Feuds on movie sets are quite common — sometimes actors just have the wrong kind of chemistry off-camera. One of the standouts from this decade was between Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy during production of George Miller's #MadMaxFuryRoad. Things reportedly got so heated between them that Theron was rumored to be considering not returning for the film's sequel.
Now, their Fury Road co-star #ZoëKravitz has given us a clearer picture of the situation.
The actress went on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, and one fan asked her whether there had actually been any beef between Hardy and Theron while filming. Here's the clip:
Kravitz stated there was a feud — but said that, while there definitely were problems, nothing was personal; everyone was just fatigued from having to spend six months in the desert:
“Yeah… They didn’t get along. We were also in the desert for so long. I think everyone was tired and confused and homesick and we saw nothing but sand for six months. It’s just, you go crazy, you do.”
She wasn't sure whether Hardy and Theron's troubles boiled down to one issue, but she used summer camp as an analogy to reiterate the tension that can stem from spending too much time together in a closed environment:
"I actually don’t know if it was one issue. I just think they weren’t vibing, and again, everyone was just like [...] It was like summer camp, you know. At some point, there's like, everyone has like, some kind of of issue with somebody 'cause it's."
How Does That Compare To What We've Heard About The Feud Before?
This isn't the first time we've heard about Theron and Hardy's feud. In fact, both actors (and even Mad Max director #GeorgeMiller) have touched on the subject multiple times. During an interview with Esquire in 2014, #TomHardy was asked about the "scary guy" reputation the rumors gave him.
The actor was very careful with this answer. Other than to praise Charlize Theron, he didn't go into specifics of what had happened:
"I think she's fu––g awesome [...] I think she's one of the most talented actresses of our generation [...] There is a flicker of energy that can come from certain people, whether it's fear-based or whether it's contrived, which can unsettle a room [...] There are many sides to a coin as well. Reputation can work for you and against you, but I'd rather have one than not have one. But at the same time, it better be the fu––g right one. It has to be authentic. It will have my signature on it. If I punch somebody in the face, they will know it. If I haven't, someone knows as well."
A year later, in 2015, Charlize Theron spoke to Esquire as well, but she was very open about her on-set troubles. Like Kravitz stated, the fights had more to do with their closed-off setting and harsh work environment rather than personal issues:
"We fu––n' went at it, yeah. And on other days, he and George [Miller] went at it. It was the isolation, and the fact that we were stuck in a rig for the entire shoot. We shot a war movie on a moving truck—there's very little green screen. It was like a family road trip that just never went anywhere. We never got anywhere. We just drove [...] and that was maddening sometimes."
She continued, saying that — while they made each other mad — there was great respect between them:
"We drove each other crazy, but I think we have respect for each other, and that's the difference. This is the kind of stuff that nobody wants to understand—there's a real beauty to that kind of relationship."
So Kravitz's most recent comments line up with what's been said before, especially when it comes to Charlize Theron's response. There were definitely some troubles, but they were never personal; they were just a result of the environment.
Fortunately, both actors put an end to their dispute. Partly because of a self-portrait Hardy sent her as a wrap gift, with a message that read:
"You are an absolute nightmare, BUT you are also fucking awesome. I'll kind of miss you. Love, Tommy."
Despite that ... peculiar message, the bottom line is that both actors are now on good terms. There are a few #MadMax sequels coming our way in the near future, so the thought of Theron and Hardy reuniting for them is quite exciting.
What do you think about Zoë Kravitz's comments about the Theron-Hardy feud? Let me know in the comments!