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Postby biolumen » Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:46 pm

Here's a thread for miscellaneous Mad Max related stuff.

The actor who played the mechanic's assistant in Mad Max 2 is on Twitter...

https://twitter.com/PleagleTrainer

...and posted this picture of himself, taken circa 1980.

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Is this a legit movie vehicle, and if so, does it still exist?

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Old army Kaiser that was used in Mad Max 3. I took this at VFL park Waverly about 10 or so years ago.


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Re: Miscellany

Postby biolumen » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:57 pm

This poster has erroneous credits.

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Postby mackv8 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:18 am

biolumen wrote:Here's a thread for miscellaneous Mad Max related stuff.

The actor who played the mechanic's assistant in Mad Max 2 is on Twitter...

https://twitter.com/PleagleTrainer

...and posted this picture of himself, taken circa 1980.

Kristopher Greaves.jpg

http://yfrog.com/z/odwjqggp
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Is this a legit movie vehicle, and if so, does it still exist?

Thunderdome Truck.jpg

Old army Kaiser that was used in Mad Max 3. I took this at VFL park Waverly about 10 or so years ago.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/83069973@N04/7661154270/


Would have been 1998 my mack was there. they said it had just came of a move set/tv series. had some thing to do with kids.
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Re: Miscellany

Postby roadwarriormfp » Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:55 am

mackv8 wrote: they said it had just came of a move set/tv series. had some thing to do with kids.


I know the aussie TV series too, but forgot the name!
The name was similar to "thunderdome" and most of the costumes and vehicles resembled MM2/3
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Postby Mad Max RW » Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:22 pm

It looks like the entire Thunderstone show is available on youtube http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... ature=plcp
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Postby PursuitSpecial » Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:29 pm

She's got a cracked timin case cover and she's broken a couple-uh teeth off the timin' gear.

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Postby .MAD MAX. » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:33 am

Kristoffer Greaves also played in Running On Empty
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A brush with fame
Thursday, 6th September, 2012
By Kurtis J Eichler

Vernon Wells made a name for himself as Mad Max 2's villainous Wes.

The leather-clad brute was the mohawked arch-nemesis of Mel Gibson's 'Mad' Max Rockatansky in the 1981 film, shot in and around Silverton and Broken Hill.

With a budget of $4 million, the film took $33 million worldwide and shot the then 37-year-old to stardom.
"Mad Max was my first major film," the now 68- year-old said.

"It was a unique experience. It was one of those movies where the editing was brilliant, the writing was brilliant, the direction was brilliant - it was an ensemble that worked.

"(Director George Miller) directs it like an orchestra . He has these peaks and valleys and he makes it work so that when you're doing it you know you're doing all this amazing stuff."

Wells has never returned to Silverton since filming wrapped in mid 1981 - until yesterday.

The LA-based actor started off a trip across Australia from Silverton yesterday to show his wife where it all began.

As luck would have it, co-star and Mel Gibson's stunt double Dennis Williams was also in the area.

The pair met up and shared stories at the newly-built Mad Max 2 Museum.

Since Mad Max 2, Wells again played a villain in Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1985 film Commando.

He then started alongside Dennis Quaid and Martin Short in Innerspace and John Hughes' Weird Science during the 1980s.

Out of all the stars he's shared the silver screen with, Mel Gibson was still his favourite.

"Mel was great to work with because he's like a big kid.

"I have this great memory of Mel standing in my motel room in Broken Hill in his little bunny slippers and his tatty old robe on the phone to his wife for the birth of his first child.

"And I remember how lucky he was. He was scary to be around because you'd go to the casino and he would come in and I'd be playing and losing money and he'd just stand beside me and put 20 bucks in and pull the handle and talk to me and all the bells and whistles would go off."

He liked Arnie as well, however he liked to have his own posse follow him around.

"He'd do funny things as well, like upstage you and that, which was really cool."

He admits he's enjoyed working with everyone - barring two actors - but he won't name them.

Wells said he was repeatedly cast as the villain, something that eventually grew painful for the actor.

"When I went overseas to America... I became pigeonholed. I became the villain of choice.

"As I got older I've matured more for what they wanted and now I'd say I play good guys 70 per cent of the time and bad guys 30 per cent of the time."

And even though his latest movies have him in the role of the protagonist, he still relishes playing without the rules.

"Villains have no rules. They can do whatever the hell they like and it's a whole lot easier and fun to play."

At present, Wells is doing voice over work for the Darksiders video game series as another villain - a project that's been his most profitable to date.

And he owes it all to Mad Max 2, and mainly its director George Miller.

He knew back then he would never work with someone that good again.

"People say to me 'you're wonderful in the movie' and I say 'no George Miller was'."

"I did what George Miller wanted."

http://bdtruth.com.au/main/news/article ... -fame.html

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Seasoned stuntman
Thursday, 6th September, 2012
By Kurtis J Eichler

Dennis Williams was a humble truck driver until he doubled for Mel Gibson in Mad Max 2.

Williams was the only one capable of doubling for Gibson who didn't know how to drive a truck with two gear boxes.

His most elaborate stunt was rolling a semi-trailer with a tanker on the back, and he managed to walk away unscathed.

"It's pretty dangerous but it's not like if you have a crash down the road. You don't know you're going to have it until you're having it whereas we knew we were going to have this so we were prepared," the Gosford stunt man said.

Special precautions were taken during the filming of the climax to save Williams from any injury.

These included fitting it with a roll cage, not using glass or batteries and having all the cast removed from the vehicle before the end of the scene.

"Every time (Mel) was supposed to drive I had to be there," he said.

"There's actually a photo we've got here of me laying on the floor of the truck changing the gears for him because a door was ripped off in one of the scenes and he had to be seen in the truck."

After Mad Max 2 he did stunts for its third installment as well as a handful of cult Australian films.

Thirty-one years later, he still sees Emil Minty who played the feral kid.

And at 70-years of age, he's still trying to pick up the odd job.

"I keep on working now so I don't get Alzheimer's."

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