Mad Max: Fury Road is a movie that took George Miller 12 years to create. The director allegedly didn’t want to make another Mad Max film once he finished Beyond Thunderdome. He did, thankfully, and Max Rockatansky will make his triumphant return to the big screen this weekend.
According to THR, Tom Hardy had doubts about Miller’s vision during production, and said he owed the director an apology after seeing the film’s final cut:
Turning to director George Miller, seated beside him at Thursday’s Cannes press conference, he explained: “I have to apologize to you, because I got frustrated [during the movie’s shoot]. There was no way that George could have explained what he had conceived.”
His doubts are understandable, as the conditions during production looked a bit brutal, and there was about a total of 450 hours of footage shot. Miller and Hardy were joined by Nicholas Hoult and Charlize Theron at the Cannes press conference, and when the film’s feminist nature was brought up, George Miller set the record straight:
“Initially, there wasn’t a feminist agenda,” Miller insisted. Instead, the movie was simply designed to be an extended chase, and “the thing that people were chasing was to be not an object, but the five wives. I needed a warrior. But it couldn’t be a man taking five wives from another man. That’s an entirely different story. So everything grew out of that.”
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