‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Testing ‘Extremely Well’; No Mel Gibson Cameo

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It seems these days that any strong genre film spawns a wealth of imitators, but for some reason, the unique mix of post-apocalyptic scavenging and car combat introduced with the original Mad Max has seen few other entries. And in recent years, it seemed even George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road would have trouble making it to completion.

Despite setbacks, the director revealed on set in Australia that as filming completes, the film is already testing ‘extremely well,’ even without a cameo from the original ‘Max.’

After reports of re-shoots first surfaced, skepticism continued to build, with the implication being that Fury Road may not have been testing as well as Warner Bros. had hoped. Tom Hardy (the man playing the titular hero) was quick to shoot down those assertions, explaining that he would be heading to Australia not for re-shoots, but simply “more Mad Max that’s even more spectacular.

Now, director George Miller has explained to the Sydney Morning Herald that despite the worrying press, the film’s finishing touches are proceeding as hoped. And even more importantly, the reactions from early test screenings have been promising:

”Our film, luckily after a ridiculous amount of work, is testing extremely well…We’re very happy. There has been a lot of doubt about it, [people saying] ‘it took so long’, but Warners have delayed it until 2015 to go into the top weekend of the year.”

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Miller went on to explain that whether due to visual continuity or an homage to the original Mad Max films, the filming of the opening and final sequences were planned to be filmed in Australia from the start (many of the exterior shots were filmed in Namibia and South Africa). The newspaper points out that rains brought plant life to the Australian landscape on more than once occasion, limiting when and where production could take place.

Exactly how much weather can be blamed for the project going over budget remains to be seen. But even if Warner Bros.’ decision to intervene and heighten supervision was a sign of trouble, the ship looks to be righted. After pulling a no-show at Comic-Con 2013, it looks as though leading man and new ‘Max Rockatansky’ Tom Hardy and cast will be able to appear in San Diego next summer, since Fury Road won’t be hitting theaters until May 2015 – a full three years after filming began.

That length between starting production and hitting screens is certainly never a good thing, but the studio’s decision to release it in the middle of an increasingly-crowded summer could be viewed as a sign of confidence. Hardy’s star may be on the rise, but going up against the likes of Batman vs. Superman and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, even indirectly, means the studio is confident they can make up their sizable budget despite serious competition.

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Unfortunately, Miller also confirmed in the interview that although rumors of a Mel Gibson cameo in Fury Road had circled from the start, fans will have to be contented with the newest incarnation alone:

“It would have been nice somehow but, no, it’s not true.”

The director did tease that Gibson’s original Interceptor would appear in the finished film, so hopefully that will be enough for diehard fans. But in all honesty, we can’t blame Miller or Warner Bros. for breaking some ties with the former star in favor of launching a completely new take on the post-apocalyptic hero. If the film finds success, it will be interesting to see if the series continues its ‘interquel’ structure (Fury Road is set between Mad Max and The Road Warrior) or breaks off on its own.

What do you make of either the lengthy production or release date? Do you take it as a sign that Warner Bros. believes in the finished product? Or do you still have your doubts? Share your own thoughts in the comments.

Mad Max: Fury Road will release in U.S. theaters on May 15th, 2015.

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Source: Sydney Morning Herald (via Indiewire)

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  1. so disappointed that there wont be a cameo by Mel Gibson…how utterly ridiculous to get blacklisted for so long over some private rants of his…come on people

  2. I´ve seen the trailer several times…..i dont like the new Mad Max profiles…. Mel is not that old and there much more good actors thar Tom Hardy, as fan of the other Mad Max movies im really not interested to see to pay a ticket to see this movie, i´l see later on tv.

  3. No prob with no Mel Gibson…I still think he’s great. Tom Hardy IS the new Gibson / great casting!

  4. i just hope that all the old fans of the movies would ban this film. Tom “the human garbage” hardy as no business being mad max! avoiding watching this film, and stopping serious incomes would get the studios to cancel this abomination once and for all!

  5. Lame really wish Mel Gibson would have been mad max. But even tho tom hardy is a great actor seen in lawless and batman but it’s like having lethal weapon without Mel Gibson and Danny glover.

  6. This movie shud be watched only and only for the director – George Miller. rest all is secondary. no doubt Mel is a very integral and substantial part of it but, Miller is the back bone of this movie. Warner bros has understood this fact and that’s why they have given him the responsibility again after 3 decades to direct this 4th installment. the unique treatment that Miller has given it no one else in the world can provide, so for me who plays Mad max is not the question of importance but, who is making the movie is the most important thing. I am game for it and I am eagerly waiting to watch it, I hope my expectations are surpassed.

  7. Dude, you are not Max, you will never be max-get over it. Gibson may be an ass, and a jerk but he is Max and old as hell or not, it is what it is.

  8. As soon as I knew Tom Hardy was cast I immediately lost all interest. I’ll never understand casting Wrestlers or Musicians in somewhat “Big Movies”
    I just can’t get on board with a wrestler or rapper as main protagonists. The title doesn’t sell a thing if the cast is trash.

  9. Its funny how u people complain but in the end will watch the movie in time lmao