It’s been a long road, but we’re just a few weeks away from Tom Hardy’s debut in the new-look Mad Max. But what comes after Fury Road?
The actor, who takes over the title role for Mel Gibson in the new sequel, chatted with Esquire about the project — with the biggest reveal being that he is locked in for three sequels. Of course, Hardy notes the potential sequels are always "based on figures and how things are perceived." But, assuming Fury Road is as good as advertised ("fu**king unbelievable," as Hardy describes), it sounds like he could be fronting a whole new spin on the franchise for years to come.
As for the shoot itself? Hardy said the experience was unlike just about any other modern blockbuster, as they were out in the deserts of Namibia on their own doing pretty much whatever they wanted, with no prying eyes. Of course, that freedom is probably part of why they spent so much time in post doing reshoots, but still — the results look incredible:
"We were in the middle of nowhere, so far away from the studio system that [Warner Bros] can’t really see what’s going on, and just getting things to and from the set was a nightmare. We’d lose half a vehicle in sand and have to dig it out. It was just this unit in the middle of x-million square-kilometres of desert, and then this group of lunatics in leathers, like a really weird S&M party, or a Hell’s Angels convention. It was like Cirque du Soleil meets f--king Slipknot."
Years ago, director George Miller had talked about shooting Fury Road and a sequel back to back, but when Fury Road ballooned in size they just scaled down to focus on it. Come May 15, we’ll finally get to see the fruits of that labor.
Do you think Fury Road will be good enough to keep Hardy around the burned-out apocalypse for a few more sequels?