George Miller's gloriously deranged action-opus, Mad Max: Fury Road is completely absurd in pretty much every conceivable way possible.
But if there's one image that succinctly sums up the movie's unrestrained insanity, it has to be this one:
The flame-shooting guitar player who leads the cacophonic symphony of orchestrated mayhem into battle is perhaps the movie's most unforgettable character, despite the fact you probably don't even know his name!
Well, this badass rock god does indeed have a name, and it's just as awesome as you'd expect...
Coma the Doof Warrior!
MTV recently spoke to Fury Road's production designer Colin Gibson, who spilled some truly awesome secrets about the nature of the mighty Doof Warrior, including the fact that the flame-spitting guitar was not CGI but totally real:
So the plan basically was to try to come up with a vehicle, an idea that could be heard over the roar of a couple of hundred amps. And the only way to do that was to build the largest, last Marshall stack at the end of the universe.
Bungee cord included, the best guitarist in the world in front of it — and then backing with some tiger drummers and basically trying to build the drums more and more. We ended up with an 8-wheel drive, an ex-military rocket launching track to give us enough scale, and then turned the reverberators and built them out of old air conditioning duct steel.
With that and a little stage and a huge PA system — and then George cast a fantastic singer performer, cabaret artist called iOTA in the role of Coma the Doof warrior. And the Doof machine basically was just that. It was a huge thing that went “Doof, doof, doof,” and gave us the beat of the battle.
The first version of the guitar which — I think I put too much into the flame thrower, not enough into the reverb. And yes, the flame throwing guitar did have to operate, did have to play,
Man that's awesome! Where can I acquire one of these for myself?
The Doof Warrior's Backstory
It's incredible how much attention to detail director George Miller put in to the movie, creating elaborate backstories for every single character!
Pretty much everybody had to have a reason for existing. His reason for existing was that he could play the guitar — and there was sort of a theory of what the social hierarchy and everything was: you were either available to do battle, as a war boy; or you had a higher status than anyone else; or you had a particular skill.
Obviously mechanical was the strongest of those [skills], but this was one, too. And though he was born blind, and ordinarily that would of meant you had nothing, and [they would] break his legs and leave him on the hill, Spartan style. But he had this talent to play the guitar — so he certainly had earned his place in the pantheon.
The moral lesson of the day: If you have a physical impairment, you better learn to play an instrument...