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Tom Hardy lets loose about Mad Max: Fury Road

06.28.2010

I keep forgetting that Tom Hardy is in INCEPTION, as there are almost too many good actors to keep track of in that movie, but the man does have a supporting role and was at a press junket recently talking about his performance there, and about his other upcoming projects, the most notable of which is obviously MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.

He dropped a surprisingly large amount of info about the film, how it’s going to be shot and just what he’s doing to prepare to take on the iconic character.

It's a relaunch and revisit to the world, an entire restructuring. That's not to say that it's not picking up or leaving off from the Mad Max you know already, but it's a nice re-take on the entire world using the same character, depositing him in the same world, but bringing him up to date by 30 years. Obviously Mel would've been perfect for it but, for some reason, he's not doing it and I am. You can expect the same amount of grit and rawness and authenticity [to my] performance, I hope to deliver. But that's really the crux of me and George to deliver that and all the other actors as the other characters.

But also we have the new world afforded to filmmakers today with all the opportunities and facilities and technical abilities. I think the boys that did Lord of the Rings are involved and all that kind of stuff as well. CGI is not going to be — I think it's going to be much more like Chris [Nolan], how he deals with action - these things are going to be really there. Big rigs, big explosions, big car crashes, big violence, you know. It's going to actually happen as opposed to doing a 2D turned to 3D screen. It's going to be an adventure, let's put it that way. We're shooting for a year…"

Hardy says he starting stunt training for the film shortly, and for the last time, yes, it’s confirmed as a go. It’s not a matter of if, but when the movie happens now. Were people really starting to doubt that just because Teresa Palmer just left the film?

As for Hardy himself, he has a very specific idea of how he wants his Max to look and feel, and has quite the analogy to describe his vision.

"Imagine a hungry wolf. Or like when you put a cat in the bath. You grab a cat by the throat and stuff it under the fucking water. You know what it looks like? That's what I'm going to look like. But like a puma. Very hungry and very dangerous. It's imperative. This is the kind of guy who's not well. So I have to create that reality."

Out of all the Hollywood franchises being rebooted today, I have to say I’m actually pretty excited for this one. It’s a got a decent budget ($100M) a talented, dedicated lead, and a universe that is ripe for exploration and expansion. Done right, this might be a pretty worthwhile ride.

Extra Tidbit: I still have yet to watch BEYOND THUNDERDOME. How does it compare to the first two?
Source: FirstShowing

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