This weekend was a big promotion fest for a lot of summer film’s including Christopher Nolan’s latest, Inception. Over at Collider, they got to sit in on an interview with one of its stars who happens to be the successor to George Miller’s long running Mad Max franchise. We’re talking about British actor Tom Hardy, who’ll go from suits to shotguns when he starts working on the project.
First off, the look that Hardy has in Inception will not transfer over onto Mad Max. The actor claims that he’s lost 30 pounds for the role and says he’ll look like “a hungry wolf” or a “puma.” Besides his character’s physical prowess, the biggest question everyone has on their minds is when will production begin. According to Hardy,
Hardy: I can’t say when I’m going to be in front of the cameras. I’m actually headed tonight to Australia to start some stunt-training. I’m training now. Even though I’m smoking. I’m meant to drop 30 pounds so smoking and one meal a day is my training at the moment. I’m going to start fighting soon. The harder stuff, as we get close to the line. I’ll probably get three or four months of fight training out there. Seven days a week. All that kind of horrible shit.
Speaking of the horrible yet imperative sh*t, the actor’s not sure if his character will have an Australian accent or not, which we think is blasphemy! How can you have Mad Max without it?!
Hardy: It’s up to people like George. I don’t know. I don’t know. Whatever suits the revisit. It would be bold for me to give you an honest answer now. I don’t know and a lot has to be left to the process. It depends on what feeds the project for the best of the project, always.
Overall, Mad Max Fury Road will be it’s own animal but will still find a way to pay homage to the original.
Hardy: It’s a relaunch and revisit to the world. An entire restructuring. That’s not to say that it’s not picking up or leaving off from the Mad Max you know already, but it’s a nice re-take on the entire world using the same character, depositing him in the same world but bringing him up to date by 30 years. Mel would be perfect for it but, for some reason, he’s not doing it and I am. You can expect the same amount of grit and rawness and authenticity and performance, I hope to deliver.
But that’s really the crux of me and George to deliver and all the other actors as the other characters. But also we have the new world afforded to filmmakers today with all the opportunities. I think the boys that did Lord of the Rings are involved. That kind of stuff as well. CGI is not going to be — I think it’s going to be much more about how you deal with action. These things are going to be really there. Big rigs, big explosions, big car crashes. Big violence, you know. It’s going to actually happen as opposed to doing a 2D turned to 3D screen. It’s going to be an adventure, let’s put it that way. We’re shooting for a year.
There you have it. This is the closest we’ve gotten to another Mad Max movie actually happening and it sounds like Miller has his stuff together. It’s been such a long time since the character and the landscape were visited. We hope everything goes off without a hitch.
What do you think of the development of Mad Max Fury Road? Are you interested in seeing the film?