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Over 80% of the effects seen in the film are real practical effects, stunts, make-up and sets. CGI was used sparingly mainly to enhance the Namibian landscape, remove stunt rigging and for Charlize Theron's left hand which in the film is a prosthetic arm.
The flame-shooting guitarist is Australian artist/musician Sean Hape, better known as Iota. In an interview on Vice (2013), he said the guitar weighed 132 pounds, and shot real gas-powered flames, which he controlled using the whammy bar.
Margaret Sixel had roughly 470 hours of footage to edit; watching it took three months.
In creating the look of the film, director George Miller laid down two stipulations for the production to follow. Firstly the cinematography would be as colorful as possible in order to differentiate the film from other post apocalyptic movies which typically have bleak desaturated colors. Secondly the art direction would be as beautiful as possible, as Miller reasoned that people living in the post apocalypse would try to find whatever scraps of beauty they could in their meager environment.
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The film editor, Margaret Sixel, is director George Miller's wife. When she asked her husband why he thought she should do it as she had never edited an action film before, Miller replied, "Because if a guy did it, it would look like every other action movie." Miller's choice paid off, as Sixel later received an Academy Award for Best Editing.
On April 3, 2015, Tom Hardy announced he would sign on for 3 more Mad Max films.
The jacket worn by Tom Hardy is a replica of the one worn by Mel Gibson in the second two movies of the original trilogy. The Gibson jacket was found in storage at Kennedy-Miller and copied heavily.
According to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, whenever she 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.
The 78-year old Melissa Jaffer explained why she took a part in the film: "When this role came along, I thought well, I won't get another chance like this before I die, and that's why I took it. It was absolutely wonderful".
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.
To prepare themselves to go into battle, ready to sacrifice their lives for Immortan Joe, the War Boys spray their lips and teeth with a silver substance, very much like common spray paint. Both the War Boys and Immortan Joe often speak about this as though it is a religious ritual, saying that it will allow them to enter "the gates of Valhalla, shiny and chrome". However, in a May 2015 interview with CraveOnline, actor Hugh Keays-Byrne, who plays Immortan Joe, said that this practice, which the War Boys think is purely ritualistic, actually involves the inhalation of "...a very euphoric drug" that keeps the War Boys high and suicidally devoted to Immortan Joe. Another clue to the spray's narcotic properties is the fact that "chrome" and "chroming" are Australian slang terms for inhalant abuse. Writer/director George Miller said that he got the idea for this from Australian filmmaker David Bradbury's 1981 Vietnam War documentary "Front Line", in which Cambodian soldiers preparing for battle suspend small jade figurines of Buddha from their mouths with little straps.
In a Cannes press conference for the movie, Tom Hardy apologized to George Miller for the reportedly complicated relationship between the star and the director during filming. He stated: "There was no way, I mean, I have to apologize to you because I got frustrated. There was no way George could have explained what he could see in the sand when we were out there. Because of the due diligence that was required to make everything safe and so simple, what I saw was a relentless barrage of complexities, simplified for this fairly linear story. I knew he was brilliant, but I didn't know how brilliant until I saw it. So, my first reaction was 'Oh my god, I owe George an apology for being so myopic'." Charlize Theron mentioned similar experiences where she had no idea what she was filming, up to the point where she would ask the director what the hell he was doing. In the end, seeing the finished film greatly exceeded her expectations as well.
According to George Miller the film's storyboard was made even before the screenplay. The reason behind that was because Miller envisioned the film as a continuous chase, with little dialogue and focusing on the visuals. The storyboard was made with the collaboration of five artists and had about 3,500 panels.
Charlize Theron reportedly shaved her head for the role of Furiosa and as a result had to wear a wig for her role in A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014).
The older actresses playing the Vulvalini did their own stunts.
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.
This is the second Mad Max featuring Hugh Keays-Byrne. He played the villain Toecutter in Mad Max (1979).
The cake-decorating company Wilton makes a decorative "Color Mist" in silver that is meant to be sprayed onto baked goods to give them a silver sheen. Before May 2015, the Amazon listing for this product contained a few pages of reviews only from bakers opining on the quality of the product when used as intended (on cakes). But after the release of Mad Max: Fury Road, both the comments section and FAQ on the Amazon listing were filled with comments from users posting as though they were War Boys or Immortan Joe "reviewing" the product that the War Boys spray onto their mouths before going into battle. As of mid-June 2015, there are nineteen pages of Mad Max-related "reviews" of the Wilton product on Amazon.
