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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Was A Special Challenge For Tom Hardy


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Tom Hardy has made a name for himself with films like 'Inception', 'The Dark Knight Rises', 'Warrior' and 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy', but nothing quite prepared him for the full-on challenge of taking over as Mad Max.

Tom Hardy took over from Mel Gibson in the Mad Max roleTom Hardy took over from Mel Gibson in the Mad Max role

"When I got over the initial jubilation and excitement of being offered the role, I suddenly realised that Mad Max is synonymous with Mel Gibson," Hardy says. "That was a little bit daunting, and possibly people were going to dislike the change. So I thought the right thing to do was go and meet Mel Gibson, because he's part of the Mad Max family. It's like I'm the new wife who has to go and meet the old wife."

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Ever Wondered What George Miller's 'Contact' Would Have Been Like? (Hint: Interstellar)


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Mad Max director George Miller has spoken for the first time about the opportunity he had to adapt Carl Sagan's novel Contact in the mid 90's. Robert Zemeckis was the filmmaker eventually entrusted with the story of faith and conflict, though Miller had the first bite at the cherry.

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Miller worked on a screenplay with Sagan and Sagan's wife Ann Druyan before he parted ways with Warner Bros. Now, on the promotional trailer for the critically acclaimed Mad Max, the filmmaker admits he never saw Zemeckis's version though revealed he had a more challenging script than Warners was comfortable with.

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'Pitch Perfect 2' Outruns 'Mad Max' At US Box Office


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The latest Mad Max film may well be one of the best-reviewed action thrillers of all time, with a huge Metascore of 89 - well above the average for the genre - but it seems Max isn't quite tough enough to beat the Barden Bellas to the number-one spot.

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According to Deadline, first-day ticket estimates at the US box office put Fury Road at number two with $16.8m, while Pitch Perfect 2 is well ahead with $27.8m for Friday - that's almost double what its predecessor made over the full three-day period during its first weekend of nationwide release back in 2012.

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Mad Max: Fury Road Returns George Miller To His Roots


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It's been 30 years since George Miller completed his trilogy of movies starring Mel Gibson: Mad Max (1979), The Road Warrior (1981) and Beyond Thunderdome (1985). In the intervening years he's kept busy with the Babe and Happy Feet franchises. But now he's back with Mad Max: Fury Road, which he refuses to call either a sequel or a reboot. He's just freshening the franchise, like the James Bond movies do every few years.

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And he said this week that he has "other stories and other scripts" ready to go if Fury Road is a box office success. "It really depends on whether everyone, particularly me, has an appetite to go back into the wasteland," he says of the post-apocalyptic desert setting. "It's like asking a woman who's just given birth, 'You wanna try it again?'"

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George Miller on Mel Gibson: "He's a Good Man, Struggling with Demons"


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George Miller has heaped praise on Mel Gibson for supporting the development of his classic Mad Max franchise. British actor Tom Hardy replaces the Australian actor in the title role though fans were surprised to see the Oscar winner walking the red carpet at the movie's premiere in Los Angeles in May 7.

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Speaking ahead of the film's debut at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, Miller told the BBC: "Mel sat beside me at the premiere with Tom Hardy sat behind us and Mel is one of those people who can't censor himself. I kept seeing him chuckle. He's directing a movie in Australia now and would ask, 'Oh who's that actor?' He really loved it and it meant a lot to me and he gave me a hug."

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Cannes Festival Mad Max Fury Road Photocall

Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and George Miller - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival for a "Mad Max: Fury Road" Photocall in Cannes, France - Thursday 14th May 2015

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Mad Max: Fury Road Review


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Leave it to a veteran to show the young sparks how to do it: it's been 30 years since George Miller last visited his post-apocalyptic hero Max Rockatansky, and now he's back with the best-staged action thriller of the year, a blockbuster that dares to have meaningful themes and complex characters. He also recreates Mad Max as a kind of James Bond franchise with a story that sits alongside the earlier films, not before or after, and an actor who brings a new energy to the role.

In a desert wasteland where people trade water and oil to survive, Max (Tom Hardy) is a loner haunted by the death of his family. Then he's captured by a gang from the Citadel, a towering rock city run by the tyrant Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), who has positioned himself as a god who keeps his enslaved people on a short leash. On a mission to collect oil, Joe's top imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) veers her war-rig off into the desert. So Joe sends a gang after her. Leading the charge is the gung-ho Nux (Nicholas Hoult), who uses Max, strapped to his car like a grille ornament, as a blood-bag to supply energy. But after a series of clashes involving three other gangs of desert marauders, Max and Nux end up on board Furiosa's rig, in which she is hoping to smuggle Joe's five young wives to safety.

