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Tom Hardy Talks Max & FURY ROAD!!

Merrick here...
MTV spoke with Tom Hardy about whether nor not he'll be Max in the new MAD MAX film FURY ROAD. Word on the street says Hardy will take over Mel Gibson's iconic role. But, according to Hardy, this has yet to be set in stone. Tom admitted that Max is "strongly coming" in his direction, and that he is "educating" himself regarding the role. But...despite having perused the FURY ROAD script...he hasn't actually read for the part of Max in front of cameras.
He's read the script, but that's about the extent of it. Even his screen test for the role offered no insight. "The audition process had nothing to do with Max and nothing to do with the story or the script. It was unorthodox to the point where actually I could have been auditioning for anything. It was an anonymous read. [Miller and I] haven't actually gotten into the conversation at all about Max." Hardy has faith though. "If there's anybody who can create a Mad Max with me playing the character, it's going to be George — it's his baby."
...says MTV HERE. Although Tom Hardy is a fantastic actor, I'm really having trouble seeing him as Max. But, as Tom alludes in the MTV piece, his take on the character would have to be something quite different than what Gibson brought to the table. At face value, the casting is odd. But, in Miller's mind, who is Max now? How has he changed since we first saw him? If early reports are correct, and if FURY ROAD is set post-THUNDERDOME, Hardy might be perfect for the wearier, wiser, softer? harder?, Max. We'll see...
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  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    He'd make a great villain at least..

    by Shpadoinkle

    ...and with Bronson he's proven himself suitably 'mad' enough to play Max. Still, i'd like to see Mel back harassing sugar tittied yokels. It's the nostalgia fiend in me.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    waitaminute...

    by soup74

    wny recast? just make a different character set in the same world. recasting seems... whats the word for it?.. wrong.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    Mmmmmmm...

    by Marxeffect

    Not convinced!

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Can't we just get beyond Thunderdome?

    by 3 Bag Enema

    That never gets old.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST

    MTV

    by clownbot3000

    Why is MTV getting every single scoop these days? How did they become the next AICN?

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I think Hardy is worth a screen test...

    by Zahaladeen

    ...Bronson was a good casting choice for him - he really pulled it off. I couldn't believe he was the same chap from Layer Cake. I think he could play Max in a walk. Besides, who are they going to get? Bale? Mortinson?

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Paul Greengrass quits latest Bourne movie

    by palewook

    Greengrass said: "My decision to not return a third time as director is simply about feeling the call for a different challenge."

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    IS THERE ANY FRANCHISE SAFE FROM ASS RAPING?

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    I’m not even that big on the Mad Max films except that George Miller made the Terror at 20,000 Feet segment of the Twilight Zone movie and that, IMHO, is one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever made. A FUCKING MASTERPIECE!!!FACT!!! The problem is that Miller hasn’t made a good movie since The Witches of Eastwick and, NO, I didn’t like Lorenzo's Fucking Oil so up yours. The less said about Babe : Pig in the City and Happy Feet the better. Why not cast Worthington? Seems obvious to me?!

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    @STFU...

    by Zahaladeen

    ...that would work.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    GREENGRASS QUIT BECAUSE..........

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Michael J. Fox wasn't available for the job of camera operator.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Gibson's got a cold.

    by HarryBlackPotter

    A.........chew!!!! Mel is awesome and can do no wrong in my eyes. Gonna be hard to see anyone else in Mel's leathers. Wait...that sounded really gay.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    I don't want to hear about this until I hear that Mel...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...is in. <P>The end.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Jeremy Renner

    by BGDAWES

    Whatever happened about that casting rumor? I thought he'd be PERFECT! <br> <br> Bring Renner back in the Running! <br> <br> See what I did there? Renner - Running? It kinda works...

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Who would make the better Max: Tom Hardy or Jeremy Renner?

    by Midnight Thud

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    I LIKE GIBSON DESPITE HIM BEING A CRAZY JEW HATER......