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.
Originally intended to star Mel Gibson in the title role back in 2003 but because George Miller ran into problems with shooting locations, and Gibson's interest in The Passion of the Christ (2004), it never happened.
George Miller told cinematographer John Seale to keep the main actor centered in the screen so that the viewer's eye did not have to search the screen due to the film's fast editing style. According to Seale, Miller said "Keep the crosshairs on her nose!" Seale, used to composing an anamorphic shot took a while to get used to this technique. He was not used to actors being cut off in the edges of the frame.
A comic book series showing how Immortan Joe came to power is being published by Vertigo.
John Seale came out of retirement to head the film's cinematography.
Night scenes were filmed in bright daylight, deliberately overexposed, and colour-manipulated. In many shots, the sky was digitally replaced with more detailed or interesting skies.
The script contains almost no profanities. The Dag abuses Max by saying, "He's a crazy smeg who eats schlanger." The use of the word 'smeg' echoes its use in the TV series Red Dwarf (1988), where it was used as an alternative for various expletives. There was almost no swearing in the earlier Mad Max movies, either. Schlanger is an Aussie slang word for penis.
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 and evil to everyone.
As in the previous movies in this series, many characters' names are never said in full or at all onscreen and are only provided in the credits.
Mel Gibson was at the Cannes premiere and apparently approved the movie. According to director George Miller: "Mel was at the premiere of the movie and I sat next to him. We hadn't seen each other in a long time. Mel is someone who, in a sense, cannot lie. And he started chuckling during the movie and I thought, There's that chuckle I remember! Mel kept chuckling and he started digging me in the ribs. . . . He gave me great perspective because he is a great actor, but in the end he is a really great director."
The movie was almost filmed in 2003 on location in Namibia but the project was put on hold due to security concerns related to trying to film in Namibia, because the United States and many other countries had tightened travel and shipping restrictions. With the start of the Iraq War the film was abandoned until 2009.
After George Miller screened some footage at SXSW film festival, a man stood up and asked: "How the hell did you film that!?" That man was none other than director Robert Rodriguez.
George Miller and Charlize Theron didn't get along with Tom Hardy during filming. They both found him difficult to work with. Hardy would later apologise to Miller at the film's Canne premiere.
The film used three identical War Rigs, the large main truck in the film. They were based on a Czechoslovakian all-wheel drive military vehicle.
Counting the opening voiceovers and discounting any grunts, Max Rockatansky has exactly 52 lines.
While on location in Africa filming Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) in June 2012, Dayna Porter, the stunt double for Charlize Theron, and Dane Grant, the rehearsal double for Tom Hardy, met, fell in love, and, in March 2013, got married. In February 2014, they had their first child, a son named Ryder. Dayna, who changed her last name to Grant after the marriage, founded a school in New Zealand for training stunt performers, and has performed stunts in other projects based in New Zealand, such as Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995). Another stunt performer in the film also met his spouse on the set: in February 2015, stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen married actress Riley Keough, who played Capable.
There is a fan theory that Mad Max in this film is actually the Feral Kid from the second film, The Road Warrior (1981). Max does not speak very much in this film, and he grunts a lot like the Feral Kid. He also has a music box, like the one that Max gives the Feral Kid in the second film. However, a Vertigo comic miniseries cowritten by George Miller establishes that Hardy's Max is the same character as Mel Gibson's Max.
Quentin Kenihan, the actor playing Corpus Colossus, is disabled in real life (he has osteogenesis imperfecta - previously depicted in the 2000 film Unbreakable where Samuel L. Jackson's character was born with Type 1 Osteogenesis imperfecta). No prosthetics, puppets or special effects were used, the only alterations to Mr. Kenihan were makeup.
The first Mad Max film where Max is credited by his full name Max Rockatansky.
An R-rated version and a PG-13 version had been made. After test screenings, Warner Bros had decided to release the R-rated version.
Director George Miller has written a background story for The Doof Warrior, the heavy metal musician, played by Australian singer/songwriter Sean Hape (AKA Iota), playing the flame-shooting electric guitar on The Doof Wagon.
George Miller directed the entire Mad Max action franchise, noted for its violence. Ironically, he is also director of three family friendly movies: the second of the Babe movies, Babe: Pig in the City (1998), and both Happy Feet movies, Happy Feet (2006) and Happy Feet Two (2011).
Writer and feminist Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) was consulted to enhance the portrayal of female characters.
