Mad Max: Fury Road may very well be the film that breaks a trend. Typically, when a film is delayed, feuds erupt on set, and endless problems pop up, the film is doomed to be poor. However, the new trailer for Fury Road suggests that George Miller (the original Mad Max director) may have gotten things right.
The long, hard journey for Mad Max from production to release is not quite complete, but the finish line is in sight. Here are some of the facts behind the troubled production…
1. Originally slated for a 2003 shoot in Namibia, the film had to be delayed after the beginning of the Iraq War caused trouble with shipping and security in Namibia. Production began again in 2009.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road will be released thirty years after the last film, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
3. Charlize Theron shaved her head for her role of Furiosa, and had to wear a wig for A Million Ways to Die in The West.
4. Rumors flew that Charlie Theron and Tom Hardy, who plays Max, did not get along at all, and that Theron got to the point of not even speaking to Hardy on set.
5. Constant weather delays and location issues caused the film to be delayed more than once, including cold when it was supposed to be hot, and vice-versa. Reshoots also delayed the final product on countless occasions.
6. Liam Fountain auditioned for Max but lost the part to Tom Hardy. Liam Fountain played Max in the 2011 short film Mad Max Renegade, which takes place between the first two films.
7. The film was shot in sequence, which is rare, and the storyboards were completed before the script.
8. Over 80% of the effects seen in the film are real practical effects, stunts, make-up and sets. CGI was used sparingly mainly to enhance the Namibian landscape, remove stunt rigging and for Charlize Theron’s left hand which in the film is a prosthetic arm.
9. Originally, Mel Gibson was going to have a role as a drifter in the film, but this never came to fruition.