Charlize Theron Did Not Get Along With Tom Hardy While Making ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

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Movie press tours are always a good time to find out gossip from the sets of a celebrity’s previous films. So it is for Charlize Theron, who reveals that she didn’t get along with her Mad Max: Fury Road costar Tom Hardy during filming.

In a long profile for the Wall Street Journal, Theron dishes about how the antipathy between her and Hardy fueled their characters’ relationship onscreen:

“From what I hear, he’s not like that on every movie—I hear he’s had good experiences,” Theron says of Hardy, with a laugh. “Maybe the movie is what it is because we struggled so much with each other, and those characters had to struggle so much with each other. If we were chum-chum, maybe the movie would have been 10 times worse.” (Hardy declined to comment for this article.)

“Hardy declined to comment for this article.” That says it all, doesn’t it? Then again, the shoot sounds particularly grueling, so maybe that made things much less jovial on set than if Hardy and Theron were making a romantic comedy together, or something like that.

Here’s how director George Miller explained it:

“I’m not saying that they were seething right through, but the trajectory of the characters can’t help but seep into the work,” Miller says of his two stars. “When they first meet each other, they’re trying to kill each other. As the two characters come together out of necessity and rather reluctantly, they have to find a degree of trust. And to some extent that was the trajectory of their relationship as well.”

It’s so hard not to read into these quotes! Did Theron and Hardy find that “degree of trust” themselves? Did they dislike each other to the bitter end (and then box office and critical gold)? These answers only raise more questions.

(via Wall Street Journal)