Near the end of the credits there is a memorial dedication that reads "Lance Allen Moore II, May 24, 1987 - March 10, 2015." Moore was a Mad Max fan killed in a motorcycle accident near Silverton, New South Wales, Australia, where The Road Warrior (1981) was filmed.
The paracord bracelet that Max wears belongs to Tom Hardy himself.
At the final vehicle battle, one of the Immortan Joe's henchmen scares Furiosa, before attacking her, with the exact same hiss as the Toecutter in Mad Max (1979).
Several vehicles, including The War Rig, Immortan Joe's double-decker 1959 Cadillac DeVille Gigahorse, The People Eater's Mercedes-Benz Limousine, and The Bullet Farmer's Valiant Charger Peacemaker, as well as The Doof Warrior's Doof Wagon and many of the vehicles driven by the War Boys, are left-hand drive. The appearance of left-hand drive vehicles is a first in the Mad Max movies. The previous films featured only Australian vehicles, which are right-hand drive, such as the rigs seen in The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and Max's famous 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT V8 Pursuit Special (aka The Interceptor), seen in Mad Max (1979) and Mad Max 2 (and this film). In real life, the Australian states and territories (since 2000) exempt the conversion of left hand drive automobiles to right hand drive if the vehicle is 30 years old (15 years old if registered in Western Australia) but the rear turn signals must have orange/amber lenses.
The budget for this film is estimated to be between US$100 million and $150 million, while the converted budget for the original Mad Max (1979) is placed at around $316,620. That means that without inflation, the budget between the two films increased by well over three hundred times. (With inflation, the difference is 100 - 150x.)
Nicholas Hoult learned how to knit from a makeup artist during the seven-month shoot in Namibia.
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.
This is the second Mad Max film for screenwriter Nick Lathouris. As an actor, he played a brief role in Mad Max (1979).
In a July 2014 interview at San Diego Comic-Con International, George Miller said he designed the film in storyboard form before writing the screenplay, working with five storyboard artists. It came out as about 3,500 panels, almost the same number of shots as in the finished film. He wanted the film to be almost a continuous chase, with relatively little dialogue, and to have the visuals come first. Paraphrasing Alfred Hitchcock, Miller said that he wanted the film to be understood in Japan without the use of subtitles.
Jeremy Renner campaigned for the role of Mad Max. At one point the film's long development, Michael Biehn was considered for the role of Max Rockatansky, as were Channing Tatum and Heath Ledger, before his untimely death in 2008. Sam Worthington stated that, like Eric Bana, he has never been approached for the role of Mad Max, despite widespread rumors that circulated the web following the film's announcement. James Frecheville auditioned for a part.
Former SAS soldier Jon Iles, who played the War Boy named The Ace, also headed a security team on the film's set to ensure the safety of the cast, crew, and their families.
This is director George Miller's first R-rated movie since The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
When Max awakes abruptly from his dream right after the blue sequence, the last image of his dream is a close view of eyes popping out of a face. This footage is from Mad Max (1979), when Toecutter is killed.
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.
The character Toast the Knowing is named after visual effects crew member Shyam V. Yadav, who is known for serving free French toast (and hugs) to thousands of people all over the world.
With a runtime of two hours, this is the longest film in the Mad Max series.
First 'Mad Max' movie since Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), a gap of thirty years.
During the flashback sequence after going through the crows, you can see eyes popping out briefly. This is an homage to Mad Max (1979) when a rider crashes into the front of a semi.
The girl who Max sees in his visions, commonly believed to be his daughter, is in fact Glory the Child, who can be seen in the comic series. It can also be noted that she is seen being run down in a desert by a selection of vehicles, while Max's child was killed by a biker gang prior to the war.
Riley Keough, the actress who plays the red-haired bride, Capable, is daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and grand-daughter of Elvis Presley. In real life, Elvis Presley purchased Cadillacs for his friends and family which outnumber his personal collection (in real life he purchased 14 1959 Cadillacs as 'give away' automobiles, mostly used for charitable causes; in real life he does not own the 1959 model since he was stationed in West Germany when serving in the U.S. Army). Only film to date where Keough is seen in an automobile connected with her grandfather, who was an admirer of the Cadillac product line.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley remarked that the cast and crew fraternized a lot after work during the shoot since they were all residing in a small Namibia town (the nearest to the desert) without any tourist attractions or fine dining. Swakopmund is a major Namibian city the capital of the Erongo Region with a population of 44,725 and the major coastal tourist town in Namibia with lots of restaurants and tourist attractions. Part of the crew also stayed in Walvis Bay 41 kms south population population 85,000 the major port for Namibia Botswana Angola Zimbabwe and Zambia. So Namibia's second and third biggest cities!
