Here’s A Full Breakdown Of Charlize Theron And Tom Hardy’s “Mad Max” Feud, Which Left Charlize Feeling So Scared And Unsafe She Requested Protection

Charlize previously admitted that she felt so scared and unsafe on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road that she requested additional protection.

In 2022, a tell-all book about the making of Mad Max: Fury Road made a series of bombshell revelations about the tense working conditions on set — particularly between the two stars, Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron pose together at a media event

Meanwhile, camera operator Mark Goellnicht claimed that the “turning point” between the two actors was when Tom showed up to the set three hours late despite a “special request” to be punctual.

Charlize as Furiosa is shown with a determined look as she sits in a vehicle

Charlize corroborated Mark’s story, and said that producer Denise Di Novi was drafted in to help when she asked for a woman to be added into a position of power on set to “equalize” the tension.

Charlize Theron on the red carpet wearing a halter dress with a beaded neckline

Charlize added that she felt like she was “walking on thin ice” for several weeks of the shoot, and George confessed in the book that he would “probably be more mindful” if confronted with the same situation again.

George Miller sits holding a microphone, wearing a leather jacket and scarf

Despite this, Tom denied that Charlize was ever “frightened” of him, saying: “She’s a very serious actor. So, I don’t see why she would ever be intimidated by me or in any way feel frightened. I think that was more bollocks.”

Tom Hardy in "Mad Max: Fury Road"

And George Miller, the director, has now said that there was “no excuse” for the way that Tom and Charlize behaved on set in a new interview with the Telegraph, where he also revealed that Tom would refuse to leave his trailer at times.

George Miller, Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy pose together at a media event

While Anya and Chris appear to have gotten along incredibly well during the shoot, Anya concerned fans when she repeatedly alluded to a difficult filming experience in a recent interview with the New York Times.

Anya Taylor-Joy posing on event backdrop, wearing a unique white jacket with emphasized shoulders

Interestingly, Charlize recalled a similar experience during filming for Fury Road, where she said that she had to demand her character had a cathartic outburst — ultimately leading to Charlize improvising a now-iconic scene where she drops to her knees and lets out a primal scream.

Close-up of a character, played by Charlize Theron, with an intense look and dirt on face
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