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“You found someone crazier”: Mel Gibson Was Happy $526M Franchise Replaced Him With Tom Hardy

"You found someone crazier": Mel Gibson Was Happy $526M Franchise Replaced Him With Tom Hardy

Mad Max: Fury Road, the 2015 crazy-wild ride that got audiences hooked to Tom Hardy and Gasoline once again took a lot of time to create. Veteran actor Mel Gibson was originally associated with the franchise ever since its inception in 1979 but he had no problem passing on the role to Tom Hardy.

According to reports, the Peaky Blinders actor had to sit down for a chat with Mel Gibson to discuss taking over the role. In their conversation, Tom Hardy revealed that Gibson gave him some helpful advice and even put in a good word for him before filming started.

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

Mel Gibson Found Tom Hardy Crazier Than Him!

With a mask over his head, Tom Hardy braved his way through the movie with the bare-minimum dialogue required and a few grunts along the way (as is his style). Being hailed as one of the most adrenaline-pumping and heart-stopping movies of all time, writer-director George Miller truly outdid himself for the movie.

Mad Max: Fury Road breathes life into the ambitious vision of George Miller
A still of Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Before the filming took place, the Venom actor wanted to meet Mel Gibson. Being attached to the franchise since its inception back in 1979, Gibson had become the go-to guy for Mad Max movies but that legacy would pass on to Tom Hardy soon. Finding advice and some tips on how to star in a Mad Max movie, Mel Gibson complimented the actor and stated that Miller had already found someone crazier than Gibson.

Tom Hardy revealed in an interview what his chat with Mel Gibson was like and also stated that the Braveheart actor later put on a good word for Hardy before filming began.

“He was bored with me. He said, ‘All right, buddy, good luck with that.’ He called up my agent and said, ‘I think you found someone that’s crazier than I am.’”

According to reports, Gibson had a great time after watching Mad Max: Fury Road and had nothing but praise for the veteran director and his dear-old friend George Miller.

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When Mel Gibson Called George Miller The “Einstein of Edit”

George Miller, Tom Hardy, and, Mel Gibson at the Los Angeles premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road.
George Miller, Tom Hardy, and, Mel Gibson at the Los Angeles premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road.

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After the filming wrapped up and the world waited in excitement at George Miller’s marvel, Mad Max: Fury Road premiered in Los Angeles. According to reports, Mel Gibson was also there to see the movie, and from what the press heard, the reviews from the Mad Max actor were nothing short of great.

“It’s visually spectacular. It’s crazy, but that’s George. He’s a scientist. He’s the Einstein of edit, and of being able to get the pieces necessary to make a truly compelling, in-your-face action sequence.”

With the movie winning 6 Oscars and a strong rating of 8.1/10 on IMDB, the franchise is set to expand once again with the release of Furiosa. With Anya Taylor-Joy portraying the role of Charlize Theron’s Furiosa, the movie is set for a release date of 24th May 2024 in theaters across the U.S.

Source: Cheat Sheet

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.