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[Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445) may have come out months ago, but it's still obliterating our hearts and nerves...especially now that it's out on Blu-ray. That's right, folks! Mad Max: Fury Road is out now, and you can buy it. So buy it, because it's one hell of a ride!

But that's not why we're here, no sir. We're here to discuss the ten things you didn't know about Mad Max: Fury Road. We're here to roar through ten awesome facts that will blow your desert devil mind!

Without Further Ado...

10. Mel Gibson Was Going to Return

Mel Gibson was the intended Mad Max in Mad Max: Fury Road. After all, he was the perfect mad beast in the original Mad Max trilogy. Unfortunately, Gibson's role as Mad Max was shot down due to scandals in his personal life. Said director George Miller:

“I have a great affection for Mel. I was really heartbroken to see him go into that. But it’s a new time. I hope Mel gets to act in more movies because I think he’s a wonderful actor.”

9. 9-11 Delayed Mad Max: Fury Road

Nobody wants to remember 9-11 because of the immensely tragic effect it had on our nation. One of the very inconsequential things effected was Mad Max: Fury Road. With the devaluation of the American dollar, everyone was hurt. Mad Max: Fury Road's budget was severely injured. Miller tried to cut as much out as he could, but in the end, he couldn't work with the financial framework he was given. He ended up having to postpone the movie. Said Miller:

“When 9/11 happened, it extended three months the time it would take to ship your equipment – these large containers of gear and all the vehicles – and the insurance got higher.”

8. Heath Ledger Was Going to Play Mad Max

With all the controversy spinning around Mel Gibson, George Miller had to find a new main lead for Mad Max. He needed someone crazy, devoted, devilish, and psychotic. It's not a surprise, then, that Heath Ledger almost landed the role. After all, his Joker performance wowed the world. Imagine what he could have done as Mad Max! Said Miller:

“He had that same thing that Mel [had] – that maleness, charisma, and restless energy, which you need to play a relatively still character. The world lost someone great when he went.”

7. Climate Change Delayed the Movie

George Miller need some place dry, hot, and desert looking. He needed some sort of place that depicted Hell on Earth. Naturally, he turned to Australia; he had shot the original Mad Max movies there. But things didn't turn out so well. Said Miller:

“We were going to shoot in a place called Broken Hill in Australia out in the Outback, and it rained for the first time in 15 years. And what was the flat red earth of the wasteland was now literally a flower garden and the great salt lakes in the center of Australia had pelicans and frogs in them.”

So Miller was forced to turn to another location, ending up with Nambia. The movie was delayed yet again, but through it all, Miller worked as hard as ever to deliver.

6. Theron's Haircut Was Her Idea

Filling the role for Mad Max was only half the battle for George Miller. He also had numerous other roles to fill, including Imperator Furiosa. Charlize Theron was overjoyed to join the film but couldn't figure out how to turn her character into an amazing leader. Then the idea struck her; give her character a buzz cut and it'd give her character a natural War Boy look. Theron said:

“I had to look night-and-day different from the innocent young girls, and I was thinking for a long time the best way to do that. Finally I called George at three in the morning and said ‘I have to shave my head.’ I loved it but everyone hated me because it defined the look for the War Boys and all the stunt people. We had these huge, hardened stuntmen whining, ‘I don’t wanna shave my head.’”

5. A Beautifully Apocalyptic Model Cast

Have you ever wondered why you fell in love with a bunch of dirty, half-naked sex slaves? I'll tell you why! They're all models! That's right. For one thing, Charlize Theron was a ballerina and model before she became an actress. Rosie Huntington-Whitley, who plays Splendid, was in one of the Transformers movies. But more interestingly, she has been a model of Victoria's Secret and Burberry for over ten years! All the other girls are involved in smaller, but no less important, modeling careers. Yeah! That's why they look so darn hot.

4. Shooting the Movie Was a Nightmare

Can you imagine going out into the middle of the desert of Nambia every day and shooting until night? It sounds worse than a nightmare. They had to transport hundreds of cars, crew, and cameras out to the desert; as you can imagine, costs were starting to grow at an exponential rate. Plus, the desert was anything but hospitable for the gang, with Miller saying:

“We were in the middle of nowhere, so far away from the studio system that [Warner Bros.] can’t really see what’s going on, and just getting things to and from the set was a nightmare. We’d lose half a vehicle in sand and have to dig it out. It was just this unit in the middle of X-million square-kilometres of desert, and then this group of lunatics in leathers, like a really weird S&M party, or a Hell’s Angels convention. It was like Cirque du Soleil meets f*cking Slipknot.”

3. Nobody Talks Anymore

You may remember that Mel Gibson said roughly just sixteen lines of dialogue in Mad Max. Here's the secret: George Miller has always thought of TV, books, and Internet as dead in Mad Max's world. Therefore, language has just a functional role now. This is why you hardly hear any words come out of Tom Hardy's mouth throughout the two and half hour Mad Max: Fury Road. Said Miller:

“There’s very specific language in Fury Road but people don’t do it recreationally and they don’t think aloud because they’re in extremis. They don’t have time to think aloud.”

2. Almost All the Effects Were Real

Everything from explosions to cars flipping to rocks collapsing was real in Mad Max: Fury Road. Okay, so maybe not ALL of them were real but most of them were real.

There are moments of green screen mainly for some landscape, but this is not a green screen movie. We crashed a lot of cars; every stunt was done, if not by the cast then by some very fine stunt men; and it was shot on a real location. I’ve had enough experience with CG to know that you can’t really get some of that immersive material authentic in a way.”

Tom Hardy, who is terrified of heights, performed several of his own, dangerous stunts. The most amazing thing is that there were no significant injuries during the entire shoot of the movie.

1. It's a Mad World After All

It's a mad world after all. That's right. George Miller is ready to build an entire Mad world over Furiosa and Mad Max. Rumor has it that a sequel is coming called Mad Max: Furiosa. Said Miller:

“As part of this digging down deep, we did write backstories, so we were going to do an anime based on the Furiosa character. That exists. And we’ve written two other stories for Max, about how he got to where he is, how he got to be that wild animal trapped in that mask.”

Given that Mad Max: Fury Road absolutely crushed it in the box office, it's pretty much a given that we'll see Mad Max and Imperator Furiosa again. The question is when.

So, there you are. How many of you knew every single one of those facts? How many of you didn't know any of 'em? Let those rumble through your brain as we wait for another rip-roaring adventure from Mad Max.


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