The Wheels Behind Mad Max: Fury Road (14 May 2015)
The Wheels Behind Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road premiers this weekend in cinemas across South Africa, and one of the film’s hottest drawing cards has to be the cars used in the film. They’re crazy, rugged, monster machines, but they’re also functional – and all real.
That’s right, director George Miller and production designer Colin Gibson imagined these bulks of metal from scratch, scavenging junkyards around Australia to find the right cars with the right personality for Miller’s version of Mad Max. This means that the cars packed with personality and with an absolute minimum of technology, with not a stitch of CGI in sight.
Starting off as a shell, each car reflects the Mad Max character’s personality. Imperator Furiosa’s (Charlize Theron) machine is the War Rig – a six-wheel-drive Tatra truck powered by two supercharged V8s, a Chevy Fleetmaster welded to the back, and a Beetle cabin mounted to the tanker. Talk about a Frankenstein car!
88 custom-made cars were made for the movie, but the crew ended up having to make a total of 150 cars for the filming of Mad Max as a backup in case of mechanical problems, and because some were blown up or ripped apart in all the action.