ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

After seeing and being absolutely blown away Mad Max: Fury Road this weekend, I have trouble picturing someone other than Tom Hardy playing the role of Max.

Clocking in at a $64 million opening weekend internationally with no signs of slowing down. With the stunts, practical and special effects, setting, and casting down to a tee, there was little - if anything - to complain about overall.

But in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, director George Miller has fans wondering What if? for the first time since the film's release.

Initially, the film was set to start filming in 2001, but after 9/11 and some budgeting issues the project was put on the back burners. In this time, however, there was one interested party for the role of Max Rockatansky: Heath Ledger.

The late Oscar-winning actor tragically passed away in 2008 at the height of his career, just months after filming the iconic role of the Joker in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. I'm sure none of us have forgotten his gritty portrayal, but in case you have, here's a quick reminder:

According to Miller, he and Ledger, a fellow Aussie, had been discussing Mad Max a couple of years prior to his untimely death:

Every time Heath [Ledger] would come through Sydney, he’d call in and we’d chat about Max.
He had that same thing that Mel and Tom Hardy have—that maleness, charisma, and restless energy, which you need to play a relatively still character. The world lost someone great when he went. Tom was the next to walk through the door that had that vibe.

Although I think Tom Hardy was the perfect choice for Max, the idea of Heath Ledger playing the badass road warrior is certainly an interesting one.

That specific kind of tough-guy-with-a-soft-side role can only be pulled off well by a handful of actors, Ledger being one of them. In the long list of roles that could never be for Heath Ledger, I would put this one at the top of the list.

That being said, the end result of [Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445) and Tom Hardy's portrayal of Max Rockatansky was so great, I don't think many people left the theater wanting anything other than more Mad Max.

Lucky for us, Miller states that backstories for the sequels have already been written and Tom Hardy is officially signed on for three more Mad Max movies!

[Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445) is currently in theaters nationwide.

(Via: The Daily Beast)


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