The “Fury Road” Guitarist Backstory Revealed

One of the most unique creations of “Mad Max: Fury Road” was Coma the Doof Warrior, the mutated being with a flame-throwing rock guitar hanging on strings in front of a giant speaker set attached to a vehicle.

The character, played by acclaimed Australian performer iOTA, has no dialogue and only appears in a few scenes, yet he’s so distinct and imaginative that he’ll long be remembered as one of this remarkable film’s most iconic images.

In a new interview with Audiences Everywhere (via The Playlist), iOTA spoke about the character’s backstory and appearance:

“I knew that George had said that Coma was found by Immortan Joe in a Cave and taken under his wing and he learned to be a musician. I kind of embellished that for myself.

Basically, my story was that Coma was found with his mother’s head, after she had been killed, and he was clinging to it and Immortan Joe came and found him and Coma took her face off and made the mask out of her face, to honor her when he went to war.

Coma didn’t really have a costume, as such. So there was lots of trying stuff on and I remember thinking that an old farcical onesie would be good with the butt flap hanging out the back.

The mask was something that was worked on and influence came from everyone. And certainly Angus and AC/DC was an influence.”

The film’s director George Miller also spoke about the character with The Daily Beast, asking why this musical-themed creation was included:

“He’s logical to that world. Pre-modern communications, there was always the music of war – the bugle, horns, bagpipes, drummers. Every war culture had some sound to signal the troops… ours is just weaponized, so it’s a flamethrower as well.”

iOTA also says he’d “absolutely ” return for a sequel.