Mad Max Fury Road: Tom Hardy admits shooting 'brilliant' movie frayed his temper at Cannes premiere

The Dark Knight Rises actor apologised for being 'grumpy' on set

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The new Mad Max film is already being hailed as an epic – but for its star, the scale of the movie risked fraying his temper over frustrations at not being able to understand what he was working on.

Tom Hardy has admitted he got grumpy on the shoot because he had no idea what director George Miller was trying to do – and felt he had to apologise when he finally saw the “brilliant” end result.

The combination of the speed of working and scale and safety concerns on the production, which involved 3,500  storyboards, 450 hours of material and 6,000 hours of editing, meant he spent hours in the Namibian desert pondering his options because “there was no way George could explain what he could see”.


Speaking as Mad Max: Fury Road received its European premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Hardy said: “For seven months, I think the most complicated part for me and the most frustrating thing for me and the hardest part was knowing what George wanted me to do at any given minute so I could fully transmute his vision.”

“There wasn’t a day when I didn’t think, ‘You’re crazy doing this’,” said the 37-year-old star of The Dark Knight Rises, who had to overcome his fear of heights for the film. “I knew it was brilliant but I didn’t quite know how brilliant until I saw it. My first reaction was to apologise for being so grumpy. I love George and I felt I owed him an apology.”

Meanwhile, Salma Hayek, star of Tale of Tales, from Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone, revealed she had challenges of her own on the Italian shoot for the adaptation of 17th-century Neapolitan fairy-tales.

Charlize Theron at a photocall for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ at the Cannes Film Festival

Not only did all her dresses weigh at least 30 kilos, but she was forced to eat a “disgusting” creation of a sea monster’s heart made of pasty and candy. Her daughter, Valentina, who realised she was gagging, advised her to eat from the front and spit it out at the back which would not be visible on camera. “She saved my life.”