Tom Hardy had a dog named Max that was given to him when he was a teenager, he passed away in 2011. The dog's name was an honor to Mad Max (1979). Years later, Hardy played the title character in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Max is wearing a metal knee brace like the one in The Road Warrior (1981). In that movie he wears it because he was shot in the knee in Mad Max (1979).
The idea for a fourth instalment occurred to George Miller in August 1998 when he was walking in an intersection in Los Angeles. About a year later, while travelling from Los Angeles to Australia, the idea coalesced. Miller conceived a story where "violent marauders were fighting, not for oil or for material goods, but for human beings." The film was set to shoot in 2001 through 20th Century Fox, but was postponed because of the September 11 attacks that same year. "The American dollar collapsed against the Australian dollar, and our budget ballooned", Miller said, adding that he "had to move on to Happy Feet (2006) because there was a small window when that was ready". Mel Gibson was also set to reprise his role as the lead character. Miller ended up re-casting the role because of controversies surrounding Gibson and because he wanted Max to remain at a younger age, as the "same contemporary warrior".
The crossed belts that the Valkyrie, played by Megan Gale, wears are the same belts Max wore in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). The brass belt buckle has been covered or replaced.
Tom Hardy had been considered for the role of John Connor in another reboot, Terminator Genisys (2015). James Cameron, the director and creator of the "Terminator" franchise had cited The Road Warrior (1981) as one of his influences behind The Terminator (1984).
Megan Gale, who plays The Valkyrie, was previously cast as Wonder Woman in George Miller's film Justice League: Mortal before it was canceled. This is her first Hollywood film.
Second unit director and supervising stunt coordinator Guy Norris was in charge of over 150 stunt performers, which included Cirque du Soleil performers and Olympic athletes.
George Miller described the film as "a very simple allegory, almost a western on wheels".
The second sequel to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture without any of its predecessors being nominated, the first being Toy Story 3 (2010).
According to Visual Effects supervisor Andrew Jackson, there were over 2000 VFX shots used throughout the movie.
According to George Miller, 90% of the effects were practical.
This film continues the pattern of each Mad Max film, in that each one has an actor returning in a different role (Hugh Keays-Byrne here). Bruce Spence appeared as Gyro Captain in The Road Warrior (1981) and Jebediah in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), whilst Max Fairchild appeared in Mad Max (1979) as Benno and as a hostage in Mad Max 2 (1981).
Although the character Mad Max is an Australian, he has yet to be played by an Australian actor. Mel Gibson, the first Mad Max, although raised in Australia, was born in the USA. And Tom Hardy, the second Mad Max, was born in England.
At the beginning of the film, Max has long hair which is cut short by the War Boys. A plausible nod to the previous film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) in which Max had long hair, which is later cut short by Savannah Nix, when she rescues him from the desert.
George Miller invited playwright Eve Ensler to act as an on-set adviser. Impressed with the script's depth and what she saw as feminist themes, she spent a week in Namibia, where she spoke to the actors about issues of violence against women.
When Joe is holding Splendid in the canyon his mask is altered to an open mouth so it looks like he is screaming. In the rest of the movie the mask is closed to show snarling teeth.
The vehicle driven by Immortan Joe, the "Gigahorse" is fully functional and was designed and constructed entirely from scratch for the film. Fitting for Immortan Joe, the design of stacked Coupe DeVilles was intended to symbolize the power and status he wields. The Gigahorse was powered by dual supercharged Chevrolet 502 V8 engines linked together by a custom gearbox feeding into an Allison transmission. In this configuration, the Gigahorse produced over 1,200 horsepower and was capable of reaching 75 mph. According to Hugh Keays-Byrne, who portrayed Immortan Joe, the vehicle was his favorite on set and could be heard for miles when it was being driven.
In February 2013, a leaked draft from the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management group accused the producers of damaging parts of the Namib Desert, endangering a number of plant and animal species. However, the Namibia Film Commission said it had "no reservations" after visiting the set during production. It disputed claims reported in the media, calling the accusations "unjust rhetoric".
First movie of the Mad Max series to be nominated for the Academy Award.
