Before Warner Bros.' Mad Max: Fury Road was released and went on to earn $380 million at the wordwide box office and six Academy Awards, there were reports of a feud between its two biggest stars: Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Charlize Theron (The Fate of the Furious). That's probably why the Max Rockatansky and Imperator Furiosa knock-down, drag-out fight scene looked so realistic.
After the film was released, Theron opened up quite a bit about the on-set rift. "From what I hear, he’s not like that on every movie—I hear he’s had good experiences," Theron told WSJ Magazine in April. "Maybe the movie is what it is because we struggled so much with each other, and those characters had to struggle so much with each other. If we were chum-chum, maybe the movie would have been 10 times worse."
In a April 2015 interview with Esquire, Theron said she and Hardy repaired their relationship by the end of the shoot. She even produced a hand written note that Hardy sent her. "You are an absolute nightmare, BUT you are also f--king awesome," he wrote to her. "I'll kind of miss you. Love, Tommy."
While promoting his new eight-part television series Taboo, Hardy was asked about the on-set feud and if he and Theron have buried the hatchet. "Yeah, I mean, there are these myths that are usually asininely circulated about things that go on on set that aren’t nearly as dramatic as they’re made out to be," the 39-year-old English actor told The Daily Beast. "There was no hatchet to bury, for me. I’ve always thought—and I still do think—that Charlize is one of the best actresses in the world and a mega-talent. I think she’s brilliant and I would love to work with her again. So there’s really no hatchet for me to bury at all in any way, shape or form."
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Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
Hardy can currently be seen in Taboo. It airs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on FX.