Charlize Theron Opens Up About Her Feud With Tom Hardy On Mad Max: 'I Was Scared Shitless'
More drama on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road has come out.
Seven years after the film premiered, Charlize Theron opened up about her experience during production, specifically her public feud with co-star Tom Hardy. In Kyle Buchanan's upcoming book, Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road, the actress is among those who talk about the two-decade making of the Oscar-winning film.
According to excerpts published by Vanity Fair, the beef between Hardy and Theron came to a “turning point” when Hardy appeared on set three hours late.
“I remember vividly the day. The call on set was eight o’clock,” camera operator Mark Goellnich recalled. “Charlize got there right at eight o’clock, sat in the War Rig, knowing that Tom’s never going to be there at eight even though they made a special request for him to be there on time. Haccused Fury Road producer Doug Mitchell of excusing Hardy's actions by saying it was the example of "ae was notorious for never being on time in the morning. If the call time was in the morning, forget it—he didn’t show up.”
Goellnich said she stayed in the War Rig for the next several hours. She didn't move until Hardy showed up.
“She jumps out of the War Rig, and she starts swearing her head off at him, saying, ‘Fine the fucking c**t a hundred thousand dollars for every minute that he’s held up this crew,’ and ‘How disrespectful you are!’” Goellnicht said. “She was right. Full rant. She screams it out. It’s so loud, it’s so windy — he might’ve heard some of it, but he charged up to her and went, ‘What did you say to me?’”
Theron, who corroborated Goellnicht's account, felt so threatened that she requested a producer stay with her at all times as "protection."
“It got to a place where it was kind of out of hand, and there was a sense that maybe sending a woman producer down could maybe equalize some of it, because I didn’t feel safe,” she said. “… I don’t want to make excuses for bad behavior, but it was a tough shoot. Now, I have a very clear perspective on what went down. I don’t think I had that clarity when we were making the movie. I was in survival mode; I was really scared shitless.”
Theron went on to accuse Fury Road producer Doug Mitchell of excusing Hardy’s actions, saying it was an instance of “a man forgiving another man for really bad behavior, and I didn’t feel safe.”
Nicholas Hoult compared the tensions on Fury Road to arguing adults while on vacation. Charlize Theron agreed.
“He’s right, it was like two parents in the front of the car,” she said. “We were either fighting or we were icing each other—I don’t know which one is worse—and they had to deal with it in the back. It was horrible! We should not have done that; we should have been better. I can own up to that.”
Hardy seemed doubtful that Theron was actually scared of him, but admitted he didn't have enough "experience" at that time to handle the role properly.
“Charlize is an intense woman. Very intense, actually. In a good way. I mean, look at her in Monster — that’s not somebody walking in the park,” he said. “You don’t just summon up that kind of authenticity without bringing a tremendous wealth of artistic ability,” he went on. “She’s a very serious actor. So, I don’t see why she would ever be intimidated by me or in any way feel frightened. I think that was more bollocks.”