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Why Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy hated each other on set of Mad Max

11:58, May 14

Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller has opened up about the mutual dislike between Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy on the set of the hit 2015 adventure movie.

In his opinion, the tension came from Theron and Hardy becoming immersed in their characters: Empress Furiosa and Max Rockatansky.

"I'm an optimist, so I think their behavior reflects their characters, who had to learn to cooperate to ensure mutual survival," Miller told The Telegraph. Speaking about the tension between the stars, he noted: "There's no excuse for it, and I think there's a tendency in this business to use great acting as an excuse for other failures that could have been avoided."

Miller is promoting his new movie, Furiosa, a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road, which will star Anya Taylor-Joy, 28, as Theron.

The 2022 book Blood, Sweat and Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road details the problems surrounding this film's production.

It was claimed that the Oscar-winning actress at one point asked producers to provide her with "protection" amid intense tensions with Hardy.

She was irritated by Hardy's lateness, for whom she once had to wait for more than three hours. When the actor finally showed up, Theron expressed her dissatisfaction with him and demanded that the producers fine him “one hundred thousand dollars for every minute he was late.”

Hardy reacted quite aggressively to her attack, and the actress said: “I need someone as protection.”

Miller attributed their clashes to their different personalities. “Tom has flaws, but he also has brilliance, and whatever was going on with him at the time, he had to be lured out of the trailer,” Miller said.

“And Charlize was incredibly disciplined—a dancer by training, which was reflected in the precision of her performance—and was always the first on the set.”

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