Interview with Tom Hardy and Jacob Tomuri
James Gilmore sits down with action star Tom Hardy and his stunt double
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In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.
Mad Max: Fury Road is a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky (played by Tom Hardy). Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron).
Leading up to the premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road, James Gilmore sat down with Tom Hardy and his stunt double Jacob Tomuri to find out more about the film.
James Gilmore: Tom, Max Rockatansky is a role that defined Mel Gibson’s career. Where you intimidated when trying to fill those shoes?
Tom Hardy: I’m always intimidated and I’m never confident that I can make anything my own, to be fair. There’s a much more pragmatic answer to what you’re asking. When this opportunity came up, for me, there was no argument in who Mad Max is related Mel Gibson. Mel Gibson is Mad Max – it’s unequivocal. There’s a huge fan base that support the original Mad Max trilogy and obviously, as you say, Mel Gibson played a lot of defining, iconic characters. There’s no point trying to step into someone else’s shoes or fill a void or try to do something better than someone else. I think the practical side to that for appeasing any ego in trying to do better is the fact that George Miller created Mad Max and asked me to come out and play his new Mad Max – so that abated any sense of ego for me, or any concern or intimidation. I simply did what George asked to me to do which is to play a small cog in a huge machine.
James Gilmore: The film got a major premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last night. How important do you think that was?
Tom Hardy: I’m not a big cinephile so I’m not really aware of what that means; to those of you out there that are clearly more into films than I am (I just love acting). From what I gather, Cannes is a festival event about film making and for a big blockbuster to play at Cannes is a huge honour and is quite unheard of.
James Gilmore: Jacob, perhaps you could help us end this interview by talking about the action in this film?
Jacob Tomuri: It’s an action film from start to finish. I had a lot to do with the rehearsal process and worked really closely with the rigging team and the action director Guy Morris. We would go through the process and iron out all the kinks of different gags and wire rigs and make sure everything was running smoothly and then get Tom involved. Tom was great because he really gave me the intel for where the character was at any given moment and in any given scene. So, we worked closely in that respect and, of course, trying to not let the audience in and see the switch of when it was Tom and when it was myself.
James Gilmore interviews Tom Hardy and Jacob Tomuri
James Gilmore interviews the cast and crew of Mad Max: Fury Road about the new film.