Mad Max: Fury Road seems to be on everyone's lips at the moment. Most people are simply espousing the incredible kinetic visuals of the George Miller semi-reboot, in particular its unique style and adherence to practical special effects. However, ever since one conservative blogger derided the movie as feminist propaganda, the movie has also had to fend off various questions regarding gender politics.
One such question was thrown Tom Hardy's way during a recent discussion panel in Cannes. Peter Howell, a film critic for the Toronto Star, asked the Mad Max star, "As you were reading the script, did you ever think why are all these women in here? I thought this was supposed to be a man's movie."
To Hardy's credit, he didn't really bite the bait. Instead, he delivered a laconic, "No" before breaking the tension by joking about how it would have been nice to have a script at all. You can check out the moment below:
As mentioned above, this controversy regarding Mad Max and gender exploded with a blog post by Aaron Clarey, the founder of men's rights activism website, Return of Kings. Despite having not seen the movie, Clarey took offence at reviews commending Charlize Theron for her performance as Imperator Furiosa. He complained:
"Men in America and around the world are going to be duped by explosions, fire tornadoes, and desert raiders into seeing what is guaranteed to be nothing more than feminist propaganda, while at the same time being insulted AND tricked into viewing a piece of American culture ruined and rewritten right in front of their very eyes."
Of course, as has since been pointed out, pretty much everything about the original Mad Max is Australian - not American. It is set in Australia, was directed by an Australian, starred many Australian actors, while its lead was an American who up-to-that point had lived most his life in Australia. But you know, these guys don't really work within 'reality' so I guess that's to be expected.
One of the main issues Clarey seemed to have with Mad Max: Fury Road was that it suggested "women are equal to men in all things, including physique, strength, and logic." Given his opinion on this matter, he'd probably be annoyed by the scene of Hardy and Theron duking it out below:
Anyway, it seems Howell knew about this 'scandal' and was hoping to get a bit of a rise out of Hardy, but luckily the consummate professional merely gave the question the answer it deserved.