We’ve had some amazing trailers, including the recent and stunning full one, but the real promotional push for “Mad Max: Fury Road” is about to begin. UK copies of “Furious 7” will get a six minute clip in front of screenings, and now the first long lead interviews with the cast and crew are going online.
Today, Esquire has posted an interview with star Tom Hardy who confirms that his contract means he’s signed up for three more “Mad Max” films on top of ‘Fury Road’ should it be a major success.
While Hardy has played key supporting roles in blockbusters, and leads in various arthouse and mid-budget dramas, this is technically the first studio action tentpole where he’s the lead star. Hardy says he feels the weight of it, saying:
“I’ve never been more excited and out of my comfort zone… we were in the middle of nowhere, 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-kilometres 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 f–king Slipknot”
Asked about his rumored battles with Charlize Theron on set, he admits age has softened him to some extent and so he hopes the stories will become less frequent:
“I have a reputation for being difficult. And I am. I am actually. But I’m not unreasonable. It used to be that if somebody hurt me I’d lash out a bit, in order to get them to stop. It ultimately comes from fear. If I cause enough of a mess, then people will never ask me again to do something I don’t want to do. But that sort of backfires after a while so you don’t want to do that. You grow up.”
As for the film itself, he’s seen it and says it’s “f–king unbelievable.” “Mad Max: Fury Road” rides into cinemas on May 15th.