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10 things you didn’t know about… Mad Max
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10 things you didn’t know about… Mad Max

When it first emerged in 1979, Mad Max was a no budget action thriller with no stars. By 1985 it was an epic three-movie saga with $150 million in box office receipts, had made Mel Gibson one of the world’s biggest stars and was about to lay the roadmap for a generation of how to make dystopian thrillers look stylish and violent at the same time.

Now with the entire Mad Max trilogy on offer as part of hmv’s Prequels, Sequels and Beyond campaign and a new instalment out now in cinemas (click here to read our full review of Mad Max: Fury Road), we thought it was an excellent time to bring you 10 things you didn’t know about Mad Max

 

George Miller paid for Mad Max by working as an emergency room doctor…

Mad Max was a real labour of love for Miller. He raised the money himself through late shifts as an emergency doctor. He treated a lot of accident victims, which doubtless gave him plenty of inspiration for the grisly fates of many of the characters in the Mad Max series…

 

Budgets have gotten a little bigger since the original Mad Max…

Miller managed to raise $350,000 Australian dollars to make the original movie, which is roughly $280,000. The budget for Fury Road was a little bigger, meaning the new movie costs over 300 times as much…

 

A bar fight scored Mel Gibson the role…

Mel Gibson wasn’t even planning to audition for the role of Max Rockastansky, he only came to the audition to support his friend Steve Bisley, who ended up winning the role of Goose. Gibson had gotten in a fight the night before and turned up with a heavily bruised face, a look the director and producers liked. They offered him a call back and asked him to read for Max, which he did…

 

And he was so unknown he didn’t feature in any of the trailers…

Instead of focusing on his star, Miller filled the trailer with action sequences and car carnage. It clearly worked…

 

Hugh Keays-Byrne is on double villain duty…

He plays the grotesque bad guy and fascist leader Immortan Joe in Fury Road, but it’s actually his second turn as a villain, he starred as the fearsome Toecutter in the original Mad Max back in 1979.

 

Mad Max wasn’t originally due to be in Beyond Thunderdome…

Miller originally wrote the movie as his own take on William Golding’s seminal novel Lord Of The Flies, but then decided he’d introduce his beloved Max into the mix too.

 

Tina Turner’s megahit ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’ started life with Mad Max...

Originally recorded to lead the Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome soundtrack, the track wound up getting to Number Two in America and Number Three in the UK, it’s still one of Turner’s biggest hits.

 

That song has a very unlikely backing singer…

Lawrence Dallaglio is better known for his role as man mountain rugby player and England captain, but before all that he was a member of the choir at King’s House School in Richmond. A choir that was enlisted to sing backing vocals on ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’ for Tina Turner…

 

How she suffered for her role…

Turner’s dress in Beyond Thunderdome was made of chain mail, which is basically steel. It weighed a colossal 121 lbs, that’s 55 kilos!

 

Max has never been big on dialogue…

In fact in The Road Warrior, he only had 16 lines of dialogue, Tom Hardy doesn’t have that many more in the new movie…

 

The Mad Max ultimate trilogy is on offer as part of hmv’s Prequels, Sequels and Beyond promotion. Check it out in-store now.

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