Watching Mel Gibson and Tom Hardy share the same screen in a Mad Max film is something that we’d all love to see, even though it wouldn’t make the slightest bit of sense. Unfortunately, for that exact reason, George Miller admitted that the chances of it happening are very, very remote. Basically, he said it’s definitely not going to happen.
Miller, who wrote and directed all four instalments of the Mad Max franchise, and is currently working on the fifth, explained that even though the mere thought of seeing Mel Gibson and Tom Hardy ripping up the screen together as Mad Maxes is enough to turn fully grown men into the equivalent of screaming teenage One Direction fans, it just wouldn’t be worth it. The Australian filmmaker made this admission during his recent chat with Deadline over the success of Mad Max: Fury Road. He rather rightfully explained:
If Mel, who is Max in a lot of people’s memories, appeared in the next movie, it would pull audiences out of the movie for a bit, and we worked so hard to keep people immersed in the movie as much as possible. It would be like, I don’t know, seeing Roger Moore appearing in a Daniel Craig James Bond movie. It would be fun, but it would also pull you out of the experience of the movie.
Why does George Miller have to think about about these things so logically? Sure, it would be just plain wrong if Mel Gibson and Tom Hardy appeared in the same Mad Max film together. In fact, if they shot and used such a collaboration, it would instantly ruin the rest of the movie. But it would also be so gosh darn right in so many ways, too.
Of course, the only way that we’ll actually see Mel Gibson and Tom Hardy in a new Mad Max film together is if a new Mad Max film is actually greenlit by Warner Bros. And there was some concern on that front earlier in the year as Mad Max: Fury Road, despite its absolutely stellar reviews, crawled its way to its ultimately satisfactory, but hardly scintillating box office total of $374.7 million (against a $150 million budget), the word on the wire is that a sequel is currently in development.
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For three movies and more than three decades, Mel Gibson was Mad Max. That changed in May this year, when director George Miller unleashed “Mad Max: Fury Road” to wide acclaim, and the title role was played by rising British star Tom Hardy.
Hardy, in this exclusive video clip from the Blu-ray edition of the film, explains that it was no easy task, either. “There’s no point in ever trying to pretend that I was going replace Mel’s Max,” Hardy says. “Mel Gibson is Mad Max. That’s that.” The actor also described having a lunch meeting with Gibson, who “handed over the torch.” “I don’t think he felt very impressed at the time,” the actor says with a laugh before adding that Gibson eventually wrote “some nice emails” about the casting to Hardy’s agent.
Gibson also suggested that he had “possibly met somebody that was crazier than him, which can only be a compliment,” Hardy adds.
Miller, however, said he was convinced that Hardy was the one to take over as Max since the day the British star walked in. Hardy gave him a similar feeling to the one he felt when he first cast Gibson in the role for 1979′s “Mad Max.” “There was that similarity between Tom and Mel,” Miller says in the video: “Very masculine, at the same time there was a softness there, capable of gentleness, as well, so there was a very interesting dynamic.”
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Mad Max: Fury Road
Warner Brothers, $29.98; Blu-ray, $44.95
Available on VOD Tuesday
Mad Max Anthology
Warner Brothers Blu-ray, $89.98
Writer-director George Miller’s long-gestating film is everything a blockbuster should be: a pulse-pounding, heart-tugging, jaw-dropping cross-country-chase picture, with a powerful social message and cutting-edge action. Tom Hardy plays the post-apocalyptic scavenger that Mel Gibson made famous, who here gets captured and exploited by a resource-hoarding death-cult. Charlize Theron is Imperator Furiosa, a steely warrior who uses a gasoline-run as an excuse to help a group of sex-slaves escape. From the unexpected character depth to the geometry-defying, constantly accelerating set-pieces, “Fury Road” sets a new standard for its genre, with never-seen-that-before images popping up every few minutes. The DVD and Blu-ray add deleted scenes and featurettes. The movie is also available as part of the five-disc “Mad Max Anthology,” which contains all four films from the series plus a bonus documentary about the original “Mad Max.”
Long overdue!, but 58 photos were added to the gallery of Mel, Tom Hardy (SO FINE!) and George Miller at the Mad Max Fury Road movie premiere. Thanks to Zimbio for all these great shots.
A source confirms to PEOPLE that Mel Gibson has struck up a romance with a young film writer who also happens to be a champion equestrian vaulter.
Gibson, 59 and Rosalind Ross, 24, recently spent time together at his Costa Rica compound.
