Mad Max was almost played by Marvel's Jeremy Renner in Fury Road

Susannah Alexander
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From Digital Spy

Mad Max: Fury Road could have looked very different, as the title character was very nearly played by an Avenger.

Max was eventually played by Venom and The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy but another of the film's stars Zoë Kravitz revealed to the New York Times that Marvel's Jeremy Renner was in the running for the title role before Hardy was cast.

Kravitz, who played Toast in the post-apocalyptic action movie, spoke during a discussion with a number of the film's cast and crew about her initial screen test with Renner, who plays expert archer Hawkeye / Clint Barton in the MCU.

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"I did a chemistry test with Jeremy Renner reading for Max, because they hadn't hired Tom yet," she revealed.

But the film's writer and director George Miller said that once Hardy auditioned for the role he knew that he was the perfect choice to take over from former star Mel Gibson, who played Max Rockatansky in three Mad Max films during the 1970s and '80s.

"I had the same feeling about Tom that I had when Mel Gibson first walked into the room," he said. "There was a kind of edgy charm, the charisma of animals. You don't know what's going on in their inner depths, and yet they're enormously attractive."

Fury Road, which follows Max and driver Furiosa (Charlize Theron) racing through the desert to escape the dangerous Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his War Boys, was a difficult movie to make thanks to its continuous action sequences and Hardy admitted that production could have been very dangerous if it wasn't for the skill and professionalism of the crew.

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Theron also revealed that "fear" was a significant driver in the film's production, saying that she often felt "scared".

"The biggest thing that was driving that entire production was fear. I was incredibly scared, because I'd never done anything like it," she said. "I think the hardest thing between me and George is that he had the movie in his head and I was so desperate to understand it."

Elsewhere in the interview, Hardy, Theron and Kravitz also opened up about the conflicts that took place on set, with Kravitz saying that "Tom really had moments of frustration, of anger".

Mad Max: Fury Road is available on Blu-ray, DVD and streaming.

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