We know exactly what went down between Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy on the “Mad Max: Fury Road” set, as the 2022 book “Blood, Sweat, and Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road” lifted the lid on an their explosive drama.
“It was like two parents in the front of the car. We were either fighting or we were icing each other — I don’t know which one is worse — and they had to deal with it in the back,” Theron explained (via Vanity Fair), calling the experience “horrible!” and admitting, “We should not have done that; we should have been better. I can own up to that.”
The book details a specific verbal altercation between the co-stars after Hardy was late to set. Camera operator Mark Goellnicht claimed Theron began swearing at him when he turned up, to which Hardy allegedly got “quite aggressive” and left Theron feeling “threatened.” After that, Theron asked a producer to shadow her on the set. “It got to a place where it was kind of out of hand, and there was a sense that maybe sending a woman producer down could maybe equalize some of it, because I didn’t feel safe,” she admitted.
Theron’s stunt double previously spoke about the on-set drama to Metro in 2020, calling it “intense” and “challenging,” while noting there were occasions the actors would film with each other’s stunt doubles rather than each other.