Mad Max: Fury Road is, of course, done almost entirely practically; all the stunts you see, all the cars that blow up and crash, it’s all real vehicles being driven by stuntmen. Or possibly actual War Boys, considering how ridiculous some of the stunts in the movie are. But the dedication to realism goes a lot further than you might think… right down to a playable flamethrowing guitar.
Yes, it’s real; not only is it real, but the speaker stack behind him is also real and also works. MTV interviewed Colin Gibson, the production designer, and he talked a bit about what went into building it:
George — unfortunately — doesn’t like things that don’t work. I have in the past built him props that I thought were just supposed to be props, and then he goes, “Okay, plug it in now.”
The first version of the guitar which — I think I put too much into the flame thrower, not enough into the reverb. And yes, the flame throwing guitar did have to operate, did have to play, the PA system did have to work and the drummers… Unfortunately, I did get practice in all positions and I’ve got to tell you, the drumming was very uncomfortable at 70 [kilometers] an hour, eating sand.
As for who’s shredding all that heavy metal at high speed, it’s Sean Hape, also known as iOTA. And yes, despite adding some riffs in post? He was playing the entire time he was on screen.
So, when will metal bands just start building this rig and blasting through the desert playing concerts? Or even better, on our fine nation’s highways?