Mad Max: Fury Road is an explosion of roaring action in a post-apocalyptic world. For those that have already seen it, you'll know that the franchise is essentially one long adrenaline pump of a chase scene that will leave you giddy long after you've left the cinema hall.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I suggest you check out the pulse-pounding trailer right now:
And you can see, it is most definitely not a movie about romance. Partly because in between the exhilarating whirlwind of trucks and shiny chrome, there is simply no time for it.
Yet, behind-the-scenes a certain kind of Mad Max love-story did in fact blossom - between two stunt doubles on the movie set.
Showing up to work in the heart of the Namibian desert, Dane Grant was ready to throw himself straight into his role as Tom Hardy's temporary stunt double. However, little did he know that he would also be falling head over heels in love with Charlize Theron's double Dayna.
"I remember that first day meeting her in the stunt rehearsal gym. She stood out for all the right reasons."
Over countless stunt punches and fight scenes, the two became closer and closer.
"Every time we get to work together is a blast, but none more so than the initial fight rehearsal [...] in the film it's the first time Max meets Furiousa and they fight it out with a sequence that fight choreographer had us training non-stop for weeks."
And naturally, the couple are fully aware of how strange it was to fall in love in such a bizarre scenario, surrounded by murderous zealots and dangerous explosions. Dane says:
"We’ve said it before and it’s quite cheesy, but it really was love at first sight. While we were punching each other we were falling for each other – quite rapidly."
"Dayna and I had a lot in common with those two characters, meeting for the first time, learning to trust each other under stressful conditions [...] pretty much just get on with what you're supposed to while on a mission through the desert with a bunch of weirdly dressed post-apocalyptic characters everywhere you look."
Who would have thought that beating the hell out of each other to a backdrop of exploding vehicles can have the potential to be so romantic!
These days, the two lovers are married with a 14-month-old son.
Congratulations to the happy family!