Tom Hardy Talks Mad Max 4; Teresa Palmer is in the Film [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

During an interview with Tom Hardy about his role in this Chris Nolan’s Inception, Collider managed to sneak in a few questions about the actor’s other upcoming gig- the lead role in Mad Max 4.

Recasting the iconic character portrayed by Mel Gibson has been a point of contention among fans, and if his comments are any indication – it’s not a responsibility that Hardy is taking lightly:

“There were many, many actors that would probably be right for Mad Max and there’s many out there who could probably do an exceptional job to portray him. It’s especially a challenge to step in the shoes of such an iconic character. I’m aware that I’m going to take a certain number of casualties when I go in and play him.”

While the plot of the film has been kept under wraps, at one point the story supposedly took place a short time after the events of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, which would have made Gibson too old to believably play the character. Still, after nearly three decades in development hell and after a couple of false starts, there’s no telling how many changes the project has weathered (I seem to remember Joaquin Phoenix playing Gibson’s sidekick at one point), and ever since 2006, director George Miller has been stating his intentions to make Mad Max 4 with a new lead actor.

While Hardy’s casting may have raised an eyebrow or two, he certainly sounds undaunted and passionate about his approach to the character:

“Imagine a hungry wolf. Or like when you put a cat in the bath. You grab a cat by the throat and stuff it under the fucking water. You know what it looks like? That’s what I’m going to look like. But like a puma. Very hungry at very dangerous. It’s imperative. This is the kind of guy who’s not well. So I have to create that reality.”

Mad Max 2 Tom Hardy Talks Mad Max 4; Teresa Palmer is in the Film [Updated]

He also clarifies that this is definitely not a reboot and reveals where Mad Max 4 stands in relation to the other films in the franchise:

“We have to take it differently as George is taking it. It’s a relaunch and revisit to the world. An entire restructuring. That’s not to say that it’s not picking up or leaving off from the Mad Max you know already, but it’s a nice re-take on the entire world using the same character, depositing him in the same world but bringing him up to date by 30 years.”

Hardy certainly talks a good game, and while I know he has yet to win over some of the more skeptical fans, his performance in Bronson has me confident that he’s capable of honoring Gibson’s take on the character, while simultaneously doing something completely unique with it. Let’s be honest, this is far from the worst version of Mad Max 4 we could be getting (remember when it was going to be animated?).

After so many years of hearing about the film’s lack of progress, it’s at least reassuring to know that at this point it’s back on track. Hardy himself maintains that it’s now a matter of when, not if. Check out the rest of the interview for more details on Mad Max4 including Hardy’s training regimen and a discussion about CGI vs practical effects.

In other Mad Max 4 news, despite previous reports it appears that actress Teresa Palmer will not be in the film. At a press junket for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice she told Coming Soon:

“I’m not [in it], actually… That’s just a rumor that has been on the internet.”

Her involvement was first revealed by her Sorcerer’s co-star Jay Baruchel and according to /Film was mentioned again by that film’s director, Jon Turteltaub (who claimed that Palmer had even discussed  the costume she’d be wearing in the film with him). Perhaps there’s more to the story than Palmer is letting on, or maybe her involvement was never actually official. Either way, it looks like Mad Max 4 has a casting vacancy to fill.

[Update: She is officially cast and was playing coy]

Do you still have reservations about Tom Hardy in Mad Max 4 or are you warming up to the idea? What do you think of Teresa Palmer’s claim that she was never involved with the film?

Source:  ColliderComing Soon, and /Film.

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  1. I would be happy to see Tom Hardy as any character in any film after seeing his performance in Bronson

    • Word! Although between Bronson and this, I hope he isn’t getting type cast as a crazy guy who’s not to be messed with. I get the feeling that he could bring his intensity to a more subtle role and blow us all away.

      • Have you seen Tom in Wuthering Heights. A great example of Tom’s intensity in a more subtle role. Tom is a great great actor and I think it is hard for him to contain his powerful emotions in the roles he plays – he is such a perfectionist. What a talent.

  2. good.one girl with a giant mole on her neck(theron) is enough in one movie.
    and hardy is phenomenal…

  3. Let me get this straight: he’s going to look like a puma being drowned in a bathtub, in a film which he describes as “a relaunch and revisit to the world. An entire restructuring.”…but which is definitely not a reboot. Okay, I’m confused.

    • He’s saying it’s Mad Max for a modern audience but that it’s still tied to the previous films. I think what he’s getting at is that you may not need to have seen the others to understand this next one but it’s not saying they never happened.

      The fact that George Miller recast because chronologically this takes place shortly after Thunderdome would also imply that it’s not a reboot.

  4. Ah, I’m with you. I wasn’t clear about whether it was still following on from the others. That makes Tom Hardy’s job a lot more interesting, I think.

  5. If Hardy can play a real-life tough guy he can sure as hell play a fictional one, and with any luck he won’t use the fame the movie gains him to spout anti-semitic claptrap.

  6. Having been a huge fan of Tom Hardy’s since seeing him in Wuthering Heights, Bronson, etc, I know he can play any role he attempts and that he will see to it that it is authentic, well done and and not easily forgotten. He is one of the most understated and under-known (is that a word) actors today. Big big fan – love, love, love this man and am in awe of his awesome talent.

  7. Lousy casting. They could have picked an actor that had some resemblance to the on-screen character but decided to rely on fans of the actor to fuel interest. I suspect that this movie will make a profit but nothing close to what it could have made if it had been made sooner or if someone who actually looked more like the main character had been selected. I definitely won’t bother paying to see it.

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