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Another Miller Interview on Fury Road.

Postby nolovingplace » Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:12 am

[div]Interview : George Miller Moviehole.com 12/2006[/div]


ImageTrying to get an answer out of director George Miller about who'll be replacing the deserting Mel Gibson for the next "Mad Max" movie - which has been in the works for a good five years or so, now - is like biting into a searing slice of pizza without getting the top of your mouth scalded: almost impossible.


It's quite a thing then, when Miller decides to give us the scoop on who'll be playing the Road Warrior without much arm-twisting at all.


"Magda will play Mad Max", jokes Miller, who worked with Szubanski on both "Babe" films and now, "Happy Feet". "There ya go - put that in the article. Her names already close enough to Max.... Magda... so yeah. There's a scoop!".


In all seriousness, says Miller - in town to promote his newest film, the family-comedy "Happy Feet" - he hasn't got anybody firm in his mind for the role, but every man (or in this case 'Max') and his dog do seem to want to play the part.


"I've had a number of young well-known actors express a lot of interest", Miller, who was a practicing physician before leaving the world of medicine to join friend Byron Kennedy on a quest to make films; their first being 1971's "Violence in the Cinema", says. ""They have to want to push the limits - they have to be lean and hungry".


(A discussion follows about Paul Walker, reportedly interested in the role, and the fact that "he's the real thing" when it comes to on-screen car stunts, being the car enthusiast that he is, so it's possible that he might be in with a chance?).


Contrary to belief, Miller won't have to re-write the character for a younger actor - because the film isn't a prequel perse, but merely another chapter in Max's life.


"It's sort of how you balance the cast. I didn't write it old", he says, being careful not to drop too many hints.


Warner Bros may not necessarily make the next "Max" film. "There's a lot of appetite for it - there's definitely been enquiries from more than one studio."


"Mad Max IV: Fury Road" was set to film in 2002, but due to "the war, and the American dollar collapsing, and ultimately losing over twenty-percent of our budget" it collapsed. It was then that Miller knew he'd never get Mel Gibson interested again if the film ever did get up again.


"He was just on the cusp of being too old five years ago. I mean, he was 21 when he first played Mad Max, and now he's in his fifties - and it's not about an old fading warrior - Max is a pretty lean and hungry guy. Mel didn't really want to do it anyway. It was clear that he wasn't that interested - he was basically saying that he's done everything that he wants to do acting-wise. He's got this fire to make films now, not act."


Instead of drowning his sorrows at the local when "Max" fell through, Miller dove straight into another project - the ambitious animated film "Happy Feet".


"The two were being written at the same time - I like working on at least two things at once, and the different they are the better - and so it was just a matter of jumping off one and jumping on another. Doug Mitchell, my producing partner, had slipped a copy of Happy Feet to Warner Bros just as we were gearing up to do Fury Road [actually]. That's where it started".


Although he is trying to get "Mad Max IV : Fury Road" back up, it won't be his next film. Says Miller, "I'd like to do it, but before then I have a smaller film I'd like to do."


And for the record, "Fury Road" mightn't be the only sequel in Miller's future - he's also discussing doing another "Babe" movie.


"There's already some serious talk about it", confirms Miller. "It's certainly in the wind in one form or another".


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Postby Biker » Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:29 am



So long as the momentum builds it's in with a sporting chance to become a reality.


Nice to see things moving along. The more media attention it gets the better.


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Postby racerx » Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:10 am

Man, I still dunno about a Max movie without Mel. It simply won't be the same.
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Postby The Toecutter » Sun Mar 11, 2007 7:02 pm

What if the movie doesn't even involve Max's character, but just Max's world and timeline? I think that would be very workable.





But from what miller has said, it looks as if Max is making a return. It really won't be the same without Mel.
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Postby Biker » Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:38 am



How can a movie be called "Mad Max: Fury Road" and not feature the character Max Toecutter? It's like calling the Film Titanic and having it based in the trenches of WW1, simlar time line, worlds apart.


Yeah, so Mel Gibson "is" Max, but I'd settle for a very good substitute if he's not willing to reprise the role. Note the use of the word "Good substitute" not some w**ker hoping to leap frog himself into Hollywood limelight but a genuine actor with a desire to play the role as Goerge Miller and the fans see him.


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Postby danielreal2k » Tue Mar 13, 2007 1:29 am

I always had this vision that Mel would have a small role in the beginning of the film, then his long lost son turns up, ie Paul Walker or something like that so you have a natural progression.





And bring Emil back as the great tribe leader of the north as he is now in age.





I dont think Mel is that old really, another Rambo is currently being made in Thailand.
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Postby racerx » Tue Mar 13, 2007 3:43 am

Quote: Originally posted by Biker on 13 March 2007






How can a movie be called "Mad Max: Fury Road" and not feature the character Max Toecutter?






Max Rockatansky?
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Postby Taipan » Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:11 pm

a substitute? no matter how it sounds i can imagine it would suck balls.





have you seen T3? No Edward Furlong, and that silly actor who replaced him was trying to live up to the character, and he screwed up. That's how I imagine somebody replacing Gibson as Max. I just can't help it, everytime i imagine somebody other than Mel saying 'You wanna get outta here? You talk to me.' it puts a frown on my face.


Replacing Mel is plain wrong.


After all, he helped creating the character, so the only way I can see it now, if we get somebody else to play his role that is - is that this might be a sad end to Mad Max. Which sucks balls even more!
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Postby Foxtrot X-Ray » Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:42 pm

Then don't bother going to see it.





Sorry Mate, I don't intend to But the way I read it Miller's going ahead without Mel.





Full Stop.








I've already stated my viewpoint on this.


The Show must go On.





Gibson is as likely to Kill the movie as ReCasting is.


Possibly more.





Bottom line is, Miller has more story & wants to tell it.


Mel wants no part of it, and it's even possible that Miller doesn't want any part of Him.








Quote: Originally posted by racerx on 13 March 2007


Quote: Originally posted by Biker on 13 March 2007



How can a movie be called "Mad Max: Fury Road" and not feature the character Max Toecutter?



Max Rockatansky?











I think he forgot the comma between "Max" and the board member he was talking to - "Toecutter"


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Postby I-5 Apocalypse » Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:49 pm

Every time I hear about Happy Feet it gets me more pissed than it probably should. Now I gotta hear about Babe 2. SCREW BABE! AND SCREW MEL! As far as I'm concerned, Mel Gibson should feel an obligation. I, like most of you have been a fan of his from the start and have seen and enjoyed all of his movies. He owes George Miller, and all of us. They say he drives drunk, whatever. They say he hates jews, whatever. I say he hates Mad Max fans. GO DIE! I want MM4 more than anything. Get someone else for the part. If it sucks, at least then we will all know. I am hoping for the best.
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