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It’s no secret that Mad Max: Fury Road was a long, grueling shoot. After filming in Australia fell through, director George Miller had to move the film to the vast deserts of Namibia, and between complicated stunts and a scorched climate, making Mad Max can’t have been easy on the cast and crew. But when star Tom Hardy finally saw the finished version of the film, he only had one thought on his mind: “My first reaction was, ‘Oh my God, I owe George an apology for being so myopic.”

Nicholas Hoult and Charlize Theron joined Miller and Hardy at a press conference Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival. When a journalist asked the cast members about their initial reactions to the completed film, Hardy turned to Miller and said, “I have to apologize to you because I got frustrated. There is no way George could’ve explained what he could see in the sand when we were out there.”

“I knew he was brilliant, but I didn’t quite know how brilliant,” he added.

Mad Max: Fury Road
2015 movie
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  • George Miller