Charlize Theron Talks ‘Mad Max 4: Fury Road’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 23rd, 2013 at 10:00 am,

Charlize Theron is no stranger to characters who dwell in grand and fantastical worlds. She will bring her bloody reign in theaters this weekend as the Evil Queen in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman and is hard at work in London prepping for the premiere of Ridley Scott’s epic return to sci-fi Prometheus where she plays (possibly) nefarious company woman Meredith Vickers.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Theron in a roundtable discussion at the London press event for the film and were able to gather a few tidbits about her upcoming re-imagining (rather than a sequel or prequel as some have assumed) of Mad Max with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as the titular character. The film marks the return of the franchise, after a 27-year absence, which has suffered a series of fits and starts as it made its way into active production.

Note: A quick warning to our more sensitive readers, the following interview contains profane language.

Question: I’m really looking forward to a certain Mad Max movie that is coming up. What can you tell people about that project and when do you begin filming?

Theron: “I leave in like two and a half weeks and we start shooting I think around mid-July in Namibia. I’m f**king dying, too, it’s been three years. It’s time to skin this cat already, so yeah, I’m very excited about it.”

Q: Is the script that you were given all that time ago exactly what you’re still doing?

Theron: “Yes, exactly the same script. I know. It was more logistics. It was the fact that he had to finish ‘Happy Feet.’ Then there was terrible floods in Australia, and the desert just never recovered from it. That sounds horrible. It did recover in a beautiful way, but not in a way that we needed it to, so that was a huge problem for us.”

Q: What is it about that project that you’re looking forward to taking on?

Theron: “I think that just like this (‘Prometheus’) that it’s an interesting world. I feel that I have a real interest in this world, and I think people will have an interest in this world because ‘Alien’ kinda set that up for us. I feel like the original ‘Mad Max’ created such a vivid world, that to go back and re-imagine it and kind of replay in that sandbox sounds like fun to me. George (Miller, the director of the film) really created a female character that I’ve never read anything like. I mean, I’m scared shitless.”

Q: What is it he’s asking of you? Is it something you’ve never done?

Theron: “No, it’s a really challenging piece of material. I think for me originally when they were like, ‘Oh, ‘Mad Max.’’ I was like, ‘Uh, I’m not going to play the fucking girl for ‘Mad Max.’’ Then I read it and I was like, ‘Oh, ‘Mad Max.’ I feel sorry for you.’ (Laughs) That rarely happens. It’s just really, it’s two great characters. It’s not the original ‘Mad Max.’ It’s the revamped ‘Mad Max.’ It’s Tom Hardy, who’s incredible. So, the whole thing is just exciting, very, very exciting.

Q: Are you as excited to be back making huge movies?

Theron: “I just want to make good movies. Honestly, the only difference for me with this stuff is that there is more people on the set. You know, the narrative for me is always the most important thing. I feel like 15 years ago you could compartmentalize these things. You could be like, ‘Well, that’s your little indie movie, and this is your big film.’ I feel like now, that with movies like ‘District 9,’ I think studios have learned that you can merge the two. A good narrative and a big blockbuster is a good fucking movie, so why separate the two? So, those are the kind of movies that I’m looking for. I don’t want to separate like my good work from my big studio movies anymore. I just want to be a part of some good storytelling.”

Q: So do you feel you have a new lease of life?

Theron: “I mean, I’ve had a really great last year. Everything from ‘Young Adult’ to this, I feel very creatively satisfied and going on to ‘Mad Max.’ So I feel really, really lucky, yeah.”

Q: Is that one of those films where it’s going to be PG-13, or are you guys pushing for  a hard R? Do you know?

Theron: “I can’t say. I mean, ultimately it’s going to be up to George Miller, but it feels like…”

Q: I know there’s some violence.

Theron: “Yeah, yeah, there’s some bad-ass violence in it. I mean, if we do what the script is, I don’t know how you can do, but then I feel like PG-13 is pushing a little bit, too, which is good. It feels like—I don’t know. I remember being like, young and watching ‘Alien’ and loving it.”

I think most of us can remember that. We look forward to seeing what Theron will bring to this new version of the Mad Max universe.

Prometheus opens in theaters in the U.S. on June 8th.

There is no release date yet set for Mad Max: Fury Road

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  1. finally…i cant wait for this movie

    • hello does anyone know if charlize theron and tom hardy are in Namibia at the moment for filming of the mad max movie

  2. very nice pic of Ms Theron.

  3. YES ! its finally happening

  4. She has come a long way from playing that blonde bombshell in “2 days in the valley” The funny thing was at the time i thought that would be a one and done affair for her. But she showed me…

    Turns out she could actually act. When she put on the prosthetic and changed her appearance in MONSTER i knew she was a “real actor” not just some good looking babe.

  5. Not sure what movie she watched, but Mad Max’s world was anything but “vivid”. Maybe she was thinking of Sendak’s Max in Where the Wild Things Are. Or maybe she’s F’ing smoking too much F’ing weed.

    • She must have seen the same movies I saw.

  6. I never knew about any movie titled Mad Max so i haven’t seen the originals but maybe i will now that they seem to be sequalizing or rebooting it (couldn’t really tell in the interview which one it was). I like Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron (Theron in more ways than one) both of them are great actors and since they got the old director back this sounds a pretty damn interesting. Its good that they are finally filming after all those delays i can only imagine how crazy and frustrating that would be. I’LL SEE THIS MOVIE

    • I love them all, even the third one, which most people don’t. But the first two are definitely fast and economical. Just realize that Mad Max was low budget, and the follow-up Road Warrior (or Mad Max 2 outside the US where the first movie was a hit), had a much bigger budget.

  7. I only ever saw the first Mad Max. It’s awesome. They ought to give it an R- rating for the same reason Prometheus needed an R-rating; to be in keeping with its roots. It’s gotta give us those crazy violent moments of gritty metallic insanity. Can you picture some classic Ozploitation-style madness with a Hollywood budget?
    I just hope they keep the special effects practical, the pants leather, and the landscape just, so dusty. I also hope they drive their cars way too fast. That’s vital.

  8. +1 very nice pic of Ms Theron.

  9. I’ll give Tom Hardy the benefit of the doubt as Max. Hardy is a good actor. So is Theron. But IF Mad Max (the remake) is rated PG-13 let’s get real here. Made it rated R – nothing else. Mad Max 1 & 2 both were R rated films and had mega and disturbing violence. THAT is Max’s world. Notice how I left out Mad Max 3? So since Mad Max 4 is now officially happening, as well as two more Mad Max films after that, make sure Mad Max Fury Road gets a hard ball R rating. I just it reinvents itself and remains a step ahead all other films with creativity and cinematic ingenuity as Road Warrior was. Road Warrior was ahead of its time. Nobody ever saw a movie like that one back in 82.

  10. I’ll give Tom Hardy the benefit of the doubt as Max. Hardy is a good actor. So is Theron. But IF Mad Max (the remake) is rated PG-13 let’s get real here. Made it rated R – nothing else. Mad Max 1 & 2 both were R rated films and had mega and disturbing violence. THAT is Max’s world. Notice how I left out Mad Max 3? So since Mad Max 4 is now officially happening, as well as two more Mad Max films after that, make sure Mad Max Fury Road gets a hard ball R rating.

  11. So excited! My 24yr old son from Cape Town, is a Stunt Precision Driver in this Mad Max Fury Road movie. He’s in Namibia right now!

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