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Seriously, the guy made Braveheart which, despite multiple historical inaccuracies, is required viewing in Scotland and a highly entertaining movie. He’s also a genius for making The Passion of the Christ with his own money and making over 600 million by suckering the Bible thumpers into dragging their kids to see a two hour snuff film which might have as well been called I Spit on Your Cross. He also made Apocalypto which was a FANTASTIC movie. Most importantly, he loves splashing the screen with blood and gore. Seriously, is there any other Director, save Paul Verhoven, who has such a love for rampaging violence and who DOESN’T water their shit down? For these reasons I am grateful for Mel Gibson and may he forever be batshit insane.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    creppyThinCock knows all about Ass raping FACT!

    by Xiphos_2

    he pays Hobos to do it to him every night while listing to bubble gum music like Gun N' Roses.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    you're not Reman...and i'm not quite human either"

    by JettL93

    say what you will about star trek nemesis but Hardy was fucking awesome in that movie, sucks that he got so suicidally depressed after the film tanked, it should have shot him to stardem<P>it's a good thing now that Nemesis is finally starting to be seen as one of the better treks

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Fuck a younger Mad Max

    by DVader

    Bring back Mel. Bring back Mel, or NO FUCKING DICE.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Ah shit, Xiphos and CTM got a feud going on

    by DVader

    Yeeehah. Pass the moonshine and kebabs.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    MAD MAX : FURY ROAD COULD BE GIBSONS RAMBO 4....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Rambo 4 was a fucking exploitation classic, although a bit thin in the plot department, but the sheer amount of mindblowing, bloodthirsty action was a joy to behold. If Gibson was smart, which he is, he’d self-finance and just Direct Fury Road himself and ensure that it was going to be a movie of unrelenting savagery.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    All of this Gibson talk..

    by Kontarsky

    Makes me want to watch Apocalypto again.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Never Understood The Love For The Mad Max Series

    by FreeBeer

    I mean the movies certainly look the business, but the I was never gripped or entertained by the story. The characters. the villains especially, are pretty lame in my opinion.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Though I realise I am In The Minority On This One

    by FreeBeer

    Just my personal taste

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Xiphos_2, YOU'D KNOW ALL ABOUT HOBO'S WOULDN'T YOU CONSIDERING..

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    That your cardboard-box-living-ass uses a cheese grater to remove the smegma from your diseased riddled cock before sprinkling it all over a paper plate of roasted rat tails you inbred, dyslexic, trailer trash. The only protein you get is from licking cum off the floor of the porn theatre that you frequent to give blowjobs to geriatric old bastards with elephantiasis of the genitals.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    If it is POST-Thunderdome.....

    by movienutz

    .....and they want a wearier, wiser, softer/harder Max, why not just get Mel Gibson ???????

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Bring back Mel

    by Sailor Rip

    "We don't need another hero!" <p> See what I did there?

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Sailor Rip, I SAW WHAT YOU DID THERE...

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Your doing it wrong :)

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    @FreeBeer

    by Kontarsky

    I agree with you. Generally I like post-apocalyptic stories, but Mad Max films i've seen were "decent" but nothing I'd get in an uproar about.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST

    JettL93

    by photoboy

    Nemeshit will never be seen as one of the better Treks. Only #5 has the possibility of being worse, and that's debatable because at least Shatner got great performances out of himself, Nimoy and Kelley.<br><br> I hadn't heard that Hardy got depressed by Nemeshit tanking. I don't think he should take it personally, it's the writer and director who made such a turd out of that film. After seeing Hardy in Bronson I'm convinced he is an excellent actor.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    If Mel will even do it...

    by Zahaladeen

    ...which he could, but he doesn't need it.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, noon CST

    Fuck a younger Mad Max

    by slone13

    <p>I concur with DVader.</p> <p>No interest whatsoever if it ain't Mel.</p>

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    This is discouraging

    by twogunjames

    Well, if Tom was looking to get fans excited about his potential in the role, BOY does this ever not do that. Like, at all. "Oh, I'm kind of sort of reading for it, but not really. It's not like I'm even interested. It's his baby, not mine. I wasn't even alive when the first film came out. What the fuck do I care if Mel takes the role?" Trust the fans Mr. Hardy. Turn it down. Walk away.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    "Break a deal...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    ...face the wheel." Imagine a new Max movie with Gibson... no Gibson = no Mad Max. Miller would be as well just calling it something else entirely.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Fuck a younger Mad Max

    by DVader

    Sounds a bit perverse. I should have reworded.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    TehCreepyThinMan..

    by nolan bautista

    ..I Spit On Your Cross!! good one!

