Tom Hardy on MAD MAX: FURY ROAD; Updates on His Look, Training, Filming and More

     June 26, 2010

Tom Hardy Mad Max Fury Road slice

Earlier today I got to sit down with Tom Hardy (along with a few other online reporters) for an extended interview about his work in Christopher Nolan’s Inception.  Of course with Hardy scheduled to play Max Rockatansky in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, the conversation eventually segued into where the production is right now.  According to Hardy (who was very careful not to reveal too much):

“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.”

Much more after the jump:

The big question everyone wants to know is when is the movie going to be in front of the cameras.  Hardy said:

“I can’t say when I’m going to be in front of the cameras. I’m actually headed tonight to Australia to start some stunt-training. I’m training now. I’m meant to drop 30 pounds so smoking and one meal a day is my training at the moment. I’m going to start fighting soon. The harder stuff, as we get close to the line. I’ll probably get three or four months of fight training out there. Seven days a week. All that kind of horrible shit.”

With rumors the movie is shooting for an extended amount of time, I asked if he was going to train for three months and then shoot for a year.  He replied:

“Shooting is probably nine months. Training is allocated as two months.  We don’t know if that’s going to push a little bit or come up a little bit. It’s a gray area. There’s very anomalies and shifting papers. All kinds of people’s shifting schedules, from what I’m aware, need to be tied down. The movie is absolutely healthy. It is going, it’s just a question of, not if,  when precisely.”

And when we asked the way he’ll look in the film, Hardy said:

“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 at very dangerous. It’s imperative. This is the kind of guy who’s not well. So I have to create that reality.”

After speaking with Hardy today for about 30 minutes, I think he’s going to deliver the goods as Mad Max.  Look for the full interview very soon and here’s everything we’ve posted on Mad Max: Fury Road until now.  Here’s everything he said about Mad Max today:

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Question Can you talk about how you got involved? Is that shooting? Is it ready to go?

Tom Hardy:  I’m obviously limited as to what I can say. These things are always binded to secrecy and I think that’s a good thing for the film anyway.  I’m not allowed to give away anything. Without incriminating myself in any way, it’s a very big film. To step into the shoes of Mel Gibson.  George and Mel created the franchise Mad Max, which started off as an independent which then blew up. It took off. It became the Mad Max as you know it with t-shirts and DVDs. No computer game yet, but you know it was early days. This was back before internet. Before all that sort of stuff. I was born the year it came out, so now it’s very funny that I’ve now been asked to play Mad Max. I spent hour hours. It was kind of an anomaly. There were many, many actors that would probably be right for Mad Max and there’s many out there who could probably do an exceptional job to portray him. It’s especially a challenge to step in the shoes of such an iconic character. I’m aware that I’m going to take a certain number of casualties when I go in and play him.

If I concentrate on that, it’s obviously not going to be the best thing for the project. We have to take it differently as George is taking it.  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. Mel would be 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 and performance, I hope to deliver. But that’s really the crux of me and George to deliver and all the other actors as the other characters. But also we have the new world afforded to filmmakers today with all the opportunities. I think the boys that did Lord of the Rings are involved. That kind of stuff as well. CGI is not going to be — I think it’s going to be much more about how you deal 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.

Can you at least say when you’re going to be in front of the cameras?

Tom-Hardy-image (2)Tom Hardy:  I can’t say when I’m going to be in front of the cameras. I’m actually headed tonight to Australia to start some stunt-training. I’m training now. Even though I’m smoking. I’m meant to drop 30 pounds so smoking and one meal a day is my training at the moment. I’m going to start fighting soon. The harder stuff, as we get close to the line. I’ll probably get three or four months of fight training out there. Seven days a week. All that kind of horrible shit.

So you’re going to train for three months and then shoot for a year?

Tom Hardy:  Shooting is probably nine months. Training is allocated as two months.  We don’t know if that’s going to push a little bit or come up a little bit. It’s a gray area. There’s very anomalies and shifting papers. All kinds of people’s shifting schedules, from what I’m aware, need to be tied down. The movie is absolutely healthy. It is going, it’s just a question of, not if,  when precisely.

You mention shooting in Australia? Have they decided to displace the geographic non-specificity of the original?

Tom Hardy:  It’s absolutely the same spot. The same spot.

So you’re going to have an Australian accent?

