Mad Max would not exist without creator George Miller or its original star Mel Gibson. The then-unknown actor broke through as Max in the original 1979 film, and returned to fill the role in two subsequent blockbusters. But don’t expect to ever see him back driving a junked sports car across an apocalyptic desert landscape.
During a Twitter Q&A, Miller was asked if Gibson would ever appear in any of the future Mad Max films. Any dreams of that were quickly squashed.
“If he did appear, it would be a little bit like Sean Connery appearing in a Daniel Craig James Bond,” he explains. “It would kind of pull you out of the movie — you would be a little bit confused — and our job as filmmakers is to get people up there believing what’s happening.”
The reasoning makes sense. In the Bond case, and in the hypothetical Tom Hardy/Gibson situation, it would be too cutesy and on-the-nose for Hardy’s Max to pick up keys to a new set of wheels from a haggard desert man who resembles the Max we once knew.
Here are three more of Miller’s best answers.
The hardest action scene in any of the films was in Fury Road
The climactic chase with the war rig careening through the sand was Miller’s biggest test vis a vis stunts. “That massive vehicle had to roll, and the stunt driver, Lee Adamson, had to hit the sweet spot right in front of our high-speed camera,” Miller explains. “It’s one thing to pull off the stunt; it’s another thing to get it right in the camera in the exact spot you need.”
Miller’s advice for the next generation of directors
“Be intensely curious about everything there is about storytelling and life, about the technology,” Miller says. “And most important of all, really, really, make sure you have something important to say. You can make films … on your iPhones, so it’s really what you’ve got to say and how you want to say it and be very curious.”
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He’s against idolizing Immortan Joe
Tough luck for those seeking insight on how to worship the creepy chalk-caked cult leader. “I’m not game to give anyone advice about collecting Immortan Joe paraphernalia,” Miller reveals. “He’s too scary, and Hugh Keays-Byrne — the actor who plays him — is too scary in the most wonderful way.”