In the original film, the character Valkyrie is first introduced trapped in a cage and nude. In the international version, the scene was changed where she is shown wearing underwear. This was possibly done to avoid the film getting a higher age rating in some countries.
Cinematographer John Seale, who came out of retirement to shoot the film, outfitted his camera crew with six Arri Alexa Pluses and four Alexa Ms, as well as a number of Canon EOS 5Ds and Olympus PEN E-P5s that were used as crash cams for the action sequences.
The only Mad Max movie to be shot on Digital, and to contain CGI. CGI was used to create the Citadel, the sandstorm, duplicate actors for the crowd scenes, change background scenery, enhance explosions, erase wire work, to alter the sand and sky, the day for night sequences, and to composite shots together. According to cinematographer John Seale, nearly every shot was computer manipulated in post production.
Of the eight Best Picture nominees at the 2016 Academy Awards, Mad Max: Fury Road is the only one to not receive a single acting nomination.
The music cue "Claw Trucks", composed by Dutch musician Tom Holkenborg (AKA Junkie XL) for the film's score, is a revamp of his earlier composition "Dauntless Attack", written for the film Divergent (2014).
Certain screenings have shown the film in black & white. There was a rumour that this print would appear on the home video release, and that George Miller tried to press Warner Bros to include it, but it doesn't appear that's going to happen.
Teresa Palmer was originally cast but due to delays of the production, she dropped out and was replaced by Abbey Lee.
Australian crows or ravens are used in the Mad Max films, including Fury Road, as symbols of death and destruction.
Australian showbiz legend Bert Newton was one of the first character actors cast by director George Miller when the movie was to be filmed in Broken Hill, NSW, the original location for The Road Warrior (1981) also known as The Road Warrior. Unfortunately rainfall had completely changed the desert landscape and years later the decision was made to move the production to Namibia. It was then, in mid 2012, that Bert Newton decided to drop out of the production, going on to appear as FDR in the Australian stage revival of "Annie".
Although Max never gives his exact nickname to the audience, he refers to himself with similar words like "insane" or "crazy".
When Nux head-butts Slit, there is a flash of white, which echoes a shot in The Road Warrior (1981): Wez head-butts a compound defender and there is a similar flash of white to show the impact.
The unique tracked vehicle driven by the Bullet Farmer, known as "The Peacemaker" was considered the most dangerous and problematic vehicle on set. It was constructed by mating a Ripsaw tank chassis with a Valiant Charger body. Despite extensive development, the vehicle still had severe problems with braking and engine cooling. The original diesel engine was replaced with a water cooled Merlin V8, which was itself replaced by a Chevrolet 502 V8 when the former was destroyed after ingesting sand on set. A complete redesign of the brake and cooling systems was required to make the vehicle usable on set. Like many of the vehicles used in the film, The Peacemaker was crushed after production concluded.
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The first Mad Max film to win Oscars: The film won 6 Oscars at the 2016 Academy Awards. Best Achievement in Film Editing. Best Achievement in Costume Design. Best Achievement in Makeup and Hair Styling. Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Best Achievement in Production Design.
The film contains about 2,700 cuts of its entire running length, which is equivalent to 22.5 cuts per minute compared to The Road Warrior (1981)'s 1,200 cuts of its 90-minute running time equivalent to 13.33 cuts per minute.
This film is considered an Ozploitation movie, an Australian genre and/or Australian exploitation movie.
Co-writer Brendan McCarthy designed many of the new characters and vehicles.
In the new Max Rockatansky's back-story: Max lost his family when they were killed in the midst of the chaos of the nuclear attack.
During the project's hiatus between 2003 and 2009, George Miller considered making the film as a 3D animated feature. In addition to that, George Miller was developing an action-adventure tie-in video game based on it, along with God of War II (2007) video game designer Cory Barlog. Both projects were expected to take two to two-and-a-half years, according to Miller, with a release date of either 2011 or 2012. Fury Road was going to be produced at Dr. D Studios, a digital art studios founded in 2008 by Miller and Doug Mitchell.
According to production designer Colin Gibson, the sandy desert environment took a heavy toll on the vehicles used during filming. Nearly all intakes for the superchargers lacked air filters, and so were very prone to ingesting sand.
