Tom Hardy talks Mad Max: Fury Road

Whilst promoting John Hillcoat’s very decent-looking Lawless, Tom Hardy has been chatting about George Miller’s long-delayed Mad Max reboot…

When we spoke to George Miller towards the end of last year, he explained that a conflation of the Iraq war, Mel Gibson’s much-publicised shenanigans, and unprecedented rainfall in the Australian desert (where the film was prepped to begin shooting in early 2011) had kept the cameras from rolling on his Mad Max: Fury Road reboot. Miller’s revised plan ran thusly: lose Gibson, add Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, up sticks to Namibia, and shoot in early 2012.

Early 2012 having come and gone, Fury Road lead Tom Hardy was asked in Cannes today what the  progress was on Mad Max 4 and 5. “We keep moving that around, you know?” Hardy told Empire Magazine, “I’ve been on stand-by for two years… but it’s all part of it. It’s kind of the cool thing to do, to be elusive with dates and all that.”

Displaying as hearty a sense of humour as he is facial hair at the moment, Hardy added, “It was going to be a year of filming, then six months, and now we’re supposed to be doing it in six days. It’s a musical – we’re going to go around shopping centres in a little wagon and sing songs. People were expecting big, but we’re going to give them small. It’ll be a live, free-running musical and it’s coming to a place near you soon.”

You know what? We don’t think he’s being entirely serious about that.

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Nay, I think he's being completely serious. All this post-apocalyptic highway madness doesn't jive in the modern pop cultural marketplace. We need to focus on recession-era consumer economics and make cinema that evokes realism and reflects the popularity of Glee. Audiences want hand-held camera found footage flicks with musical numbers made in shopping malls. Remember that Mad Max is being rebooted for the YouTube generation - The Madmaxical will be "amazeballs".

I would watch Mad Max the musical

Tom Hardy: Legend

Mad Max 4 & 5 are hardly on my radar in terms of needing to see more of them.

Of course Mr Hardy is as good as anybody at channeling Gibson at his craziest and coolest but still, what is it going to bring to the table that we haven't seen before.

Underwhelmed.

Throw in a Fred like character and you are quids in.

The whole 'Mad Max' thing should have ended with the second film, just because Hollywood gave them a big budget for the ill-conceived '...Beyond Thunderdome' wasn't reason enough to do it, the last shot of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior' is the image I think the story should have ended on; a man as scorched and desolate in his soul as the landscape he inhabits, bringing the law to the lawless hordes, one single man against the many... 

I'm not really keen on a new Mad Max film but with Tom Hardy in the role, it could end up as something really interesting. It needs to go back to the second Mad Max film, all scorched earth and humanity transforming into wild evil punks, instead of the overly idealistic third and the Charles Bronson traffic cop from the first.

If they can shoehorn in "Two men enter, one man leaves!" then I'll leave the cinema a happy man...

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