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Gibson's face never stopped growing

    by NippleEffect

    think that's why he's an insane drunk? (and not in a good way)<p> And his face is eff'in huge these days

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I think this is a CYA move...

    by Rage_Against_Martin_Sheen

    on Hardy's part. It seems like the Max role is still up in the air and a Gibson reprisal might be in the works. After watching all three Max movies on AMC the other weekend, I can safely say I'll be excited about Fury Road even if Hardy is the... MAN. WITH. NO. NAME!

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Gibson or go to Hell!!!!

    by BlackBriar

    Gibson is a total Badass!!

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST

    JetL93 is proud of ST:Nemesis

    by AsimovDiedOfAIDS

    He wrote it, after all.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    MAD MAX GOTTA EAT DOG FOOD!!11!!!!1

    by 2soon2eat

    Mel IS Mad Max, can't believe these studio ass-wipes are that damn stupid.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    urge to see mad max.... fadeing

    by BendersShinyAss

    I'm not on board for Tom Hardy. fuck i wanst on board when he was announced as picards clone.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    JettL93 you liar

    by UGG

    whatever happened to Harry confirming your uber writing skills even though your a worse speller than me. O and no Mel, no deal

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Nemesis

    by BendersShinyAss

    aint ever gunna be viewed as a good trek film, or even a good film. It's BAAAAAAAD. <p>Tom Hardy didnt wreck it, tom hardy is tom hardy.. he sure a fuck aint patrick stewart. and that plot was sooooo fucking weeeeak. <p>remember when the script got pulled apart torn to shreds for the piece of shit it was, months before production. I was gobsmacked the film i was watching was page for page that same script. <p>man that film was fucked. <p>Trek 5 has aged really well believe it or not. i'm serious... i can actually sit and watch it and be happy. (i did read the novel tho and saw the original idea - plus i read shatners book and i accept his reasonings for why the production was so troubled - no one believed in him, not the cast, not the studio - they fucked him)

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Tom Hardy would be a good villain...

    by TheWaqman

    he'd be the first interesting Mad Max villain actually. I love the first two films, but man the bad guys were lame as hell. It was all Max. And we all want to see Mel back.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Oh fuck Fury Road..

    by Ganymede3001

    That is all.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Nemesis is a great trek movie

    by JettL93

    easily in the top 5 TNG movies, and as for trek as a whole it would def. be in the top 10

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Sam Worthington or don't even bother.

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    Sorry but the whiney, duck-lipped underwear model from Star Trek: Nemesis is NOT Mad Max.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    what with all the secrecy

    by jacksparness

    Its funny how nearly every film now feels like it has to be absoluntely secret, like letting the cat out of the bag too early will ruin it. Get over it! Mad Max is OK at best - its not worth the effort.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Jett you dick

    by BendersShinyAss

    they only made 4 next gen films...

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    er, that's his point

    by just pillow talk

    I'm not sure if I like this version of JettL or the "hanging with C-No" version. <p>Perhaps you can come back as "The Script Doctor" and tell everyone about the latest batmobile and the like.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    For those who weren't around or don't remember...

