Miller Denies Gibson “Mad Max” Cameo Talk

Despite rumors to the contrary, filmmaker George Miller says that original “Mad Max” star Mel Gibson will NOT be making a cameo in the upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road”.

“It would have been nice somehow but, no, it’s not true” he tells The Sydney Morning Herald. Miller has spent the last few weeks doing a final bit of additional photography in Sydney, Australia on the film.

Miller says there has been “no reshoots at all,” rather filming has been confined to scenes that bookend the movie as he always intended to film the start and finish of the movie in Australia. Some brief “augmenting shots” have also been done. Production will wrap on the Fox Studios lot within the next fortnight.

An early version of the movie has also already been test screened: “Our film, luckily after a ridiculous amount of work, is testing extremely well. We’re very happy. There has been a lot of doubt about it, [people saying] ‘it took so long’, but Warners have delayed it until 2015 to go into the top weekend of the year.”

It’s also indicated that another reason for the delay is next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil which runs from mid-June to mid-July and is expected to have a large and negative impact on international summer box-office revenue.