Have you read “Blood, Sweat, and Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road” by Kyle Buchanan?
This book revolves around the behind-the-scenes situations that occurred when George Miller filmed ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.
And guess what: it has all kinds of juicy details.
However, what caught most of the readers’ attention is the fact that Charlize Theron didn’t really enjoy working with Tom Hardy. The relationship became so tense that she even called him “extremely aggressive” and asked for protection.
Naturally, Tom Hardy decided to respond.
In the film, Hardy was cast as the lead character previously played by Mel Gibson in the original trilogy. Charlize was a newcomer who would play Imperator Furiosa, one of the chief lieutenants.
Apparently, when she spoke to Buchanan, Charlize and other crew members explained that they were really fed up with how Hardy behaved on set. One of the main triggers was his constant lateness, forcing his colleagues to wait for hours to start work.
In one case, the producers even made a “special request” for Hardy to be on time. However, he was still more than three hours late, with Charlize literally sitting in a chair on set trying to make a point by not even going to the bathroom.
When he finally arrived, she asked Tom, “Are you really that disrespectful?” She also said that “producers should be fined $1,000 a minute every time this cunt is late.”
Tom Hardy “got her on right away” and said, “What the hell did you just say to me?” A cast member said he was “pretty aggressive” and that Charlize felt extremely threatened.
The actress told Buchanan that this moment was a turning point and that she asked for protection on set after that.
Now, nearly seven years after the shooting, Tom Hardy also spoke about the incident.
Speaking to the author, Tom said, “Looking back now, I think I was over my head in a lot of ways. I feel like we were both under tremendous pressure during that shoot.”
Tom also added: “I think Charlize needed a more experienced partner. Now, when I’m older and uglier, I’d like to think I could take that opportunity.”
‘Do not get me wrong. I don’t want to apologize for my bad behavior, but you have to understand that it was a very tough shoot. I certainly didn’t have the clarity that I do know when we were making the film. You could say I was in survival mode – I was really terrified.”
Ricky Schamburg, the first assistant camera on set, also shared his thoughts. He said he felt Tom’s lack of punctuality might have been “deliberately provocative” as he “knew it made Charlize pissed off. She’s a true professional and is always first on set.”
However, the crew members also said their relationship got better as the shooting progressed and the conspiracy required them to get closer.
Goellnicht, one of the producers, said this change may have been due to Hardy’s method acting skills and that he “taken the whole arc in a literal sense”.
The film won six awards at the 2016 Oscars. We are now waiting for the next project in the series which will show Furiosa’s backstory with Anya Taylor-Joy taking the lead instead of Charlize.