Tom Hardy got a huge surprise from Mel Gibson at the premiere of the Mad Max: Fury Road last night, with the star of the 1979 movie turning up on the red carpet at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
Mel famously played Max in the 1979 Australian dystopian action film as well as the two sequels, but now the fourth movie will see the British actor take over the role and it looks like Gibson approves. The 59 year-old joked around with Hardy on the red carpet, alongside director George Miller as they posed for photos.Mad Max fans are going to be pretty excited to see the two actors side-by-side at the LA premiere of the blockbuster, with Gibson handing over the Mad Max baton to the British star.
Miller later told USA Today he had no idea Gibson was going to turn up: “I didn’t know that was gonna happen,” said flabbergasted franchise creator George Miller at the premiere. “That was wonderful, like I was time-traveling in some weird way.”
But how is the new Max different to the old one?
“They’re more of the same than they’re different,” he said, “They’re two very charismatic, lovable guys who have kind of a danger inside… And I think that’s why they’re movie stars. That’s why we watch them with a fascination.”
But why wasn’t the actor included in the fourth movie? Miller told the Independent it would be akin to Sean Connery appearing alongside Daniel Craig in James Bond: “It was time for there to be a new Mad Max, just like there have been several James Bonds over the period.”
Tom is set to start a whole new chapter of the Mad Max franchise, with three films potentially in the pipeline but admitted to Esquire magazine last month that taking on the massive role was daunting: “I’ve never been more excited and out of my comfort zone.”
Of the possibility of doing further films he said: “Everything’s based on figures and how things are perceived. Inevitably it’s a business.”
A fan of the first three movies, Hardy revealed the Max we’d meet in Fury Road: “[He] has humanity within him still, despite the hopelessness of his environment. He has no home and he has no hope, but he’s reluctant to give in.”