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They say the essence of good storytelling is drama, though that usually has to do with the characters themselves, not the actors portraying them. Ever since ‘Mad Max: Fury Road‘ blew audiences away in theaters, there have been rumors of tension on set between Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, who play the principle characters in the film. Whatever sparked the actual incident, it seems that both actors were able to channel some of the drama into their characters, which might have helped sell the challenging relationship on screen as well. As Theron told WSJ Magazine in a  recent interview:

“From what I hear, he’s not like that on every movie—I hear he’s had good experiences. Maybe the movie is what it is because we struggled so much with each other, and those characters had to struggle so much with each other. If we were chum-chum, maybe the movie would have been 10 times worse.”

And, of course, there is director George Miller’s take on what went on between the two actors:

“I’m not saying that they were seething right through, but the trajectory of the characters can’t help but seep into the work,” Miller said of Hardy and Theron. “When they first meet each other, they’re trying to kill each other. As the two characters come together out of necessity and rather reluctantly, they have to find a degree of trust. And to some extent that was the trajectory of their relationship as well.”

In hindsight, it was a long shoot in the desert, which Miller has stated publicly was very difficult for cast and crew, so it is not unreasonable to assume that at certain points, some personalities would clash on set. The good news is that in the end they produced a fantastic film, and can hopefully find a way to recreate the magic again should Miller decide to return once more to the ‘Mad Max’ world.


Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter (@starfro67)