It has been learned that Eminem is very close to starring in Mad Max: Fury Road, one of the biggest movies of 2015. It turned out that he was being considered for the role of Max Rockatansky, which Tom Hardy continues to play.
Storyboard artist Mark Sexton told Vulture, “This is something I don’t hear about very much and that George [Miller] never admits, but I have a very, very, very strong memory of George talking about Eminem for Max,”
Production and development executive Petrina Hull added, “That is true! See, that’s one of those wild-card things: There were always these people that George would see in popular culture, and he’d want to know more about this person.”
George Miller initially wanted to cast Eminem as the lead in Mad Max: Fury Road: “He’d done ‘8 Mile,’ and I found that really interesting — I thought, ‘He’s got that quality.’”
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Eminem, who had a successful performance in 8 Mile, was also highly appreciated by Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller.
“He’d done 8 Mile, and I found that really interesting — I thought, ‘He’s got that quality,’” he said. “We’d done the first Happy Feet with the late Brittany Murphy, and she had done 8 Mile, so I asked her what he was like and would this be something really interesting for him? She had no reservations about saying what a wonderful talent he is.”
“We did get in touch with him, though that’s as far as it went because we were going to shoot it in Australia at that point, and he simply didn’t want to leave home,” he explained. “I think he had the impression that if he could do it out of his home state, then he’d be up for it.”
Sexton added, “I’m kind of glad it didn’t happen. Eminem, really? Whole different bent there. And the feminist story behind Mad Max: Fury Road might have taken a bit of a hammering if he’d played the role.”
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