Chris Hemsworth, globally recognized for his role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, recently revealed that the original Mad Max film was a key influence in his decision to pursue acting. The conversation took place at the Red Sea Film Festival in Saudi Arabia, where Hemsworth was engaged in a dialogue with renowned filmmaker Baz Luhrmann.
Mad Max: An Inspiration for Hemsworth's Career
Hemsworth expressed his admiration for Mad Max's unique storytelling and its iconic Australian vision with universal appeal. He acknowledged that the film, directed by George Miller and featuring Mel Gibson, played a significant role in creating opportunities for Australian actors in Hollywood. 'I remember watching Mad Max and have vivid memories of its messaging and the type of storytelling. It was a sort of iconic Australian vision, but post-apocalyptic and had this universal appeal,' Hemsworth said.
George Miller's Unique Casting Approach for 'Furiosa'
In the upcoming prequel to the Mad Max franchise titled 'Furiosa', Hemsworth noted George Miller's unconventional casting approach. The director chose individuals with real-life, colorful backgrounds, including ex-criminals and a Hell's Angel, as extras. Rather than asking these extras to read the script, Miller requested they share personal stories, reflecting his inclusive filmmaking philosophy. Hemsworth said, 'Miller hired 'ex-criminals' as extras in Furiosa and thinks the move demonstrated how generous he is behind the camera.'
Praise for Miller's Filmmaking Process
Hemsworth, who portrays the character Dementus in Furiosa, lauded Miller's meticulous filmmaking approach. He emphasized how every frame was thoughtfully crafted to serve the film's overarching plan and message, ensuring there was no waste during production. 'The Babe director ensured that there was no 'waste' during the making of the movie,' Hemsworth added. The highly anticipated release of 'Furiosa' is set for May 2024.