This month, actress Charlize Theron appeared in an in-depth interview with WSJ magazine, covering topics ranging from changing her kids' diapers, her split with fiancé Sean Penn and the ever-pressing gender wage gap in Hollywood. However, amongst a discussion of the various roles she's assumed throughout her colorful career, it was her words on perhaps one of her most challenging roles to date that really cast her fans into a frenzy.
Speaking of one of the most successful movies of 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize admitted that much of what went on on-screen was not merely acting. In fact, the actress dropped a bombshell when she revealed that when bringing her character Furiosa to life, her and co-star Tom Hardy often didn't meet eye to eye.
Although she refused to outright badmouth her fellow co-star, her words basically said it all:
“From what I hear, he’s not like that on every movie — I hear he’s had good experiences.”
She then added a positive spin on the entire situation (Tom Hardy declined to comment, according to WSJ):
“Maybe the movie is what it is because we struggled so much with each other, and those characters had to struggle so much with each other. If we were chum-chum, maybe the movie would have been 10 times worse.”
It seems that just like their on-screen characters, Charlize and Tom only really got along because of necessity. Relive the tension in a short clip from the movie below:
Yet, what did director George Miller make of the fact that his two leads were failing to get along on a shoot that was already proving to be a brutal production experience in the desert? Well, he essentially confirmed that things weren't so friendly between Theron and Hardy by revealing the following:
“I’m not saying that they were seething right through, but the trajectory of the characters can’t help but seep into the work."
Ouch! He then continued:
"When they first meet each other, they’re trying to kill each other. As the two characters come together out of necessity and rather reluctantly, they have to find a degree of trust. And to some extent that was the trajectory of their relationship as well.”
Whatever the beef the two actors had, Mad Max went on to get a prestigious nomination for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Miller was also so impressed with Charlize that he remained adamant that she should also land one of the big gongs for her outstanding performance. He admitted:
"If the film were to get any nominations, Charlize should get one. She was uncompromising. She was constantly saying, ‘I have to do this as a warrior.’ Sand and dust got everywhere. Take after take, she’d have the wind machines and the dust, and a couple of times she’d tear up—just to get the dust out of her eyes—and say, ‘Oh, I don’t want people to think I’m crying.’ And I said, ‘No, don’t worry.’ But I looked at one take, and there were tears running down her face. And I erased the tear marks on her face, because she was just determined that this character was going to be relentless.”