Although acting seems to come naturally to some people, it often takes a lot of trial and error before actors find the sweet spot for certain characters. To Chris Hemsworthfind the right approach to him Furious villain has been challenging. George Miller’s Mad Max franchise is one of Hollywood’s most beloved science fiction properties, so the pressure to deliver a flawless silver screen spectacle is off the charts. Fortunately, Hemsworth eventually found his inspiration, but not before worrying about letting people down.
Talking to the hosts on Happy Sad Confused podcast, Hemsworth said, “Often I’ll get a script and I know from first read, second read, I know who the character is, and I instantly get a kind of visceral feeling attached to it, like, ‘Okay, I got it.'” However, discovering the right tone and delivery to Furious was intense. “I had read this two years before I started shooting and was in awe of the script. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve read. I love George Miller – but I didn’t know who this character was.” Hemsworth added.
With Father Time breathing down his neck before the cameras rolled, Hemsworth discovered the character during rehearsals. “We rehearsed for about four weeks and we started digging in and diving into it and things started coming to me. And then, about two weeks into filming, something clicked,” explained a relieved Hemsworth. “I said, ‘Oh! Oh. I think that’s who it is. I think that’s how he moves’. But in the build up, and I’m talking about a few years, I was scared out of my mind. I say, ‘I’m going to derail one of the most iconic franchises.’ I bring down Mad Max. It will be my fault.”
Don’t let your Emo Teen Life Coach get the better of you, Chris! We all experience moments of doubt and have faith that the character is interesting, scary and fun to watch. The pressure to deliver a top performance must be overwhelming, but we are all with you.
Here is the official plot for Furious: “When the world fell, young Furiosa is torn from the green place of many mothers and falls into the hands of a large biker horde led by the warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the wasteland, they come across the citadel, presided over by Immortan Joe. As the two tyrants fight for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she assembles the means to find her way home.” It will take place over 15 years.
Do you have confidence in Chris Hemsworth’s ability to play a great villain for the Millers Mad Max franchise? What about Anya Taylor-Joy? Is she the right choice for a young Furiosa? Let us know what you think in the comments.