Tom Hardy Talks Inception and Mad Max: Fury Road
07.08.10 by Ryan
British actor Tom Hardy spoke last year about the "staggering" year he's had after shooting Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated thriller Inception and being cast in George Miller's upcoming "relaunch and revisit" of the infamous character of "Mad" Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road. With production yet to begin on Fury Road, Hardy has been doing the press rounds for Inception, explaining to ComingSoon that Nolan's mysterious movie isn't as complicated as many think.
It's a film with a lot of substance as well as a great action movie. It's an anomaly.... It's not necessarily that it's hugely complicated to understand. The film, I find, is actually very simple. And it really works.
The trailers for Inception have revealed a visual dream world, with cities folding onto themselves, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt flying through a hallway. Hardy says he read the script and was excited to see "all of it."
All it was, "How is he going to do that? How is he going to do this scene? How he's going to revolve the set?" We went to these big airplane hangars outside of London and there was a big revolving hotel reception. There's this whole quadrant right here. As soon as you saw that, it's like, "Okay. How does this work?" Then you just get involved, really. There were scenes with zero gravity. There were beds that we were rigged into through our suits. Things that late got painted out and wires. We were almost levitating, technically. We were all suspended off wires and stuff. We were turned around and the building was turned around. There was all kinds of stuff on wires which we were all there to see. It was liking walking into a Dali painting.
With Inception behind him, Hardy can start to transition to Mad Max, a role he admits he feels lucky to have landed, and that will benefit from technology advances.
It's a relaunch and revisit to the world. An entire restructuring. That's not to say that it's not picking up or leaving off from the Mad Max you know already, but it's a nice re-take on the entire world using the same character, depositing him in the same world, but bringing him up to date by 30 years. Mel [Gibson] would be perfect for it but, for some reason, he's not doing it and I am. You can expect the same amount of grit and rawness and authenticity and performance.... But also we have the new world afforded to filmmakers today with all the opportunities. I think the boys that did Lord of the Rings are involved. That kind of stuff as well. CGI is not going to be — I think it's going to be much more about how you deal with action. These things are going to be really there. Big rigs, big explosions, big car crashes. Big violence, you know. It's going to actually happen as opposed to doing a 2D turned to 3D screen.
Hardy says that Fury Road will shoot in Australia in the "same spot" as the 1979 original, but he's not sure if he'll use an Australian accent. Inception opens July 16, Mad Max: Fury Road is tentatively scheduled for release in 2012.