Tom Hardy Spat At Armie Hammer To Win  

 'Mad Max' Audition 

Mad Max Fury was a battle between Tom Hardy, Armie Hammer, Jeremy Renner and also included Michael Fassbender, Joel Kinnaman, Heath Ledger, Eric Bana and More for the role of Max Rockatansky, and this was just auditions.

Too Many Options Confuse

“Near the end of the process, Hardy emerged as a front-runner alongside Jeremy Renner and Armie Hammer. Hardy and Hammer even read together as part of their audition, and when Hardy gnashed his teeth and spat at his scene partner, Hammer told Miller that Hardy needed to be Max more than he did.” - Kyle Buchanan

Hardy Was More Max Already

“Jeremy and Armie were equally wonderful, but there was something about Tom in the room where it felt like that was Max, without a doubt. He had that kind of suppressed emotional dryness that you’d find in a post-apocalypse and, buried underneath it, disdain for the world. There was this intensity that burned through the lens.”

Hardy Was Born For It

George Miller: “I had the same feeling about Tom that I had when [original ‘Mad Max’ star] Mel Gibson first walked into the room: There was a kind of edgy charm, the charisma of animals. You don’t know what’s going on in their inner depths, and yet they’re enormously attractive.”

The Charisma Of Animals

“He’d done ‘8 Mile,’ and I found that really interesting — I thought, ‘He’s got that quality,'” Miller said. “We’d done the first ‘Happy Feet’ with the late Brittany Murphy, and she had done ‘8 Mile,’ so I asked her what he was like and would this be something really interesting for him? She had no reservations about saying what a wonderful talent he is.”

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Miller added, “We did get in touch with him, though that’s as far as it went because we were going to shoot it in Australia at that point, and he simply didn’t want to leave home. I think he had the impression that if he could do it out of his home state, then he’d be up for it.”

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