US Release Date: 5/15/15
George Miller, the director of Mad Max: Fury Road and the man behind the earlier Mad Max trilogy, which ran from 1979 to 1985, thinks of action movies as a kind of visual music, and sees Fury Road as a combination of wild rock concert and opera.
Tom Hardy takes on the role of the titular character – a solitary figure in an wasteland where all semblance of law, power grids, water and mercy is completely non existent.
Coastal cities are gone, the world’s largest economies have crumbled, food is scarce, the air is poison and savage tribes roam what remains of the roads.
“When you go into a reduced, dystopian future, you’re really going back to an almost medieval past,” Miller comments. “People are just surviving. There is no honor, and very little time for empathy or compassion. This gives rise to a clear balance of hierarchy—with the powerful few literally above the many, and above the moral. And into this world comes Max, who is simply trying to escape his demons.”
Miller believes that Hardy brings a strong sense of truth to the mythic figure.
“It’s easy to be cautious as an actor, but there are some who are emotional warriors, and that’s Tom. He’s fearless. I was waiting for someone like Tom to come along and knew he would find the soul of Max within himself.”
“Tom can be accessible, yet mysterious; tough, yet vulnerable. There’s tremendous warmth, but also an element of danger.”
Miller also has great praise for Charlize Theron, who plays Furiosa, a female warrior in a world which enslaves women.
“Charlize is a very strong woman, not just physically but also in spirit,” he notes. “At the same time, you recognize her vulnerability. It’s not a mask. Charlize is unmistakably a woman, but this is a character who makes no concession to being female. Her life has been one of sorrow and pain, but there’s no time for reflection.”
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: George Miller
Screenwriters: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Courtney Eaton.
Producers: George Miller and Doug Mitchell
Image Info: Tom Hardy as Mad Max. Copyright Warner Bros 2015. All Rights Reserved.
Source: Warner Bros