Tom Hardy:  This is a new area to me. It’s up to people like George. I don’t know.  I don’t know. Whatever suits the revisit. It would be bold for me to give you an honest answer now. I don’t know and a lot has to be left to the process. It depends on what feeds the project for the best of the project, always.

You’re dropping 30 pounds?

Tom Hardy:  I’ve already dropped it.

Are you aiming for a muscular cut, being very thin? What the look you’ve envisioned?

Tom Hardy:  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 at very dangerous. It’s imperative. This is the kind of guy who’s not well. So I have to create that reality.

  • Clockworkpi

    Was unsure of this project at first, but I ended up watching Road Warrior, Beyond Thunderdome and Bronson all in the same week and I concluded that this will be pretty fucking cool.

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  • Ganymede2010

    Without Mel Gibson I will refuse to see this movie out of protest. That's like remaking Rocky an re-casting Stallone.

  • http://www.poputees.com Nick

    I totally hear you Gany, not sure how old you are but as a kid I was big into movies, and at first I was totally against all these remakes. But as a father I think it's good for the younger generation, I tried to get my kids to watch Karate Kid, but the just weren't hearing it. “It's too Old School Dad!!” but I took them to the new Karate Kid and they absolutely loved it. So I am kind of 50 / 50 on all these remakes.

    Thanks,
    Nick
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    • Matt

      Nick, your post kind of depressed me a bit, I have to say. When I was a kid I often watched films on TV that were made twenty or thirty years before I was born and their age didn’t bother me at all – a good film is a good film regardless of when it was made. Sadly it seems there is a generation who refuse to watch older films now, and it’s worrying. That’s why we get stuck with so many endless remakes – stupid audiences (I’m not calling your kids stupid by the way, it’s a generalisation). Of course with the benefit of a couple of decades of technological advancements, any movie can be improved from a technical point of view, but that doesn’t mean it should be. The story and characters never whither, but it seems our imaginations do… When I have kids I think I’ll start them off watching all the films I love from the get-go, so they can love them too.

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  • Tom

    Without Mel Gibson in the lead as Max, this is another one I'll be skipping.

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  • Matt

    Nick, your post kind of depressed me a bit, I have to say. When I was a kid I often watched films on TV that were made twenty or thirty years before I was born and their age didn’t bother me at all – a good film is a good film regardless of when it was made. Sadly it seems there is a generation who refuse to watch older films now, and it’s worrying. That’s why we get stuck with so many endless remakes – stupid audiences (I’m not calling your kids stupid by the way, it’s a generalisation). Of course with the benefit of a couple of decades of technological advancements, any movie can be improved from a technical point of view, but that doesn’t mean it should be. The story and characters never whither, but it seems our imaginations do… When I have kids I think I’ll start them off watching all the films I love from the get-go, so they can love them too.

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  • Bono_triplett

    There is NO MAD MAX without MEL GIBSON!!!!
    PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • AAA

    Love Mel Gibson, but please … NO MORE GERIATRICS doin action movies -Tom Hardy is an excellent choice to overspill Mels boots – you should check out some of his stuff before you say no!!!

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  • dream-a-little-bigger-darling

    I agree. Mel is a great actor who made Mad Max into the movie legend it is today. Although I have never seen the originals, I know a fair bit of them and I’m sure that this will be a good film. Tom Hardy is an incredibly talented and versatile actor – he pulls off everything from innocent P.O.W Jack in Colditz, to the cocky but lovable Eames in Inception and even the psychotic criminal Charles Bronson in Bronson… I think he will do a great job as Max.

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  • maxie chick

    As long as he doesn’t fight like a girl, doesn’t say too much and looks good in leather, I’m in for the next round.

  • scarlett

    Well Im sure there will be plenty of women going to see this film. All i ever hear at my university is girls like ”ohhh tom hardy mmmm he’s so fucking gorgeous” the ladies love abit of hardy!!

  • scarlett

    I hope he gets his cock out tbh

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  • ChicoraSeaSalt72

    Mel Gibson originated the character to be fair. Hiwever he is past his prime fo this character. Tom Hardy is a phenomenal actor. He has the skills set to carry this role to fruition with all the charisma of Gibson. His work in “The Rock ‘N Rolla” proved he can be a complicated and fun guy.

    Gibson had his moment in the Mad Max spotlight. Now its Tom Hardy’s turn. I feel confident he won’t disappoint.

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