Charlize Theron Requested Protection From Tom Hardy On The Set Of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ was nominated for ten awards at the 88th Academy Awards back in 2016. It won six out of ten. The movie was considered to be one of the best films of the year, but the making of the film? Well, it was one of the worst on set experiences for Charlize Theron.

In a new book detailing the behind-the-scenes drama of the movie, Theron revealed that her relationship with co-star Tom Hardy was so volatile that she requested protection from him on set.

The book, Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road, was put together by journalist Kyle Buchanan.

According to a camera operator who worked on set, Hardy and Theron had been battling for weeks when things became explosive one memorable day. On this day, Theron and Hardy were scheduled to be on set at eight in the morning. Theron was always on time, but Hardy typically arrived late, especially during morning call times.

Charlize got there right at eight o’clock, sat in the War Rig, knowing that Tom’s never going to be there at eight even though they made a special request for him to be there on time. He was notorious for never being on time in the morning. If the call time was in the morning, forget it — he didn’t show up.

Whether that was some kind of power play or not, I don’t know, but it felt deliberately provocative.

He showed up three hours late to set that day, while Theron waited in full makeup and costume. Safe to say, she was pissed when he showed up.

She jumps out of the War Rig, and she starts swearing her head off at him, saying, ‘Fine the f**king cunt a hundred thousand dollars for every minute that he’s held up this crew She was right. Full rant. She screams it out. It’s so loud, it’s so windy — he might’ve heard some of it, but he charged up to her and went, ‘What did you say to me?’

He was quite aggressive. She really felt threatened, and that was the turning point.

After the incident, Theron didn’t feel safe around Hardy, so she requested that a female producer shadow her on set to speak up for her.

Theron admitted as much…

It got to a place where it was kind of out of hand, and there was a sense that maybe sending a woman producer down could maybe equalize some of it, because I didn’t feel safe. I kind of put my foot down. George then said, ‘Okay, well, if Denise comes…’ He was open to it and that kind of made me breathe a little bit, because it felt like I would have another woman understanding what I was up against.

Hardy admits he was in over his head while filming and that he felt so much pressure. He admittedly didn’t handle the situation well.

What she needed was a better, perhaps more experienced partner in me… I’d like to think that now that I’m older and uglier, I could rise to that occasion.

Idris Elba And Tilda Swinton Both On Board For George Miller’s ‘Three Thousand Years Of Longing’

At 73-years-old, George Miller is still going strong. Three years after the wild success of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,” Miller is returning to write/direct a film titled Three Thousand Years of Longing.

And he’s going to have an incredible cast to work with. We know that both Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton have agreed to star in the film.

Not much is known about the mysterious epic, but according to Deadline it’s “said to be unlike anything the filmmaker has done before,” which will either make you excited or terrified. I mean, the dude’s last two films were Mad Max and and Happy Feet Two, so what hasn’t he done?

Some sources say this movie will be a love story featuring a genie, but I’m not sure if that’s been confirmed yet.

We will keep you posted as more information is released. Keep your eyes out for this one, folks. It could be something special.

By the way, Elba is currently filming the ‘Fast & Furious‘ spinoff ‘Hobbs and Shaw‘ with Dwayne Johnson. You can find Swinton in the fantasy/thriller, Suspiria.

It’s Going To Be Okay, George Miller Confirms He Still Plans To Make More ‘Mad Max’ Films!


We have some good news to report this Friday. You may remember hearing earlier this week that director George Miller was finished with the Mad Max franchise. We even reported the news a few days ago. It was pretty shocking for Mad Max fans around the world, especially when you consider the success of Fury Road.

But now we are happy to report that Miller is still planning on making two more Mad Max films. The director clarified his comments yesterday by explaining the reporter didn’t understand what he was trying to say.

“That was a completely garbled interview. I was in New York and it was so noisy and the journalist was asking me questions on a red carpet at the National Board of Review. She completely got the wrong fragments of information that were just not true. I said no, [another Mad Max movie] will not be next, and she took that to mean I never wanted to make another Mad Max. It won’t necessarily be next, but I have two more stories.”

Basically, the reporter thought Miller said he wouldn’t be returning to wasteland, but all he really said was that he wanted to work on a separate project before returning. He simply needs a break, which is certainly understandable because filming these Mad Max films are not easy.

This news should be enough to power you through the final hours of work before the weekend. You are welcome.

George Miller Claims He’s Finished With The ‘Mad Max’ Franchise, Find Out Why Inside!


Earlier this month, it seemed like George Miller was considering a return to the Mad Max universe. He told Entertainment Weekly that Charlize Theron‘s Furiosa was a “pretty compelling character” and would make for a great Mad Max spin-off film.

