George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most successful films in 2015, but in 2012, way before it won 6 Academy Awards and earned $377M at the worldwide box office, director George Miller faced a challenging shoot, and one of reasons why it the filming was difficult was the rumored struggle between the film's main stars Tom Hardy (Inception, Dark Knight Rises) and Charlize Theron (Snow White and The Huntsman).
In an interview with WSJ Magazine, Theron opened up about her struggle with Tom Hardy:
"From what I hear, he's not like that on every movie—I hear he's had good experiences. 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."
From the sounds of it, the film was a brutal production. They filmed in Australia but had to move to South America after flooding. There was also no finish script. Add all the problems on the production, and it's easy to see why the actors didn't get along. It must have been hard for George Miller. I like how Theron credits their off-screen relationship to their on-screen. Just like the situation they were in, Max and Furiosa only got a long because of necessity.
Hardy declined to comment on the article, but Miller opened up his views on the conflict:
"I'm not saying that they were seething right through, but the trajectory of the characters can't help but seep into the work," Miller said on Theron and Hardy. "When they first meet each other, they're trying to kill each other. As the two characters come together out of necessity and rather reluctantly, they have to find a degree of trust. And to some extent that was the trajectory of their relationship as well."