movie looks bonkers.
Ultimately I’m a bit skeptical that we will ever see a sequel, let alone three. Having a budget that large tied to an R rating makes the future of any franchise tenuous at best. But stranger things have happened. It’s not called Hollyweird for nothing.
And here’s the latest trailer again . . . because epic.
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