And he still might believe that, but after hearing the comments he gave at the Golden Globes, it’s clear he doesn’t want to be the one directing the potential spin-off.

The Mad Max: Fury Road director told Page Six the following…

“I won’t make more Mad Max movies. I’ve shot in Australia in a field of wild flowers and flat red earth when it rained heavily forever. We had to wait 18 months and every return to the US was 27 hours. Those ‘Mad Maxes’ take forever. I won’t do those anymore.”

We all knew filming Fury Road was brutal, but it certainly seemed to be worth it. It’s already received several awards and it was just recently announced as the best-reviewed film of 2015 by Rotten Tomatoes. It scored an incredible 97% rating on the site.

But we must remember Miller will be 71-years-old in just a few months. He’s had a ridiculously successful career in Hollywood. Why not end one of his most beloved franchises on the highest of notes? You can’t blame the guy.

What Was The Best Movie Of The Year? This Is What Quentin Tarantino Thinks…


On Christmas night, I will be watching Quentin Tarantino‘s latest film, The Hateful Eight. From the reports I have been hearing, it sounds like it’s going to be an amazing experience. It will probably end up being one of my favorite movies of the year.

But I realize no one cares about my “top 10 movies of 2015” list. It’s more interesting for everyone to hear what filmmakers in Hollywood believe is the best movie of 2015.  And fortunately, thanks to the French outlet Premiere, we have Tarantino’s pick for the best film of the year.

They asked him the question during the Paris Premiere of his new movie…

“It would have to be the Mad Max movie, Fury Road….I got a print of Mad Max on 35mm and I watched it in my house, and I had it all weekend and I ended up watching it three different times. And I resisted seeing it for a while because I was like, ‘Mad Max without Mel Gibson? Forget that!’ In a world where Mel Gibson exists, how can you cast Tom Hardy? So, I even wanted to get all defiant about it and #NotMyMax. Then I saw the movie and, ‘Okay, it’s terrific,’ and he’s pretty good in it, I have to admit, he’s pretty good.”

That’s certainly a safe choice. The film has already received several awards this year, including being named the year’s best movie by the National Board Of Review. It has thirteen Critics Choice nominations and two Golden Globe nominations.

And by the way, for those thinking Quentin is a film snob who could never enjoy watching a silly romantic comedy. You should probably watch the video below…


‘Mad Max: Fury Road” Is Named The Best Movie Of 2015 By National Board Of Review


Back in September, we told you that Mad Max: Fury Road was already taking home awards. The International Federation of Film Critics named it the best film of 2015, beating out The Assassin, Taxi and Son of Saul.

Now just a few months later, we can officially add another grand award. The National Board of Review has named George Miller‘s masterpiece the best film of 2015. The organization, founded back in 1909, has always been one of the first major film critic groups to announce their annual award-winners.

Unfortunately, the Academy Award voters don’t usually agree with their choices. The last five movies to get that special Best Film title by the National Board of review have been: A Most Violent Year, Her, Zero Dark Thirty, Hugo, and The Social Network. They all failed to take home the Best Picture Oscar.

There were other awards handed out by the organization. Ridley Scott won Best Director for his work on The Martian, and Matt Damon won Best Actor for his performance in the film.

MovieSmackTalk favorite Brie Larson took home the Best Actress award for her brilliant performance in Room, and Sylvester Stallone won Best Supporting Actor for his work in Creed.

I saw Creed last week and I was surprised by Stallone’s performance. His name definitely deserves to be on the list when the Oscars come around.

Check out the full list by clicking this link.

There Will Be More Mad Max Movies, Warner Bros. And Director Split Between Two Sequels

After the success of this summer’s Mad Max: Fury Road, most everyone assumed we would be getting another sequel. And now it looks like we no longer have to assume. Another film in the franchise appears to be a sure thing at the moment, but there is still some confusion surrounding the project.

Apparently, there are two competing sequel scripts floating around out there, and no one knows which one will get made, not even director George Miller.

During a recent interview with Top Gear, the directed admitted Warner Bros. was interested in producing the two scripts…

“So we ended up with two scripts, without really trying. We’re talking to the studio about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I’m not so sure. I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly. We shot Fury Road for eight months… that’s a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it’s very wearing. We’ve got two more planned, but at some point in the future.”

As you can see from the quote above, it doesn’t look like he’s in a rush to film the project. It will probably be at least three years before another Mad Max film is released, but that’s okay! The long wait works for a series like this.

We’ll keep you posted on the sequel news, but like we said, it could be a long wait.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Voted Best Film of 2015 By International Film Critics

It’s only September, but George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road is already taking home some impressive awards. The International Federation of Film Critics has named it the best film of 2015, awarding it the organization’s annual Grand Prix.

