Men’s Rights Activists had a meltdown last month when they discovered Mad Max: Fury Road was not only an epic action movie, but – gasp! – actually focused on women! (Or as one disgruntled male moviegoer described the film:
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[on Mad Max: Fury Road] It’s a really epic action movie which is well-thought out. It’s been meditated on by a wise elder – George Miller’s delivered something that is far more youthful than a lot of directors half his age. He’s kind of left them in the dust a bit. You also get a movie that is relentless and incredibly visceral. It’s like watching the Cirque de Soleil at some Led Zeppelin fetish club.
Some great quotes by Tom from the group press interview in Cannes ahead of Fury Road’s screening today.
What turns Tom Hardy on? Stories, not blockbuster paychecks
On the film:
“It’s Mel Gibson that you expect. What you don’t get, here, is what you expect. And that’s what’s wonderful. The lead of this movie is a female amputee. It’s a total empowerment of women. It’s actually about ****ing time.
“It’s a really epic action movie which is well-thought out. It’s been meditated on by a wise elder—George Miller’s delivered something that is far more youthful than a lot of directors half his age. He’s kind of left them in the dust a bit.
“You also get a movie that is relentless and incredibly visceral. It’s like watching the Cirque de Soleil at some Led Zeppelin fetish club.”
On filling Mel Gibson’s shoes:
“It’s something to get excited about and tell your mum and your friends, and you’re so happy because you’re doing something, which is meaningful and exciting.
“Then all of a sudden you realise that it belongs to someone called Mel Gibson, who everyone loves, and it’s not a grey area.
“Mad Max” is synonymous with Mel Gibson—there can be no other Mad Max: ‘Here is your wonderful opportunity—but! You will fail to fill these shoes.’ How ****ing harsh.”
On jumping between arthouse and blockbuster films:
“Something that really ****ing dicks me off is this stigma between acting ‘classes’: you know, like movie actors, or film actors, TV, independent films, stage, theatre, you know. Apart from musicals, well you know, musicals — I just can’t sing.
“There’s no difference between a zero-dollar performance and a US$20 million (RM71.772 million) performance. It doesn’t matter. What matters is the story and the team and the work.
“In film you have to crash everything into two hours, it’s very disappointing sometimes: you work your **** off and you see the edit and it’s like, ‘But we shot so much more’ and it’s just being tanked into this box.
“A goldfish grows to the size of its bowl. So if you’re in a big movie, you have to grow it to that size and work in that machine. If you’re on the stage, the same. Different disciplines, same heart.” — AFP