DIRECTOR George Miller has revealed that Mad Max: Fury Road was entirely ad-libbed by the cast.
The technique of unscripted improvisation, famously used in TV comedies such as The Thick of It and Curb Your Enthusiasm, has not previously been applied to films full of explosions and car crashes.
Miller said: “I’m a huge Curb fan, so I wanted to capture that same organic, hyper-realistic vibe on set of Fury Road. So I just dropped the actors in the middle of the desert with cars and weapons, and switched the camera on.”
“Tom Hardy got the ball rolling by sticking a garden trowel over his face and mumbling in this ridiculous voice about how he was a ‘blood bag’.
“Then Nicholas Hoult straps Tom to the bumper of his car and drives off at high speed. It all just snowballed from there.
“People were blowing trucks up, there were guys on stilts stabbing each other, Charlize Theron was coming out with all this mad, off-the-cuff shit about stowaway wives. One guy even had a flamethrower guitar – no clue where he got that.”
Miller added: “There’s this one scene where Tom was supposed to just gaze menacingly into the middle-distance, but then this two-headed lizard darted into shot. Quick as a flash, Tom just picks it up and stuffs it in his mouth.
“We were all bit a like ‘woah’.”