The 493 members nominated films released after July 1, 2014, and then selected from four finalists. The three other finalists for 2015 were, Son of Saul, The Assassin, and Taxi. Miller will accept the award at the San Sebastian Film Festival later this month. The celebration begins on September 18.

Last year, Richard Linklater‘s masterpiece Boyhood, won the top prize. Previous filmmakers who have won the award include, Paul Thomas Anderson, Michael Haneke, Jean-Luc Godard and Pedro Almodovar.

This certainly won’t be the last award for Fury Road. The fall film festival season is about to kick off, which means Mad Max will have some new competitors to watch out for in this upcoming award season, but it’s going to be hard for any film to receive better reviews than Mad Max: Fury Road.

It’s currently sitting at a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. 291 fresh reviews and just 9 rotten reviews, and those 9 critics must have been in a rotten mood while watching the movie.

If you still haven’t watched this film, I have some good news for you. It’s now available to purchase on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. You should definitely watch it this weekend.

Movie Review: Mad Max Fury Road – A Complete Reimagining Of The Original And It Was Beautifully Done.

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I need to be honest and admit I was never a fan of the Mad Max movies of the 80s. I actually thought they were pretty darn stupid. That was with the exception of Beyond Thunderdome, which in my opinion was the only one worth watching. So I was one of the few people who wasn’t exactly thrilled that they’d decided to continue on with the series.

To my surprise, I actually enjoyed this refueled version of Mad Max.

The story starts with Max being pursued by a bunch of crazy looking, bone wearing guzzaline addicted War Boys. They are let by the creepy leader Joe (Hugh Keyes-Byrne, who also played the villain in the original Mad Max). Of course, Max gets captured, and tortured. Then, an extremely bad ass Charlize Theron shows up a warrior Furiosa, steals Joe’s girlfriends and breaks Max out.

Both Hardy and Theron burn up the screen with their intensity. I’ve never really seen Theron as an action star, I mean, I have seen Aeon Flux, but in this movie, she shines as the torn, revenge driven leading lady. Hardy also adds something to the original Max, who was mainly known for being broody when played by Mel Gibson 30 years ago, but is so much more than that now.

The story has been revamped in a way that actually makes it worth watching. I always felt like I was watching a crappy movie filmed at a dump with the original Mad Max movies, but they flipped the script on me this time and really did some major world building. You no longer think you’re watching a bunch of acting school drop outs with bad hair argue about gas. Instead, it really captured the post-apocalyptic sense beautifully.

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The director does an amazing job, pulling away from even attempting to keep this PG-13 and instead going all in on violence and vehicular carnage. He is not afraid to go there with his filming and the action of the movie actually matches the intensity of the leads.

This is not a remake or even a reboot. It’s a complete reimagining of the original and it was beautifully done. While I’d usually only watch the movies when they were on late night cable, now I’m willing to watch them in the theater. That says something special about this film, because it’s really hard to get me off the couch.

Of course, this isn’t really one for the kids. It’s violent and rough to watch. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed from the original. The director seems to almost revel in carnage. It’s a spectacle of a film that does not rely on special effects or CGI. It’s fueled purely by good direction and excellent acting. In today’s theater filled with overblown superheroes and constant CGI, this was an amazing change of pace that kind of blew my mind.

I assumed I was going to hate this, but I really, really enjoyed this. It was extremely well done and way higher quality than the originals. Not only is this one worth the watch, but I’m awaiting the next installment eagerly.

four and a half stars

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George Miller Tells Fans There Is More Mad Max To Come, Reveals Title For Mad Max 5

Fans of the ‘Mad Max‘ franchise had a wonderful weekend. Mad Max: Fury Road hit theaters and earned a nice weekend total at the box office, bringing in $109.5 million worldwide. Reports say production costs were around $150 million, so it’s likely the film will earn it all back.

That’s great news for fans wanting more Mad Max. It’s still not clear if the studio is ready to commit to another film, but we know director George Miller is ready. He admitted that he has already completed a script for the sequel.

And just recently, he revealed the title of the followup would be, Mad Max: The Wasteland.

“We’ve got one screenplay and a novella. It happened because with the delays [on Fury Road] and writing all the backstories, they just expanded.”

So, would Charlize Theron be returning? Because we know that’s the question everyone wants to ask. She is one of the main reasons this latest film has been so successful, but even if her character is included in the new script, it doesn’t look like the actress wants to return.


She told Esquire that shooting the film was brutal…

“We shot a war movie on a moving truck — there’s very little green screen. It was like a family road trip that just never went anywhere. We never got anywhere. We just drove. We drove into nothingness, and that was maddening sometimes.”

We’ll see what happens. For now, the best way to guarantee a sequel is to convince everyone you know to watch this movie in theaters.