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The long range rifle used by Charlize Theron is a Chinese Type 56 carbine (which is a Chinese manufactured variant of the Russian SKS but with a fully hooded front sight; production commenced in 1956 alongside the Type 56 assault rifle which is based on the AK47). Originally designed in 1943 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov, it was based off the design of the AVS-36 but used the 7.62x39 round). The SKS was chosen as the standard service rifle with the Soviet armed forces in 1945 (it was chosen over a 1944 selective fire carbine design by Mikhail Kalashinkov which lost out to the SKS since Simonov was an elder statesman of Soviet gun design; this particular carbine design had features which were incorporated into the design of what evolved into the AK-47). Making its design 70 years old at the time of the films release.
Amid claims of the film going over-budget and behind schedule, Warner Bros. then sent a producer to oversee production in Namibia.
Courtney Eaton (Cheedo the Fragile) replaced Adelaide Clemens due to scheduling conflicts. This is her first film. She did not know anything about the films until her dad told her, who was a big fan of the films.
Despite having custom logos starting the film, Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures (and RatPac-Dune Entertainment) aren't credited until the very end of the film, after all other credits have rolled.
Of the actresses seen as the Five Wives, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee (her film debut), and Riley Keough have done runway modelling prior to acting. Huntington-Whiteley and Lee are past Victoria's Secret models (Lee was featured during the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show during the Pink Planet segment). Courtney Eaton started as a child and teen model prior to acting, and is a close friend to Lee in real life.
When first spotting "The Gassers" from the War Rig two breeders look from the window to spot them for Furiosa. One uses binoculars while the other uses a spyglass. This is a reference to The Road Warrior (1981) where he and the pilot use binoculars and a spyglass to watch the refinery get attacked by Humungus' crew.
Valhalla is the name of an afterlife paradise in Norse mythology. The Valkyries lead half of the men who die in battle to a majestic hall, ruled over by the god, Odin.
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Filming lasted 120 days, and the film runs at 113 minutes without credits. So, it could be said that each day equals about a minute of the film.
Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult also co-star in Dark Places (2015).
This is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's second major acting role after Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).
At least four members of the cast have been involved in comic book films. Tom Hardy starred as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Nicholas Hoult starred as Hank/Beast in X: First Class (2011), Zoë Kravitz who starred as Angel in X: First Class (2011), and Josh Helman who starred as William Stryker in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Hoult also starred in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and will star in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
The lead visual effects company for the film was Iloura, who delivered more than 1,500 effects shots. Additional visual effects studios that worked on the film include Method Studios, Stereo D, 4DMax, BlackGinger, The Third Floor, and Dr. D Studios.
The breathing apparatus that Immortan Joe wears throughout the film is similar in shape and function to the mask Tom Hardy wore as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The mask that Max wears during the first few scenes of the film is also reminiscent of this design.
It was speculated that Tom Hardy's Max in this film is The Feral Kid (Emil Minty) from The Road Warrior (1981) and that when Feral Kid grew to manhood, he abandoned his identity as The Feral Kid and modeled his new persona after the original Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) and that he built his V8 Interceptor out of spare parts from other vehicles. The Feral Kid stated that he never saw the Mel Gibson Max ever again and that he became the leader of the great Northern tribe. But if so, The Feral Kid may have lied, when telling the story about meeting The Road Warrior as a boy.
This is the first film in the Mad Max series in which the Max Rockatansky character is seen to fire a standard purpose-built handgun. As an MFP officer in Mad Max (1979), Max carries a revolver, but always reaches for a shotgun - including his iconic sawed-off shotgun - when the need for a weapon arises. In The Road Warrior (1981), Max only uses the sawed-off shotgun. In Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), Max threatens another character with a pistol but never fires it, and handles a revolver without using it.
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In later scenes Max appears to be wearing a South African M-83 load bearing vest.
John Powell was set to compose the soundtrack.
The unofficial Mad Max Wiki website indicates that the film takes place after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). The little girl in Max's vision was called Glory the Child who appeared in the comics before Fury Road takes place. Max is seen driving his V8 interceptor at the beginning of the film, which was destroyed in The Road Warrior (1981). In the comics Max was able to find another V8 Interceptor.
Keeping in line with the previous incarnations, Max barely speaks in this film. This excludes his narration in the beginning.
Courtney Eaton was in her mid-teens during filming and had much less film experience than the rest of the cast, so she ended up taking on the baby sister role among the actors in real life, too. In addition, she became close friends with Abbey Lee, which is most likely why Cheedo and the Dag are always holding each other.
