And Tom Hardy got the role after spitting on Armie Hammer during an audition!
While taking part in the Super Bowl show this weekend (along with Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dog, Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre), Eminem also returns to the heart of the news via a surprising anecdote: george miller had thought of him to interpret Mad Max in Fury Road. This is one of the many revelations of the book Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Roadby Kyle Buchanan, journalist at the New York Timeswhich is relayed by vulnerability this week.
The director appreciated the rapper’s performance in 8 milesin 2002, and he contacted him through Brittany Murphy (deceased in 2009), who was co-starring him in the film and whom George had directed for the dubbing of Happy Feet. Miller then explains: “We called him well, but it didn’t go any further because we were thinking of shooting the film in Australia at the time and he didn’t want to leave his house. I had the impression that if we could film it in his region (from Detroit, editor’s note)he would have been in.”
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Mad Max Fury Road was finally filmed a decade later in Namibia, South Africa and Sydney. With Tom Hardy in the main role, even if the filmmaker auditioned many actors before him. The book cites, for example, Michael Fassbender, Joel Kinnaman, Eric Bana and even Heath Ledger, before his death in 2008. In the early 2010s, it was Jeremy Renner (acclaimed for Minesweepers and not yet cast as Hawkeye at Marvel) and Armie Hammer (who had just broken through thanks to his dual role in The Social Network, long before the rape charges currently pending against him) who found themselves in competition with the future interpreter of Max. Hardy was famous for his incarnation of Bronson in front of Nicolas Winding Refn’s camera, but had not yet played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
“Towards the end of the casting process, writes Buchanan, Hardy was in the final top three to get the role opposite Jeremy Renner and Armie Hammer. Hardy and Hammer even auditioned together, during which Hardy cringed and spat at his partner. Hammer then told Miller that Hardy needed to play Max more than he did.” Todd Matthew Grossman, who was filming these auditions, said that “Jeremy and Armie were great, but there was something about Tom that made him feel like Max, beyond doubt. He had that emotional dryness that you can find in an apocalyptic world, and buried beneath it, a disdain for the world. It was that intensity that burned within him.” Miller concludes that he had “the same feeling with Tom as when Mel Gibson walked into the room. He had that same raw charm, that animal charisma. You don’t know what’s going on deep inside these people, and at the same time, they’re enormously attractive .”
Mad Max Fury Road hit theaters in 2015 and wowed critics and audiences alike. George Miller is soon to shoot his prequel, Furiosa.
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