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    <p>Fury Road was written like 15 years ago. Miller has been trying to get it made ever since. Mel was obviously approached first for the role but even back then he was saying he was too old. I think it probably had more to do with his own production comapny slate of projects. Mel suggested his friend Russell Crowe for the role. This was before Gladiator so nobody really knew who the fuck that was. I don't know is Crowe was ever approached.</p><p>The project seemed dead in the water for years until it was leaked that George was trying to get it made as an animated film. As bizarre as that sounds, it probably would have been pretty badass. A couple of years later it was leaked that Fury Road was going to be the basis for a live-action TV series.</p><p>A couple of years after that it was leaked that Mel was nearly signed and location scouting had begun. Then he got drunk and bitched about jews, which killed that idea right the fuck off. Maybe a good thing since it was going to be watered down to PG-13, although that still might happen, at least for its theatrical run.</p><p>So I'm very excited that it looks like this time it's actually going to happen! But again I say that It's GOT to be Sam Worthington. The guy is a star, he's Aussie and he really looks the part.</p>

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    BendersShinyAss..exactly

    by JettL93

    So try and deny that Nemesis would not appear in every trek fans top 5 TNG movies...you can't do it can you?<P>The fact is that it's a great movie and is only over shadowed by first contact when it comes to TNG adventures

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Have it be where civilization has returned

    by Dingbatty

    back to normal, but Max is an anachronistic hold out, still driving an Interceptor shooting at people looking for diesel.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Bronson, anyone...?

    by King_Knut

    Hardy kind of reminded me of Vernon Wells in that one, funnily enough. He'd make an awesome, charismatic baddie. What about Bana? He's long overdue another Chopper-esque Aussie psycho.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Gibson can't do it because

    by NippleEffect

    it would interfere with his drinking and being crazy (not crazy in a good way)

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Actually FETT, not to get all political...

    by Rage_Against_Martin_Sheen

    but it was actually the Iraq war that stopped location scouting and Fury Road a few years back bc of concern about security for the crew and stars. I'm sure Gibson's boozing didn't help matters.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Martin Sheen, Jett, Bender

    by mr. smith

    Rage Against Martin Sheen: kudos on a fucking hysterical handle. Jett: Sorry dude but as a Trek fan who could probably justly be called an apologist, Nemesis SUX. 3 episodes of the series given inferior remakes(twok, nextgen's Datalore and Violations) and throwing in some inexplicably bad story choices(like bringing a dune buggy to The Planet of the Dune Buggies) led to a blunt illustration on how stale Trek had become. Bender: I fell the same way about Final Frontier. Major Misfire, yes. but they at least seemed to be having fun, and Goldsmith's score is actually on of the series best. as for Fury road, I'm tentatively hopeful, but would have LOVED to see a Mel Max as an old Col. Kurtz of the desert type. we'll see

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    I was totally expecting Sam Worthington to show up

    by CronenbergResearcher

    as Max. Man that guy is way oversaturated.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Tom Hardy absofuckinglutely ruled in "Bronson"

    by fitzcarraldo2

    Seriously - see it. He was funny, pitiful, terrifying all at once.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Hardy would be a great villain in Fury Road...

    by Phimseto

    <P> ...but a poor Max. I could...probably...live with a Mad Max reboot someday, but now ain't that day. Not while Mel is still around to kick ass. No Mel = no Max. <P> About my only problem with a new Mad Max movie with Mel would be the idea that they kill the character. I could see them thinking that would be a "clever" way to clear the table. It would also be a huge mistake, not unlike the foolishness of Alien 3. Part of the allure of the Mad Max legend *is* his seeming inability to die, even though it's more or less what he wants. Life keeps dealing him ways to survive and find/give hope. That's what makes him a great anti-hero.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    So, Mel Gibson and Patrick Stewart share a genetic link?

    by YackBacker

    Fuck Tom Hardy.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST

    FURY ROAD = RAMBO 4

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    Whoever said that is absolutely right. Mel needs to stop making Noah's Ark: The Bloodening and get on this (potentially) awesome opportunity. <P> NO MEL = NO INTEREST

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    George, what the hell is going on here?

