Mad Max: Fury Road – 97% was George Miller’s triumphant return to the post-apocalyptic world that he himself had created in the late 1970s. He was 30 years old since he made the last movie about that character. Expectations were high and he managed to exceed them all. In fact, a curious anecdote in that regard is that when the awards season arrived, Warner did not imagine that this film was going to be nominated for several; At the time of producing it, it was not expected that it would be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture and that Miller would be nominated for Best Director. For the same reason, it was not in their original plans to campaign for him that season, but they had to.
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Something that also took everyone by surprise was to realize that the protagonist of the film is not actually Mad Max. No. It can be argued that this role was actually played by Imperator Furiosa, better known simply as Furiosa. If we think about it, that is in the title of the tape itself. That’s exactly what Tom Hardy just talked about in an interview for the magazine Esquire (via IndieWire). In it, he praised the director for expanding the sequel beyond a single character. In fact, he basically said that that tape was a passing the baton from one protagonist to another:
In the end it’s a movie about Furiosa, which is fantastic. “Fury Road” Furiosa. It was in the title. It was interesting how it developed. If you look at it now, it was actually, in a sense, a courier change, from Mad Max to Furiosa. That is what they are filming now. Furious It was a very well implemented changing of the guard. Miller still has Mad Max, but he has split his story into two characters and that’s really, really cool.
You have to remember that, at some point, the director had said that he was going to shoot a movie called Mad Max: Furiosa that he was going to focus on the adventures of that new character. We do not know if that will happen in the future. What we are going to see in a couple of years is a prequel focused on that character and that is simply going to be called Angry. She was referring to Hardy in this interview.
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It is interesting to think that Miller decided to expand her universe by creating a strong female character for her film. That has been one of the most praised aspects of this film and in that sense it is not surprising that the actor sees it as a great move on the part of the director.
It should be remembered that he and Charlize Theron had their differences during the filming of the tape. In fact, they both talked about that in an interview for The New York Times some time ago. Both talked about their shortcomings during that shoot. This is what the actress said:
In hindsight, I didn’t have enough empathy to really understand what [Hardy] it must have felt like stepping on Mel Gibson’s shoes. It’s frightening! And I think because of my own fear we were putting up walls to protect ourselves instead of saying to each other, ‘This is scary for you and it is scary for me too.’ Let’s be nice to each other. ‘ In a weird way we were functioning like our characters – it was all about survival.
And this is what the actor said:
I agree. The pressure on the two was overwhelming on several occasions. What she needed was a better partner, perhaps someone with more experience. That is something that cannot be faked. I’d like to think that now that I’m older and uglier I might be up to the task.