Mad Max: Fury Road is an extraordinarily successful film, highly appreciated by audiences, critics and the Academy, which awarded it with 6 Oscars out of 10 nominations. But its production was particularly troubled and had a complex and lengthy casting, as recounted by director George Miller and casting director Ronna Kress in the book. Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Roadwritten by Kyle Buchanan
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For the role of Max, in the end, it was Tom Hardy who won. According to Miller, the British actor has something in common with Mel Gibson, actor of the first trilogy: “They are really open and friendly, so much so that they feel like they can be their best friend. But, at the same time, they have something that they keep hidden, confidential, inaccessible. And you can feel it on the screen ”
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At the top of Miller’s list for the lead role, however, was another actor: Heath Ledger. “Every time he passed by Sydney, we met and, chatting, we always ended up talking about Mad Max. – said the director – Losing him was really a pity, not for Mad Maxbut because he was an exceptional person ”
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Among the profiles evaluated, also that of Eminem. The rapper had just returned from the success of 8 Mile and Miller and Kress had asked colleague Brittany Murphy for references on him. “She unreservedly described him as a wonderful talent. We got in touch with him, but without going any further: we were going to shoot the film in Australia and he just didn’t want to leave his home. But I think, if we had filmed it in its parts, then it would have been ”
Charlize Theron was cast for the role of Furiosa, co-star and in some ways true protagonist of the film. The only one, among the rated actresses, who didn’t even audition, was chosen over a lunch with Miller and Kress: “I knew that behind the elegant looks, there was real grit in her,” said Miller.
Charlize Theron has beaten fierce competition. Starting with Gal Gadot, who had almost convinced the director. “In the audition, she really did an incredible job – Miller said – we tried it not only for her Furiosa, but also for one of her wives.” She In the end she came home without even a part.