It seems the infamous rumours of behind-the-scenes beef between the two leads of Aussie blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road are true.
Actress Zoe Kravitz confirmed co-stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron – who played heroes Max Rockatansky and Imperator Furiosa in the 2015 hit – “weren’t vibing” during their time on the film.
Kravitz, currently starring alongside Scarlett Johansson in comedy Rough Night, made the comments on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.
“Did you witness any beef between Charlize and Tom Hardy on the set of Mad Max?” the host asked.
After demurring for a brief take, Kravitz answered: “Yeah.”
“They didn’t get along,” she said. “And we were also in the desert for so long, I think everyone was tired and confused and homesick and we saw nothing but sand for six months – you go crazy, you just do.
“It was like summer camp, you know? At some point, everyone has some kind of issue with somebody.”
Rumours indicating Theron and Hardy had on-set issues with each other were first raised even before the film’s successful launch. Reports said the feud was sparked by Hardy’s method-acting, which saw him employ Max’s anti-social shtick between takes.
The actor waved off the news in a 2014 interview with GQ, calling the rumours “disappointing” and praising Theron as “f—ing awesome”.
But Theron again hinted at Hardy’s difficult behaviour in an interview with The Wall Street Journal last year.
“From what I hear, he’s not like that on every movie – I hear he’s had good experiences,” she joked.
“Maybe the movie is what it is because we struggled so much with each other… If we were chum-chum, maybe the movie would have been 10 times worse.”
Fury Road had a notoriously long development, in the works for almost 20 years before filming began in Namibia in 2012, after being moved from its local plot in Broken Hill due to poor weather. The total shoot ran for 120 days.
Despite their rocky working relationship, both Hardy and Theron have publicly voiced their enthusiasm for a sequel.
Earlier this year, Miller noted he had two new screenplays set in Mad Max‘s dusty dystopia already ready to go – one, a prequel centring on Furiosa, and another with the working title The Wasteland, which would be a “quieter affair with a smaller budget”.
Fury Road, which had a budget estimated at more than $190 million, pulled in about $500 million at the global box office, as well as earning six Oscars, a record haul for an Australian production.