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Fans of the franchise were confused when it was speculated and debated on if the reboot wasn't a "reboot" and was a sequel or a prequel that took place before Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) or before Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985). George Miller had stated that Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) was a reboot and that he didn't want to do the same story again and want the new incarnation of Max to be remembered as a man with nothing to lose. George Miller later confirmed that the film is a "revisiting" and is kind of a sequel to the previous "Mad Max" films and that it is mostly a relaunch and revisit to that world.
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Weta Digital was originally involved with the film when it was scheduled for a 2012 release. The company was to be handling visual effects, conceptual designs, specialty make-up effects, and costume designs until production was postponed from its November 2010 start date.
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Marco Beltrami was considered to score the film.
Since Immortan Joe wears a full breathing mask in all of his scenes, no part of his face below his eyes is ever seen.
Fans of the popular British tabletop game Warhammer 40,000 noted that Immortan Joe and his army bore a number of uncanny similarities to an Ork war band in the game. Specifically they cite the way the soldiers fought in an almost insane, nihilistic, devil-may-care fashion, right down to their vehicles having a DIY scrapyard aesthetic.
It was rumoured that Mel Gibson would have a cameo role as a drifter but it turned out to be false.
Lord Humungus, the main antagonist of The Road Warrior (1981) and Emperor Palpatine, antagonist of the Star Wars series, are considered strong influences behind Immortan Joe. Like Palpatine, Immortan Joe is a disfigured tyrant and like Lord Humungus, Immortan Joe conceals his deformed face behind a mask.
The cast and crew had to endure extreme heat while filming in Namibia.
The first Mad Max movie to be released in 3-D.
The re-release (2016) in Spain was only in 27 theaters.
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Immortan Joe's war club actually belonged to Hugh Keays-Byrne's mother-in-law. It was given to her during the second World War. After she died it was laying around and Hugh thought it was interesting so he took it.
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The Japanese release features a song that is entitled "Out of Control" that plays over the end credits. The song is preformed by American Rap rock band Zebrahead featuring famous Japanese Punk rock band Man With a Mission. It is absent in the US and other international releases and instead the end credits features music composed by Junkie XL.
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The portion of the blood-bag information tattoo being painfully needled into Max's back at The Citadel that was completed before he escapes reads: Day 12045, ht 10 hands, 180 lbs, No Name, No Lumps, No Bumps, Full Life Clear, Two good eyes, No Busted limbs, Piss OK, Genitals Intact, Multiple Scars, Heals Fast, O-NEGATIVE, HIGH-OCTANE, UNIVERSAL DONOR, Lone Road Warrior Rundown on The Powder Lakes V8, No Guzzoline, No Supplies, ISOLATE PSYCHOTIC, Keep Muzzled...
The last image is of Furiosa rising into Joe's Citadel, Max having melted into the crowds. George Miller disclosed: "Very early on, I had [Max] going up to the top of the Citadel with them. But Tom Hardy picked that up very early - Max would never go. He wasn't even remotely ready for that. We end on the idea of Furiosa and the others taking over all the resources. It asks the question: are they going to do any better?"
Even though it is an independent movie in the series, it has references to other Mad Max pictures: the opening shot resembles the beginning of The Road Warrior (1981) and the music box one of the wives carries is a nod to the music box Max gives the Feral Kid in the same movie. When Max suggests to Furiosa and the other women that they turn the rig around and drive back to where they have just come from this is a nod to The Road Warrior (1981), as is Max's misfiring shotgun and when Max first approaches Furiosa with an unconscious body over his shoulder. He has a metallic brace on his leg just like in Mad Max 2, and was presumably worn in that film because of the injury he sustains being shot in the knee at the end of the previous film Mad Max (1979). Max is staked up front on Nux's Chevrolet coupe, same as the hostages on Lord Humugus' vehicle.
Near the movie's end, Max (Tom Hardy) tells the unconscious Furiosa, 'My name is Max.' At the same time, he performs some facial tics (eyebrow raise, twitches, squints). This is a nod to Mel Gibson's style of acting, who used this technique to communicate a crazed/manic look.
Max and the main antagonist, Immortan Joe, never directly interact with each other, apart from when Max hijacks the People Eater's Limousine. They exchange gunshots during the takeover.
When Max is tied to the front of Nux's car, there is a skull with a pilot's cap and goggles on a spike above him. This is a reference to the Gyro Captain, who appeared in The Road Warrior (1981).
When Engine #1 of the War Rig breaks down during the final chase to The Citadel, the sound it makes is the same sound the Millennium Falcon makes when it breaks down in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
With the exception of Max and Nux, all of the film's male characters are villains. Conversely, all of the female characters are good.
