Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action movie co-written, produced and directed by George Miller. Miller collaborated with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris on the screenplay. Fury Road is the fourth installment and a reboot of the Mad Max franchise. Take a look below for 30 more interesting and fascinating facts about Mad Max: Fury Road.
1. The movie is set in a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where petrol and water are scarce commodities.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road follows Max Rockatansky, who joins forces with Imperator Furiosa to flee from cult leader Immortan Joe and his army in an armored tanker truck, leading to a lengthy road battle.
3. The movie features Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton.
4. The movie was a joint Australian-American venture produced by Kennedy Miller Mitchell, RatPac-Dune Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures.
5. Attempts to shoot the movie in 2001 and 2003 were delayed because of the September 11 attacks and the Iraq War.
6. The movie grossed over $378 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing movie in the Mad Max franchise.
7. Mad Max: Fury Road was ranked by many critics as the best movie of 2015, and is considered one of the greatest action movies of all time.
8. The movie won multiple critical and guild awards, and received ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won six: Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
9. Editor Margaret Sixel had roughly 470 hours of footage to edit. Watching it took three months.
10. Over 80% of the effects seen in the movie are real practical effects, stunts, makeup and sets. CGI was used sparingly, mainly to enhance the Namibian landscape, remove stunt rigging, and for Charlize Theron’s left arm, which in the movie, is a prosethic limb.
11. The flame-shooting guitarist is Australian musician Sean Hape, better known as Iota. In an interview on Vice, he said that the guitar weighed 132 pounds and shot real gas-powered flames, which he controlled using the whammy bar.
12. According to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, whenever her or the other Wives’ clothes slipped, Tom Hardy would never tell them directly. Instead, he would act out a cartoonish eye popping out action to let them know.
13. The movie’s editor, Margaret Sixel, is director George Miller’s wife. When she asked her husband why he thought that she should do it, as she had never edited an action movie before, Miller replied, “Because if a guy did it, it would look like every other action movie.”
14. The jacket worn by Tom Hardy is a replica of the one worn by Mel Gibson in the last two movies of the original trilogy. The original Gibson jacket was found in storage at Kennedy-Miller and copied heavily.
15. Tom Hardy suffered a broken nose during filming when Charlize Theron accidentally elbowed him. She was wearing a green cast at the time, which was used as a background for graphics artists to digitally remove Furiosa’s arm.
16. The older actresses playing the Vuvalini did their own stunts.
17. Charlize Theron shaved her head for the role of Furiosa and as a result, she had to wear a wig for her role in A Million Ways to Die in the West.
18. The gesture made by the War Boys when they mesh their fingers together is the sign of the V8; they literally revere and worship the power of the engine. It may also be viewed as a reference to Valhalla.
19. According to Tom Hardy, he had lunch with Mel Gibson to discuss him taking over the iconic role of Max Rockatansky. Gibson told him that he was fine with it, and gave Hardy his blessing.
20. Counting the opening voice-overs and discounting any grunts, Max Rockatansky has exactly 52 lines in the movie.
21. In the German-dubbed version seen in Germany, as in the original English version, the Buzzards speak Russian. In the Russian-dubbed version seen in Russia, they speak German. This way, they sound foreign to everyone.
22. As in the previous movies in the Mad Max franchise, many characters’ names are never said in full, or at all on-screen, and are only provided in the credits.
23. Night scenes were filmed in bright daylight, deliberately overexposed, and color-manipulated. In many shots, the sky was digitally replaced with more detailed or interesting skies.
24. The movie used three identical War Rigs, which is the main truck in the movie. They were based on a Czechoslovakian all wheel drive military vehicle.
25. Mad Max: Fury Road is the first Mad Max movie where Max is credited by his full name, Max Rockatansky.
26. The paracord bracelet that Max wears belongs to Tom Hardy himself.
27. Actors were digitally duplicated in post-production to expand the crowd scenes, so, in reality, only a few actors were actually needed on-set during filming.
28. Production was originally set to film around 2011 in the traditional setting of Broken Hill, Australia, but due to heavy rainfall transforming the desert landscape into a lush meadow of flowers, the production was moved to Namibia.
29. As the final vehicle battle, one of Immortan Joe’s henchmen scares Furiosa with the exact same hiss as Toecutter in the 1979 Mad Max movie.
30. Former SAS soldier Jon Iles, who played the War Boy named The Ace, also headed a security team on the set, to ensure the safety of the cast, crew and their families.