    by HarryCalder

    Are you just fucking with us? You're heavy into preproduction, and there's still this coy bullshit about who your "leading man" is playing? If you don't have the balls to be honest about a "No-Mel Max," then fuck you. If you're still negotiating with Mel to return, then godspeed, but also fuck you for not fessing up on that effort. And last, if Mel is in, and this is just some smokescreen to keep us in some sort of weird rage-tinted frenzy, then fuck you, you magnificent bastard.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Jett

    by BendersShinyAss

    Nemesis was over shadowed by scoobie doo

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Bullshit does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    HarryCalder, you're right. Someone IS just fucking with us.<p> Man i've watched this 'casting Max' story pretty closely and the number of times Hardy's been 'confirmed' and then a reverse statement has been made just smacks of bullshit.<p> This is more of a smokescreen than Tiger Woods car accident. Some shennanigans going on behind the scenes.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Cobra: Yeah, right?

    by HarryCalder

    To what end all this crap is being tossed, I cannot imagine...

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Nemesis NOT appear in every Trek fans top 5 TNG movies?

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    As a Trek fan, I will not only TRY and deny that Nemesis would not appear in every trek fans top 5 TNG movies, I will actually do so. Nemesis does not appear in MY top 5 TNG movies. There. See. I denied it. What ranks ahead of it you ask? You guessed it - Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco.<p>(As an honest aside, I must say that Homeward Bound I AND II ranks ahead of every TNG movie in my list of Star Trek movies. The TNG crew doesn't exist in my canon.)<p>Fuck TNG (despite the great job that JettofCumSucker93 did in writing all of the movies plus the series plus starring in them - great job Jett!).

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Nemesis overshadowed by Scoobie Doo?

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Fortunately, JettofJizzGuzzler93 wrote both those, so, no skin off his tiny little pecker.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    HE IS ATTACHED, BUT NOT TO A SPECIFIC ROLE?

    by Mullah Omar

    What is up with that? He doesn't even know what part he'll have? And that isn't some kind of red flag for him? Most of the time it's a bad idea to take a job without a job description.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Schadenfreude vs. JettL93ed

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Schadenfreude is "satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune."<p>JettL93ed is "the simultaneously contradictory feeling one gets when wanting to see someone dead while laughing your ass off at them for their 'entertainment' value."

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Spidercoz!!! LOL!!!

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    I'm picturing Val Kilmer in Tombstone. That was fucking hilarious!<p>Suh, I do so honestly and most humbly beg yo' fo'giveness for, indeed, no offense was intended with mah thoughtless comments. Ah remain yo' most humble servant, The BS.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Someone needs to write a website/program

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Devoted to JettL93. When one visits the site and clicks the button, a randomly insane comment is generated like "I did the uncredited clean-up work on the script for The Godfather for Mario and Francis while fucking Raquel Welch." Another click generates "I like to look at the smears of lipstick on Megan Fox's teeth while she's sucking my dick." Yet another click brings "Gotta go do lunch with Tom and Steven at the Ivy."<p>Ah, who am I kidding? JettL93 is his own crazy quote generator. Just tune in to AICN every day for the latest batshit insane lunacy.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    You guys know that JettL93

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Wrote Obama's speech last night, but doesn't know how well it was delivered 'cause he was too busy texting Jerry Bruckheimer and fucking Scarlett Johansson to watch. He wants to know if Obama hit the right "beats" in the script.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Yep. I'm still not going to see this without Mel Gibson.

    by Ironhelix

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I have never "boycotted" a movie in my life...

    by Ironhelix

    but I simply will not see this.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    No Mel as Max? Fuck it then.

    by DVader

    I won't see it either.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Max is "strongly coming" in his direction

    by Bellam

    Duck or open wide.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST

    NO MEL NO MAX

    by ominus

    what? someone had to say it.jesus.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    How am I going to put this to you?

    by Average Geek

    Uh...look at it this way. No Mel, mmm, no Mel, ahh, no Max. What do you think?

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Will Smiff IS Mad Max!

    by NippleEffect

    Spam Jackson as his dog

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    "Trek 5 has aged really well believe it or not."

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    LOL ... NOT. Trek 5 is the biggest puddle of fucking crap ever put to film. STOP talking shit.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    like he said "it's George's baby."

    by Meadowe

    And I trust THIS GEORGE with his baby better than that other George. Cheese and rice, how do you not see Christensen isn't wearing his blaq glove on mustafar when he lands?