Max's 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT V8 Pursuit Special (aka The Interceptor), seen in the first two films, Mad Max (1979) and The Road Warrior (1981), is seen in this film as well. Its appearance is identical to its battered state seen in the second film. The Interceptor is quickly wrecked in the film's opening sequence, rebuilt, and ultimately wrecked again.
Max's sawed-off shotgun misfires when he tries to shoot off Nux's wrist, as it did in The Road Warrior (1981). (When Furiosa pulls the trigger, it doesn't mis-fire as there was only 1 live cartridge in the gun, as Nux had fired off the other one earlier)
A theory supposes that this was originally planned as a sequel to Mad Max (1979) and a prequel to The Road Warrior (1981), with Immortan Joe as Toe Cutter, who survived the accident in Mad Max but was badly injured, and Rictus Erectus was supposed to survive the accident at the end of the film to become Lord Humungus. This is not substantiated by any comments by the creators and directly contradicts the movie's production history.
Body Count: 110 (34 killed by Max and 32 killed by Furiosa).
The only film in the Mad Max series where the last road battle does not end in a head-on collision between two vehicles and a main antagonist is killed in the process.
Charlize Theron will not return as Imperator Furiosa for Mad Max: The Wasteland. The "Mad Max" films are influenced by the western genre and like the mysterious gunfighter, Max leaves and moves on to an entirely new adventure.
In the last scene of the movie, Furiosa's eye is swollen shut as a result of injury, the same as Max's is at the end of The Road Warrior (1981).
In a likely reference, Nux crashes the War Rig in the same way the tanker crashes at the end of The Road Warrior (1981).
A deleted scene shows Miss Giddy's fate; she is left with Angharad's body, and attacked by crows (the crows were never added).
When Max asks Nux if he's a "blackthumb" and can fix Engine #1 while they are on the War Rig may be a reference to the character Blackfinger from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), who is the chief mechanic in Bartertown.
The scene where Nux flips the War Rig to block the pass was filmed almost entirely using practical effects at George Miller' insistence, who believed using CGI would ruin the movie and models would be insufficient. Therefore, the scene was filmed with master stunt driver Lee Adamson behind the wheel as the War Rig was hydraulically launched onto its side at full speed. Although the production team planned for multiple takes if the War Rig failed to land in the right spot, the stunt was filmed flawlessly on the first and only take. Miller was initially alarmed while watching the footage, having seen the dummy representing Nux being partially crushed when the vehicle landed, and mistaking it for driver Lee Adamson, who was in a protected cage on the other side. After filming the demise of the War Rig, the Doof Wagon was filmed crashing into it from behind, as depicted in the film. CGI was used only for some of the debris.
Max's first and last lines revolve around him telling somebody what his name is. The first time he tells the audience in a voice over. The second time he tells Furiosa while giving her his blood.
The music box Toast the Knowing is playing is similar to the one seen in The Road Warrior (1981), which Max pulls off a body in a wrecked truck and later gives to the Feral Kid.
After the War Rig is driven off the platform and the platform begins to rise as it is drawn back up into The Citadel, a lone woman can be seen standing in the center. In the previous wide-angle shot of the crowd, The Wretched were shown begging for a place in Immortan Joe's coterie. This woman, played by Debra Ades, was likely brought aboard to be used as a milker or breeder.
Megan Gale's character "The Valkyrie" was originally suppose to live, but she got pregnant during production and had to leave the project early, so George Miller decided to kill her character off.
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In one of the scenes the War Rig has a collision with a black Mack tractor unit. The same style of Mack tractor unit was featured in The Road Warrior (1981) to pull the fuel tanker trailer.
After Max searches Furiosa's cab for weapons and leaves with all her guns, Furiosa reveals a hidden knife sheathed in her gear shift. In Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), Max is disarmed before entering Bartertown, but hides a knife sheathed in a fly swatter.
The blood-bag information tattoo on Max's back contains a description of his capture: "Lone Road Warrior Rundown on The Powder Lakes V8". Calling him a "Road Warrior" is a reference to the second film, The Road Warrior (1981), which was released under the title "The Road Warrior" in the USA.
Immortan Joe wears a face mask for medical purposes, which is functionally similar to the mask worn by Tom Hardy when he portrayed Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). In both films, each character is defeated by the hero damaging or destroying the mask.

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