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Published On: Mon, Apr 20th, 2015

Charlize Theron talks ‘Mad Max Fury Road,’ fighting with Tom Hardy in the desert

Mad Max is back this summer and Charlize Theron opens up about the difficult shoot, how that impacted the cast and director George Miller – all in a preview that will excite fans to go see Mad Max: Fury Road.

When speaking with Esquire, begins with an honest remark on the tensions she had with Tom Hardy while shooting Mad Max: Fury Road. It turns out rumors that the two stars were clashing on set weren’t entirely false.

“We f–kin’ went at it, yeah. And on other days, he and George [Miller, the director] went at it,” she reveals. “It was the isolation, and the fact that we were stuck in a rig for the entire shoot. We shot a war movie on a moving truck — there’s very little green screen. It was like a family road trip that just never went anywhere. We never got anywhere. We just drove. We drove into nothingness, and that was maddening sometimes.”

Charlize Theron one arm pic Mad Max Fury RoadTheron and Hardy filmed on location in Swakopmund in Namibia, on the edge of the Namib Desert, for six-and-a-half months.

“It’s material that’s really frightening — we didn’t have a script. Tom and I are actors who take our jobs seriously. Both of us want to please the directors we work with, and when you don’t know if you can deliver on that, it’s a frightening place to be — and for Tom more than me, because he was stepping into big shoes,” Theron explains.

Charlize went on to say that she ultimately appreciated Hardy more than some of her peers.

“I’d rather have that honesty working with someone than someone who fake-smiles through something — especially for actors, when your job is to go for the emotional truth. When you’re with somebody and you don’t feel like you’re in their emotional truth, then you don’t trust them,” she says.

“I think good actors go all the way. If you want to be a safe actor, and you emotionally protect yourself from things getting out of hand, the performance will show all of that. Anyone who really, really, really goes into the deep dark corners of what emotional truth is, as somebody who works opposite of that, you have to be grateful for that. I beg for that. I beg for that on a job, that potency to the stew that makes it that magic that it is.”

Check out the full coverage here.

Theron’s full interview when the May issue of Esquire hits newsstands on April 21.

Fury Road also stars Nicholas Hoult, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, and Abbey Lee Kershaw.

Mad Max Fury Road arrives in theaters on May 15, 2015.

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