During his audition for Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy went to great lengths to get the role. Quit spitting on his competitor.
In the mausoleum of pilgrimages for moviegoers and moviegoers, Mad Max: Fury Road holds a good place with its explosive road movie, and its gangs of motorized barbarians in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. That of one of the best action films, desert and uninhibited, at a time when Tom Hardy was in the odor of sanctity. Like all of our favorite treats, we’ve grown to appreciate it a little more every day, and the many on-set anecdotes that have surfaced since only add to that sentiment.
And in the pantheon of filming stories revealed a decade or so later, we just learned how Tom Hardy got the role of Max in George Miller’s film. This story is taken from the soon-to-be-released book, Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Roadand reported by vulnerability.
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Quickly, the choice of the actor embodying the main character narrowed around a handful of cadors told the casting director Ronna Kress: “For Max, we were hesitating between Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Renner, Armie Hammer – and then there are also the people we didn’t even cast. Joel Kinnaman didn’t even have a US agent at the time, he just came out of Scandinavia”.
Eventually, it was just Jeremy Renner, Tom Hardy and Armie Hammer vying for the role. In a final audition, Tom Hardy and Armie Hammer were summoned to read the text opposite each other. This is when the 44-year-old British actor allegedly spat on his direct competitorin a total trance in the character of Max.
Come back and make good action movies, Tom, please.
The transcript of the hearing suggests that Armie Hammer told George Miller that he was throwing in the towel, convinced that Tom Hardy needed to be Max. The director will confide as follows: “I had the same feeling about Tom [Hardy] than the one I had when Mel Gibson appeared in front of me: there was this kind of charm on the edge of the knife, the charisma of an animal. […] You never know what’s going on in the depths of these people, and yet they’re absolutely attractive.”
Obviously, the rest is history, from the hectic filming between George Miller, Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy to the commercial success of the film, which will manage to exceed 430 million receipts taking into account physical sales. The film has since risen as a monument of action cinema and it is not very surprising.
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Mad Max: Fury Road – Tom Hardy spat on Armie Hammer for the casting