Ross, who won a gold medal at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, is also a budding screenwriter. She studied writing and literature at Emerson College and is currently one of the writers of the El Rey Network’s action series Matador.
In 2011, Ross posed au naturel (along with equestrian partner Devon Maitozo) for ESPN Magazine’s 2011 Body Issue.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross also recently wrote the script for the upcoming film Lioness, an indie drama staring Ellen Page.
Gibson, has kept a low romantic profile in the media since ending his rocky relationship with Oksana Grigorieva with whom he has a 5-year-old daughter.
Reese Witherspoon is on a recent career upswing, with her production company behind two of the year’s biggest critical and commercial successes, Gone Girl and Wild. It comes after a period of personal and professional difficulty for Witherspoon. As she tells Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes tonight, her divorce from Ryan Phillippe led her to spend a few years just trying to “feel better.” She began to “flounder” in her career because, in Witherspoon’s words, she was not doing projects she was passionate about.
It was reading an article in a noted literary publication, The New Yorker, in 2012 that led to a low point for Witherspoon. She was not prepared to see her own name in the article. She inadvertently scanned a section at the bottom that listed “washed up actors.” Her name was among them, along with other once-formidable Hollywood heavyweights. It hit Witherspoon emotionally.
I thought I was reading a profile on another actor and somewhere at the end it said, you know, the people who are washed up and I think it included me, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson and I remember just being like, okay. I mean, it really hurt my feelings. Really hurt my feelings.
The piece was published just as Witherspoon had moved on to a new relationship with now-husband Jim Toth and had their son Tennessee, now 2. Witherspoon and Phillippe are parents to Ava, 15 and Deacon, 11.
Witherspoon will reunite with her Walk the Line co-star Joaquin Phoenix in January, with the release of Inherent Vice. Witherspoon won an Academy Award for her performance in Walk the Line as June Carter Cash. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for her performance in Wild as Cheryl Strayed, who wrote an account of her trek to resolve personal issues on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Witherspoon started her own production company, Pacific Standard, in 2011 with Bruna Papandrea. Papandrea was behind such films as Warm Bodies and the Sean Penn-starring biopic Milk.
Although Reese’s production company produced Wild and Gone Girl, she did not star in the latter film. Producer David Fincher thought Witherspoon was not the best fit for the role in the critically-acclaimed movie, which starred Ben Affleck. Gone Girl has made $300 million at the box office since its release.
Lionsgate is in talks to acquire U.S. distribution rights to the Mel Gibson thriller Blood Father, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Director Jean-Francois Richet’s (Mesrine) film stars Gibson, most recently seen in this summer’s Expendables 3, as an ex-con trying to protect his estranged 16-year-old daughter from drug dealers who want her dead.
Elisabeth Rohm, William H. Macy and Diego Luna co-star. Peter Craig (The Town) adapted the script from his 2005 novel.
The film, which shot in New Mexico, is produced by Why Not Productions. Rights to many international territories were sold at Cannes.
Deadline.com brought the exclusive (and exciting) news below!
Mel Gibson is in talks to take on directing duties on Hacksaw Ridge, based on the true story of Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield is also in discussions to play the lead role.
Doss was a U.S. Army medic who served in World War II during the Battle of Okinawa and refused to kill. President Truman awarded him the Medal of Honor for saving so many lives.
This is not a done deal yet, and Deadline understands that talks are moving forward delicately and slowly. If Gibson does step back into the director’s chair, the subject matter would seem to suit his tastes to a tee. Throughout his career in front of and behind the camera, Gibson has shown an abiding fascination with protagonists prepared to suffer for their principles but ultimately prevailing over hardship.
Hacksaw Ridge, if it happens, would seem to offer a return to the type of emotional terrain Gibson explored to such success in previous directorial efforts Braveheart and Passion Of The Christ. The project would reunite him with Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace, who co-wrote the script with Robert Schenkkan and had been attached to direct.
2006’s Apocalypto was the last film Gibson directed.
The project is being led by producer Bill Mechanic (Coraline) through his Pandemonium banner, with David Permut (Face Off), Terry Benedict (The Death Of Reasonable Doubt), Steve Longi (Youth In Revolt) and Gregory Crosby on board as producers. Walden Media has also been developing the project.
Gibson most recently starred in Expendables 3 and is in post on Jean-Francois Richet’s Blood Father, in which he plays an ex-con reunited with his 16-year-old daughter who must protect her from drug dealers trying to kill her.
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