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“I worried about it”: Charlize Theron Had to Convince Director to Listen to Her One Outrageous Request in $380M Movie That Got Tom Hardy’s Praise Despite Their Bitter Fight

Charlize Theron Had to Convince Director to Listen to Her One Outrageous Request in $380M Movie That Got Tom Hardy's Praise Despite Their Bitter Fight

Hollywood star Charlize Theron has given several unforgettable performances on the screen. Over the years, she has seamlessly transitioned from being an acclaimed actress to being one of the most impressive action stars in Hollywood. And Geroge Miller’s 2015 post-apocalyptic action film, Mad Max: Fury Road, is credited to be one the best action films, not only of her career but also one of the best action films in the past decade.

Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road

Starring alongside Tom Hardy, Theron’s performance as Imperator Furiosa took the spotlight and even landed a spin-off, which is expected to hit theatres next year. However, the character could have been significantly different if the Oscar-winning actress had not persuaded the film’s director to alter the original look of Furiosa in the movie.

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Charlize Theron’s Original Look in Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller’s 2015 film starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron has become one of the best movies of their careers. It was a box office hit, making $380 million worldwide, and received praise not only for the cast’s performance but also for behind-the-scenes elements, including production design, sound editing, and costumes.

Mad Max: Fury Road breathes life into the ambitious vision of George Miller
Mad Max: Fury Road

However, when it came to Theron’s Furiosa, the actress was not happy with her original look in the movie. During an interview with the NY Times, the actress shared that her look in the film was completely different and claimed that it felt “a little more Barbarella-y.”

She shared that her character had long hair with some African mud art on her face. It was under a different costume designer before the Oscar winner, Jenny Beavan, joined the production. The Bombshell actress also shared that Furiosa seemed to be a “very ethereal character.”

Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road
Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road

“I worried about it,” she recalled during her interview. She did not want to continue with the look and discussed the same with the filmmaker and decided to take a bold step to adopt the character. Miller trusted her with what she had in mind and agreed with her conditions.

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Charlize Theron Suggested Shaving Her Hair For Furiosa

After learning what the iconic character initially looked like, Charlize Theron called the film’s director, George Miller, and discussed how her character’s costume wasn’t practical in any way. “I called him and said, “I don’t know how she’s getting by in the mechanics’ room with all this hair,” she recalled their conversation.

Mad Max: Fury Road
Charlize Theron as Furiosa

The actress then suggested shaving her head for the role and said that Furiosa needed to be a “more androgynous, grounded character.” Theron shared that Miller heard the issues she had with her character and trusted her decision.

“You know, he trusted me so much that it kind of makes me emotional,” she shared during her interview. Following her incredible performance, the makers announced a spin-off for Furiosa. However, Theron would reportedly not reprise her character, as the movie focuses on younger Furiosa.

Mad Max: Fury Road is available on Prime Video.

Furiosa is expected to be released on 24 May 2024.

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Source: NY Times

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.