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    I would either do a Mad Max reboot or

    by kafka07

    or have it take place sometime between Mad Max and Road Warrior. Post-Thunderdome kind of doesn't make sense to me.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Miller is insane to do this without Gibson...INSANE!!!

    by Monkey_King

    Mel is the only Max.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Doesn't matter who plays max

    by NippleEffect

    Hollywood is going to lay a big ol' clevland steamer on the franchise anyway<p> Just like they did Indy

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    NO MEL NO MAX

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Should be the damn tagline for this movie.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Mel

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    Isn't Mel off the sauce these days? Anyway, I agree that we're probably being screwed with here. My guess is that they're in negotiations with Gibson and not wanting to spill the beans in case people get their hopes up only to be disappointed when negotiations fail.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Mel Gibson: I am too old for this shit.

    by ominus

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Gibson says he's out, like, 50 times. Weekly.

    by Tall_Boy66

    His latest quote is just from a few weeks ago. Which kind of sucks because I do fall into the Mel Gibson is Mad Max camp. Having said that, if the star wants out but the movie's creator wants to keep going... you gotta lean in the direction of the guy who wrote/directed it. But it's still a bit of an abomination. Old Max cameo FTW.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I am a big fan of Hardy in Nemesis

    by Tall_Boy66

    "SILENCE, ROMULAN!!!" It actually is a pretty good Patrick Stewart + crazy clone/abandoned child take. Picard is over the top at times. "There! Are! Four! Lights!" or "And I will make them PAY for what they've DONE!!" So you take Picard, make him younger and crazier and a falling-apart clone, and you get Shinzon.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    What if the film is a reboot of the franchise

    by ominus

    where he follow the adventures of Mad Max (played by a young actor) when he was younger and less crazier? and during the movie,at some point,young Max meets with his older Max self (played by Mel Gibson),who explains to him that he discovered a black hole during his journey in the desert,which sucked him and trasfered him back to time.he also tells me that now his presence in the past,changed the original timeline and his story is going to progress in a different way now.and voila,everything is happy,the old fans,the new fans,Holywood,etc

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Besides, Nemesis is at least better than Insurrection

    by Tall_Boy66

    I don't hate Insurrection, I don't hate any Star Trek movie, actually, but it's just really small and basically a rip-off of Star Trek 3 with some uninteresting villains and story premise. Nemesis is kind of a rip off of Star Trek 2, true, but slightly less blatant. And Picard RAMS THE ENTERPRISE INTO THE BAD GUY'S SHIP!!! How do people not like that again? I mean, come on. Just that one moment makes it worthwhile.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Gibson also said

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    that he would do a toothbrush commercial for Miller if he was asked to.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Ominus

    by MR. MURDOCH

    Brilliant one there. Do we get lens flares in this new Max? I mean, it would make more sense here, considering Max primarily takes place in sun-drenched desert landscapes, eh? I'll continue to hope for Mel with each ambiguous actor (Hardy) or director (Miller: "It could be Mel, it could be anyone") statement as well. Tall_Boy66: How do people not like Picard ramming the Enterprise? Well, I'd say it's just a BIT out of character for the old man...

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Nemesis is not only the WORST Trek film..

    by TotoroSan

    It is one of the worst things ever. As for Fury Road, the easiest solution here would for Tom Hardy to play the Feral Kid grown up. You might even convince Mel to make a cameo as an older, more mellow Max. Hell, make him religious if that will get the crazy Catholic on-board.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Max is Mel

    by Evil Chicken

    Accept no substitutes.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST

    1 more good Mad Max film with Mel

    by BEYONDTHUNDERDOME2GIRLS1CUPBILLCOSBY

    and I can retire, maybe another Evil Dead while you're at it. Kepp making these sequels while the actors are still alive or you'll regret it. Indy 5, Rambo 5, Back to the Future 4, Michael Keaton Batman 3, Bale Batman 3, Benji 6 ... etc .. etc ....

