Tom Hardy has signed on for three “Mad Max” films following director George Miller’s “Fury Road.”
“Everything’s based on figures and how things are perceived,” he told Esquire. “Inevitably it’s a business.”
Addressing the mettle and tenacity of his character of Max, a role originated by Mel Gibson, Hardy said, “You always wonder, why doesn’t he just top himself? [He] has humanity within him still, despite the hopelessness of his environment. He has no home and he has no hope, but he’s reluctant to give in.”
“I’ve never been more excited and out of my comfort zone,” he continued, referring to the pressure of living up to the role. Despite that, he called the film “fucking unbelievable.”
“We were in the middle of nowhere,” Hardy said of the film location. “so far away from the studio system that [Warner Bros] can’t really see what’s going on, and just getting things to and from the set was a nightmare. We’d lose half a vehicle in sand and have to dig it out. It was just this unit in the middle of x-million square-kilometers of desert, and then this group of lunatics in leathers, like a really weird S&M party, or a Hell’s Angels convention. It was like Cirque du Soleil meets fucking Slipknot.”
“Luckily nobody died,” he concluded after describing the car accidents caused during filming, despite the set’s extensive safety precautions.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” opens May 15.