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“What the f–k is he doing?”: Charlize Theron Reveals How Nic Cage Inspired Her to Do Mad Max: Fury Road and the Old Guard, Claims She Understood Actor Getting Derailed After Winning Oscar

“What the f--k is he doing?”: Charlize Theron Reveals How Nic Cage Inspired Her to Do Mad Max: Fury Road and the Old Guard, Claims She Understood Actor Getting Derailed After Winning Oscar

Charlize Theron, the star of Mad Max: Fury Road and other notable movies, recounts the story of how she was inspired by Nicolas Cage. Since many of her movies are action movies, Charlize Theron capitalizes on the importance of storytelling through physicality.

While the world questioned revered actor Nicolas Cage, the Atomic Blonde actress understood what Cage was trying to do and said that she’d do the same if it was her.

Charlize Theron in The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016).
Charlize Theron in The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016).

Charlize Theron Gets What Nicolas Cage Was Doing

During the 1990s Nicolas Cage starred in a movie titled Leaving Las Vegas. The actor won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role following which, he went on to star in different movies afterward.

Charlize Theron wants to do exactly what Nicolas Cage did.
Charlize Theron wants to do exactly what Nicolas Cage did.

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Starring in movies like Ghost Rider and The Rock, the people seemed suddenly distant from Nicolas Cage. Charlize Theron comments on how she actually gets what Nic Cage was trying to do and claims that she would also like to do the same moving forwards. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Monster actor gets candid about how it was Nic Cage that inspired her.

“I remember this moment [in the mid-1990s], before I was a real working actor — and it’s so sad that it’s a male example, but of course it is — when Nicolas Cage had just won the Academy Award for Leaving Las Vegas and then he went on to do all these Michael Bay movies and everyone was like, “What the f–k is he doing?” And I was like, “I see you and I’d do the same thing.”

The Mad Max: Fury Road actress continued about how she understood the importance of physicality and how Nicolas Cage was doing just that through his movies.

“And he got way more scrutinized for it then, but I get the idea of wanting to tell an emotional story through physicality, and I am, for sure, not saying Michael Bay is f–king doing that. (Laughs.) But back then, it was probably him and John Frankenheimer [directing action films], right? It took me a long time to figure out that the physical narrative is something that I’ve always been intrigued by.”

Charlize Theron also won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role category for the 2004 movie Monster. Much like Nicolas Cage, the actress went in to star in action movies a tad bit further. Portraying the character of Furiosa in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, she found the love of the people while starring alongside Tom Hardy.

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Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

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Mad Max: Fury Road exceeded the audience’s expectations when the movie was released in 2015. An intense action-packed gasoline-guzzling movie that starred Charlize Theron alongside Tom Hardy went on to win 6 Oscars for various categories. With the depiction of intense characters in tense situations, rumors started flowing that the behind-the-scene atmosphere of the movie stayed the same. When asked about it in the interview, Charlize Theron recalled her days while on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road.

“Listen, I know I said, “Oh, as an actor, you want to be challenged,” but you don’t want it to be that bad. It was a long, long shoot. I have never done anything that needed that kind of endurance, and I don’t think I ever will. I don’t know what production on the prequel was like, but I want to believe it was less. I do think somehow the lightning in a bottle that you’re always trying to catch happened on that movie. But, man, it was f–king tough.”

The character of Furiosa received much love and appreciation from the audience and will be portrayed by Anya Taylor-Joy in the upcoming prequel titled Furiosa. Charlize Theron will once again reprise her role as Cipher in the upcoming Fast X which is rumored to release on 19th May 2023.

Mad Max: Fury Road is available to stream on HBO Max in the US.

Source: THR

Written by Visarg Acharya

Visarg Acharya joined FandomWire in 2022 as a Content Writer. Along with a penchant for writing, Visarg claims that words are the only true language made for him. Currently pursuing his B.Sc in Physics, the combination of Physics and Marvel make up for an interesting talk. Visarg Acharya has authored over 500 articles and reads books in his spare time along with an occasional series to accompany him.