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Hardy "suicidally depressed?" Bullshit!

    by The Dark Shite

    First of all, Nemesis wasn't great, but was 10 times better than Insurrection.<p> As for whoever said Hardy got "suicidally depressed" after Nemesis tanked..as a Star Trek fan & a fan of Tom Hardy's, I happen to know he met & spent ages bumping uglies with Linda Park (the hot Korean one from Enterprise) afterwards. <p> If that's suicidally depressed, pass me the shotgun.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Merrick. I'm really NOT having trouble seeing him...

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ...as Max.He's a good actor, he can do accents, he can play comedy, drama, subtlety. He looks like a cop. He could easily be great as a tragedy numbed, vengeance seeking ex-cop in a world dying of an apocalypse. Without doubt. The guy is a good actor. It's be great to see him break out as a leading man with Mad Max. He's got my vote.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST

    MURDOCH, they set up Picard's Ent-E ram, though.

    by Tall_Boy66

    With Stewart, who's frantically punching away at his chair (great moment from him) saying how he was cocky in his Academy days. Also, this is the guy who created the Picard Maneuver is (something from WAAYYY back in Season 1) so him using his ship in unconventional methods to defeat the enemy is actually in character with him. I always saw it more as a callback to the Picard Maneuver and it was an unconventional but very much in-character moment. Stewart blankly ordering the self-destruct sequence in a lonnnngggg moment of silence afterwards is just perfect. There are a lot of cool little moments in Nemesis and you can't name a damn single one in Insurrection, which I think is the true sub-par TNG film.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Tall boy I'm with you

    by Meadowe

    Loved him as Shinzon, glad he might have a chance to break out. I'd take him over emo vamps and emo werewolves any day.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    If "his take on the character would have to be something...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...quite different than what Gibson brought to the table", then why bother calling the movie Mad Max at all?<p>Know what? Tone it down to a PG-13 and take out the car chases. Ain't that a great idea, eh?

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Bring bak Smell Gibson!!!

    by Nabster

    Or there may be global riots.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 12:45 a.m. CST

    No Mel is NO MAD MAX MOVIE!

    by aboriginal

    Shoulda just decided to pick it up elsewhere with other characters. The world exists, so why not with other characters and a different "lead"?

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Hmm

    by bueno_bob

    I really can't understand why Mel Gibson wouldn't want to go back to the role that made him a household name, honestly; I mean, just nostalgia alone would trump out his paycheck...and I don't seriously believe Mel Gibson is hurting for money all that much...sure, he's old, but so is Sly and Sly pulled off Rocky Balboa and Rambo just fine. It can be done. That said, if it does go to somebody else other than Mel (younger), you might as well just do a reboot of the whole thing. It'll look kind of silly if a sequel to Thunderdome features an obviously younger Max, am I right?

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 1:23 a.m. CST

    TallBoy66

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    <p>Oh I'll tell you EXACTLY why we don't like that scene. The actual ramming is pretty cool except that there is absolutely no sense of actual physics.</p><p>The two ships are so close, and they comment on this, that they can fucking SEE each other on the bridges! So, from a total and complete dead stop, they somehow2 maqnage to ram the Enterprise halfway through the fucking Reman ship! But wait, it gets better...</p><p>Now remember...they're in fucking SPACE! There's no gravity whatsoever. The ships aren't touching anything obviously. Now how in the FUCK does reversing engines on one of the ships pull hundreds of yards of entertwined metal apart? I'm sorry, there's no way in FUCK that would happen! All that would happen is the Enterprise pulling the Reman ship around like a fucking U-Haul trailer. IMMENSE stupidity.</p><p>And don't get me started on the EPIC FUCKTARDEDNESS of discovering another Data (exactly like they did on the series) and not even having LOR occur to anyone.</p>

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    I EXPECT THIS TO COME OUT ...

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    ... right after TINTIN and JUSTICE LEAGUE. BWAH-HAH-HAH!

