It's not hard to imagine. You're spending your days pretending that you're a filth-covered warrior, riding dirty through the desert with some irritating MF you pretty much want to kill, and so intense does this mission become that you start to feel it in real life, too. It's called having your head in the game (or method acting, for some), and it happened to the stars of 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road — or so the rumors suggested.
Two years ago, just before #TomHardy and #CharlizeTheron burst on to screens in the post-apocalyptic ride to the death, chatter of their on-set feud began to circulate. So much so that many of #MadMax's stars have emerged from the wasteland to openly discuss it.
Back in January 2016, director George Miller addressed the concept of method acting to The Daily Beast, arguing that any project tackled with passion is bound to affect your personal life:
“I don’t know if there are many people who are so-called method, but whatever we do as human beings, if we do it passionately, it seeps into your work. You don’t think you’re bringing your work home with you, but we do. You’re thinking about it, you sort of dream about the work, it invades your unguarded moments. And that particularly applies when you’ve got a big, marathon-like movie. So it does happen with the actors.
"In the case of Max and Furiosa, we shot more or less in continuity, so you have two characters who begin wanting to kill each other who in a very guarded fashion are forced to cooperate, and then develop a positive regard for each other. It’s almost what happened with the actors, as well.”
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On a separate occasion, Theron divulged during an interview with WSJ Magazine that Hardy wasn't the easiest person to work with, though sprinkled that statement with the realization that the movie would have suffered had they been BFFs:
“From what I hear, he’s not like that on every movie — I hear he’s had good experiences. Maybe the movie is what it is because we struggled so much with each other, and those characters had to struggle so much with each other. If we were chum-chum, maybe the movie would have been 10 times worse.”
Now, while promoting his new eight-part series #Taboo and in the face of #MadMax2, Hardy has come forth to The Daily Beast to say that all this feud chat has been massively exaggerated, and that there is no hatchet to bury:
"Yeah, I mean, there are these myths that are usually asininely circulated about things that go on on set that aren’t nearly as dramatic as they’re made out to be. There was no hatchet to bury, for me. I’ve always thought — and I still do think — that Charlize is one of the best actresses in the world and a mega-talent. I think she’s brilliant and I would love to work with her again. So there’s really no hatchet for me to bury at all in any way, shape or form."
Very professional, Hardy! Also it's good to keep in mind that not all co-stars have to be super tight on set, and we probably get much better movies (of this genre, anyway) because of it. Roll on Mad Max 2!
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