The plot itself is fairly blunt, which means that the film requires very little dialogue (Max doesn't speak at all for the first 45 minutes, mainly because his houth is actually bolted shut). Even so, Miller fills every shot with telling details that strengthen the characters and provide insight into what they are doing, building more intriguing relationships with suspicious glances than most filmmakers do with endless conversation.

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Charlize Theron Claims Women Are Misrepresented In Sci Fi Movies


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Charlize Theron has spoken out about what she believes is the tendency of sci-fi movies to misrepresent female characters. She is currently one of the stars of Mad Max: Fury Road and claims that the film is an anomaly in that it does contain strong female lead characters.

The 39 year old actress, who portrays Imperator Furiosa in George Miller’s re-boot of his own original imagining of a post-apocalypse Australia, was speaking on ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael’ on Monday, and she vented her frustration at the typical depiction of women in science fiction films.

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Mel Gibson Turns Up At Mad Max: Fury Road Premiere


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Film premieres are always exciting, star-studded events, but they don't usually feature a surprise appearance by one of the world's biggest movie icons. But last night (Thursday May 7), Mel Gibson decided to make an unannounced visit to the red-carpet premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road in Hollywood, Variety reports.

Mel Gibson at the Mad Max: Fury Road premiereGibson treated the Fury Road cast and crew to a surprise visit

The 59-year-old actor-director rose to fame as the original Max in the 1979 film and reprised his role in two sequels, in 1981 and 1985.

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Premiere of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' - Arrivals

George Miller and Charlize Theron - Premiere of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' - Arrivals at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 8th May 2015

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Premiere of 'Mad Max:Fury Road' - Arrivals

Mel Gibson, George Miller and Tom Hardy - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the premiere of the new action movie 'Mad Max: Fury Road' which was held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 8th May 2015

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A Week In Movies: Tribeca Wraps In New York, 'Madding Crowd' And 'D Train' Hold US Premieres, A New Trailer Drops For 'Mad Max', And There Are First Looks At 'Legend', 'Black Mass' And 'Strangerland'


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The Tribeca Film Festival in New York wrapped up at the weekend with a 25th anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese's 'GoodFellas', which featured a reunion of the film's actors including Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, Debbie Mazar, Lorraine Bracco, Kevin Corrigan and Mike Starr. Take a look at pictures from the closing of The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival here.

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Also in New York, the US premiere of 'Far From the Madding Crowd' brought out stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple and director Thomas Vinterberg, plus other celebrities including Kathleen Turner and Sarah Silverman. The film opens this weekend in both the UK and US. Check out pictures from the premiere of 'Far From the Madding Crowd' here. 

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Mad Max: Fury Road - Final Trailer


The world is messed up. Years after multiple calamities totally trashed the planet, the world is covered in nothing but desert, and populated by the people strongest and most likely to survive - many of whom happen to be mad. Max (Tom Hardy) is a former highway patrol man, who has an unrivalled knowledge of the desert that now covers the planet. When he accidentally runs into a group of possibly the last women on the planet, and agrees to escort them through the desert to safety, to ensure the continuation of the human race. But when Max ends up being captured himself, it is down to his new friends to rescue him from a gang of lunatics.

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'Mad Max' Director George Miller "Heartbroken" over Mel Gibson's Plight


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George Miller, director of Mad Max: Fury Road, says he is "heartbroken" over the personal plight of Mel Gibson - the star of the original 1979 movie and its subsquent sequels. Miller picked Tom Hardy to lead the fourth film of the post-apocalyptic action franchise though has sympathy for Gibson, whom he describes as a "wonderful actor."

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"I have a great affection for Mel. I was really heartbroken to see him go into that," Miller said in a recent interview.

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Mel Gibson Was Not Cast In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Due To Director George Miller Being "Heartbroken"


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Australian director George Miller and Hollywood legend Mel Gibson both got their big breaks on the same movie, 1979's 'Mad Max.' This was also the beginning of a hugely successful trilogy, which the pair would work on.

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Miller chose not to cast Gibson in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

It's now been over three decades since Gibson and Miller first collaborated together, but when the filmmaker was approached to direct the rebooted flick, which is set for release next summer, the 58 year-old actor wasn't cast even in a cameo role.

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