After several years of delays and false starts, Mad Max: Fury Road finally hits theaters tomorrow, and if the enormously positive buzz is any indication, this could be one of the summer's biggest hits. As you know by now, the original Mad Max, Mel Gibson, who starred in Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, did not return for this new action-thriller, with Tom Hardy taking his place as Max Rockatansky. Director George Miller revealed that he actually brought Mel Gibson to the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere, so he could get the actor/filmmaker's take on the movie. Here's what George Miller had to say about Mel Gibson's reaction.
"[Mel] was at the premiere of the movie and I sat next to him. We hadn't seen each other in a long time. Mel is someone who, in a sense, cannot lie. And he started chuckling during the movie and I thought, There's that chuckle I remember! Mel kept chuckling and he started digging me in the ribs... He gave me great perspective because he is a great actor, but in the end he is a really great director."
Now that Mad Max: Fury Road gets Mel Gibson's seal of approval, perhaps they could somehow reunite for a sequel to this action-packed thrill-ride. When asked if he is considering a follow-up at this time, George Miller revealed he still hasn't recovered from making Mad Max: Fury Road quite yet.
"Being asked that question feels to me like being a woman who's just given birth to a really big baby. And then someone asks you, 'When are you having your next baby?' We only finished 12 days ago! I'm just not recovered enough to get into it."