Watch Tom Hardy Shut Down A Journalist’s Sexist Question About ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Much has been made about the feminism of Mad Max: Fury Road, whether it be whargarbling calls to boycott it or the “Feminist Mad Max” meme. At least the stars and director of the film seem to have the right attitude, as evidenced by their reactions to ham-fisted questions posed to them in interviews. One such question was posed at the Cannes Film Festival this month, specifically at about 9:45 into the video above.

The first 10 minutes of the video includes the introduction of the Mad Max: Fury Road panel, followed by the moderator asking some of the most obvious questions, probably to save time by preventing the audience from asking those same questions in a more long-winded manner. Then, at about 9:45, the moderator finally throws to the audience to ask questions, aaaaand audiences are the worst. Of course, the first question from the journalists in attendance would be something douchey, although, to be fair, it seems like the guy asking it assumes strangers will understand he’s being jocular. (UPDATE: He later tried to explain the question.)

Here’s the please-be-joking question from Peter Howell of the Toronto Star.

Peter Howell: I have a question for Tom Hardy. Tom, I’ll preface my remarks by saying that I have five sisters, a wife, a daughter, and a mother so I know what it’s like to be outgunned by estrogen. But I just wanted to ask you, as you were reading the script, did you ever think, “Why are all these women in here? I thought this was supposed to be a man’s movie?”

Tom Hardy: No. [audience laughs] Not for one minute.

Charlize Theron: Good for you.

Tom Hardy: That’s kind of obvious. But like, but also in reference to the concept of having a script, that would have been nice. [director George Miller pats him on the back] That was more of a concern.

Charlize Theron: That was a luxury we didn’t have.

Not having a script might explain why Hardy and Miller initially didn’t get along, for which Hardy later apologized. Also, that question sucks, even as a joke. If you want to ask something seemingly aimed at getting a rise out of Tom Hardy, you could ask about smoking crack or if his self-professed experimentation with dudes was just research for that Elton John biopic, but instead you ask a question that boils down to, “Pfft, women, right?” SMDH.

(Via the Mary Sue)

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