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Gibson will be in this.

    by Drsambeckett1984

    He'll turn up at the end, he has to, otherwise this is a waste of time. <P> And I had no real issues with Nemesis, it wasnt great, but it wasnt terrible. I nearly cried when Data died.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 3:54 a.m. CST

    hardy

    by HarryLove

    wouldve been awesome in nemesis if he was as big as he is now, he couldve stomped on picard!

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 4:59 a.m. CST

    "younger Mad Max"

    by Vern

    I looked it up and Tom Hardy is actually a couple years older than Gibson was when he did THUNDERDOME. So he would actually be an older Mad Max.<p> But I'm convinced they're trying to get Gibson to do it. I don't think there would be all this mystery if they weren't. They have the shooting dates, the locations, the budget, they showed some of the cars, signed on Charlize Theron, but this guy doesn't even know if he's starring in it or not? That sounds like they're waiting on something else.<p> After seeing Eric Bana driving a Ford Falcon in LOVE THE BEAST though I really wish it was him as the backup. Renner was a good choice too.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Agree Vern, it will be Mel

    by theplant

    Trust me. The Australian association of whatever they are wouldn't go to all this extend using the movie to raise the australian movie industry profile if Mel was not Max. They just are discussing the salary right now.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST

    This bodes well, to get Mel onboard at last would be a major cou

    by KillaKane

    Failing that I'd similarly defer to Banna as a back-up, LTB was proof enough of his love of the XP and of the MM franchaise. Worthington is an obvious third choice, again with that truck sequence in Terminator Salvation there's not much of a leap from Marcus to Max. Tom Hardy's a solid actor, but I just don't see him as Max, he's not got the look or the grit in voice; for me it has to be a dyed in the wool Aussie for Max, I'm sure any self respecting Antipodean would say the same! ;-)

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 7:16 a.m. CST

    ...coup

    by KillaKane

    Harumph!

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 7:25 a.m. CST

    So Mel driving a wheelchair with a V8 engine

    by ominus

    attached on it.cant wait to see it.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Get Mel, get Eric, get Renner, get Hardy

    by Phimseto

    Give them all cars, give them all guns, and let them blow the fuck out of stuff.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    FUCK SAM WORTHINGTON

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    He was mentioned earlier in this talkback and the mere sight of his name made my head explode. FUCK SAM WORTHINGTON. FUCK HIM AND HIS USELESS CONTROL OF ACCENTS. FUCK SAM WORTHINGTON AND HIS UNDESERVED RISE ABOVE ACTORS WHO COULD DO A BETTER JOB. FUCK SAM WORTHINGTON AND HIS CHARISMA-FREE INTERVIEWS. FUCK SAM WORTHINGTON. FUCK SAM WORTHINGTON. FUCK SAM WORTHINGTON. FUCK SAM WORTHINGTON. FUCK SAM WORTHINGTON.<p>FUCK SAM WORTHINGTON.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Damn, I need to see LOVE THE BEAST

    by Star Hump

    And if Mel gets cast in FR I'll do a fucking backflip. I just can't imagine it.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Christ Mel is only 54. No Mel No Max!!!

    by picardsucks

    He's roughly the same age as dipshits like George "smug Alert" Clooney, and Brad 'Haggard ass hash face" Pitt. He hasn't had plastic surgery like his other effiminate peers have (other than the ole plugs) so he looks like a man of 54 really looks without the pulling and plastic. No Mel No Max

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Bana could be max

    by BendersShinyAss

    Bana could be the hunched over punk villain.

  • Dec. 3, 2009, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Fett you're not thinking about propulsion

    by Tall_Boy66

    We're talking about spaceships in the 24th Century, I'm sure the Enterprise E could go from dead stop to full force ramming speed in a microsecond, considering how they can go to warp and all. That's perfectly plausible. As for the Reman ship not dragging around the Enterprise when they went into reverse, you could assume either A) the Ent E also went into reverse or B) the Reman ship threw a tractor beam onto the Ent E to keep it in place and THEN went into reverse. To be fair, you're the first person I've ever seen complain about the realism of physics in Star Trek.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST

    nemesis rocks

    by HarryLove

    just kidding, its alright couldve been a lot better.