Mad Max: Fury Road – 97% was George Miller’s triumphant return to the post-apocalyptic world that he himself had created in the late 1970s. He was 30 years old since he made the last movie about that character. Expectations were high and he managed to exceed them all. In fact, a curious anecdote in that regard is that when the awards season arrived, Warner did not imagine that this film was going to be nominated for several; At the time of producing it, they did not expect that it would be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture and that Miller would be nominated for Best Director. For the same reason, it was not in their original plans to campaign for him that season, but they had to.
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That tape gave us all kinds of surprises. One of them was Furiosa. Giving a female lead to this post-apocalyptic saga was a great success for George Miller. Man is a genius when it comes to expanding the universe that he has created. For this reason, by creating two protagonists, it has allowed him to expand it even more without having to depend on Mad Max. A clear example of this is the prequel focused on the youth of Furiosa.
Last year it was announced that in Furiosa Anya Taylor-Joy is going to bring that character to life. Now we know why George miller chose it. The reason may be a bit surprising in more ways than one. Above all, because, on the one hand, it has to do with a film that has not even been released. That information was revealed during a conversation with Edgar Wright that was just printed in the latest issue of Esquire. Apparently the director went to a screening of an early edition of Last Night in Soho. He had never seen a movie starring the actress and was impressed by her performance. Wright encouraged him to cast her for the role:
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I had already heard of Anya, but I had never seen her in a movie until I saw her in Soho. And I remember thinking ‘God, she’s interesting’. So I started to tell you ‘I’m looking for someone to be Furious’. And I had barely said that statement before you told me ‘Don’t say anything else, she’s great, she’s going to be huge. She’s going to work fantastically with you.’ You were very empathetic about the matter.
As you can imagine, he didn’t instantly hire her just because he told him to. They auditioned him.
They did the full audition remotely due to the pandemic, simply using iPhones. For the audition, Miller asked him for a well-known monologue from the 1976 film Power That Kills – 91%, which is known as “Mad as Hell” and was said by Peter Finch. Miller sent the tape to the studio and the rest was history.
On the other hand, Tom Hardy, in an interview for Esquire magazine (via IndieWire), praised the director for expanding the sequel beyond a single character. In fact, he basically said that that tape was a passing the baton from one protagonist to another:
In the end it’s a movie about Furiosa, which is fantastic. “Fury Road” Furiosa. It was in the title. It was interesting how it developed. If you look at it now, it was actually, in a sense, a courier change, from Mad Max to Furiosa. That is what they are filming now. Furious It was a very well implemented changing of the guard. Miller still has Mad Max, but he has split his story into two characters and that’s really, really cool.
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