Zoe Kravitz: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road was the hardest thing I’ve ever done’

Zoe Kravitz named starring in Mad Max: Fury Road as one of the hardest things she’s ever done in her life.The actress starred in George Miller’s 2015 post-apocalyptic action movie alongside Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, and Rosie Huntin…

Zoe Kravitz named starring in Mad Max: Fury Road as one of the hardest things she’s ever done in her life.

The actress starred in George Miller’s 2015 post-apocalyptic action movie alongside Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

However, with countless production delays affecting the ambitious project and Theron and Hardy at loggerheads throughout filming, Kravitz confessed that it was a challenging set to work on.

“As an actor, you make a lot of movies – some of them are good and some of them are bad, and you have to kind of let that go,” she told The New York Times. “But with this one, it really felt like we put our actual blood, sweat, tears and time into it, and if it hadn’t been good, I would have been devastated.”

However, she went on to note that she’d work with the Australian director again in a heartbeat.

“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life, but it was absolutely worth it, and I would do it again if George asked me to,” Kravitz added.

Elsewhere in the interview, she revealed that it was leading man Hardy, who had taken on the role of Max Rockatansky, which was made famous by Mel Gibson in the original Mad Max movies in the 1980s, who was vocal about the challenges the cast faced on the set of the sequel.

“Tom really had moments of frustration, of anger. Charlize did, too, but I feel like he’s the one who really took it out on George the most, and that was a bummer to see,” she stated. “But you know, in some ways, you also can’t blame him, because a lot was being asked of these actors and there were a lot of unanswered questions.”

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Charlize Theron continued filming The Old Guard after tearing tendon in thumb

Charlize Theron pushed through the pain to continue filming The Old Guard after tearing a tendon in her thumb three weeks before the end of the shoot. In the upcoming comic book adaptation, the Oscar winner plays ancient warrior Andy, or Andromache th…

Charlize Theron pushed through the pain to continue filming The Old Guard after tearing a tendon in her thumb three weeks before the end of the shoot.

In the upcoming comic book adaptation, the Oscar winner plays ancient warrior Andy, or Andromache the Scythian, the leader of a team of elite immortal mercenaries who are targeted by mysterious enemies eager to unlock the secrets of their immortality.

Theron underwent months of training with fight coordinator Daniel Hernandez to prepare for the action drama, in which her character wields a heavy two-handed battle-axe, and the project became even more challenging when she tore a tendon in her left thumb in the final weeks of filming.

“I definitely cried quite a bit,” she admitted to Entertainment Weekly. “Everybody kept saying, ‘This is probably serious,’ and I was like, ‘We can’t talk about that right now. We just have to keep going because what are we going to do? We have three more weeks to shoot. We’ve got to get through it.”

The 44-year-old, who needed three surgeries on her left arm after she finished filming, is no stranger to stunts thanks to her work on films such as Atomic Blonde and Mad Max: Fury Road. But she considers The Old Guard to be one of her most difficult projects yet.

“I’ve never had to do anything like that,” Theron said of wielding the weapon. “You have to learn to fight with that ginormous thing in a way where you don’t kill the person that you’re fighting with.”

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood made matters worse because she wanted Andy’s stunts to look “effortless… like it’s almost a bore” because she has been fighting for centuries, and Theron found that hard to pull off.

“A lot of my feedback from my trainers was always like, ‘You’re making it look too hard,'” she commented. “I was like, ‘Because this is really f**king hard!'”

The Old Guard is set to debut on Netflix on 10 July.

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George Miller abandons plans to de-age Charlize Theron for Mad Max spin-off

George Miller has abandoned plans to use digital de-ageing technology on Charlize Theron in a Mad Max: Fury Road prequel. The Oscar-winning actress played action heroine Imperator Furiosa alongside Tom Hardy in the 2015 post-apocalyptic road movie, an…

George Miller has abandoned plans to use digital de-ageing technology on Charlize Theron in a Mad Max: Fury Road prequel.

The Oscar-winning actress played action heroine Imperator Furiosa alongside Tom Hardy in the 2015 post-apocalyptic road movie, and Miller had hoped to work with her again on his prequel, which will focus on a young Furiosa.

Miller was initially planning to pull it off by using digital de-ageing technology on Theron, but he realised after watching the technique being used in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman that the effects aren’t quite good enough yet.

“For the longest time, I thought we could just use CG de-ageing on Charlize, but I don’t think we’re nearly there yet,” he told The New York Times. “Despite the valiant attempts on The Irishman, I think there’s still an uncanny valley. Everyone is on the verge of solving it, particularly Japanese video-game designers, but there’s still a pretty wide valley, I believe.”

Miller is now looking for an actress in her twenties for the lead role and he has started the audition process. It was reported in March that he has been meeting with actresses such as Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy via Skype.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Australian filmmaker explained that the script for the Furiosa prequel was written before filming on Fury Road began because he and his co-writer Nick Lathouris were so inspired by the extensive backstory that they had created for the character.

“It was purely a way of helping Charlize and explaining it to ourselves,” Miller explained.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who appeared in Fury Road, added, “I got to read it when I was cast. It’s genius. I’ve always wondered if that movie’s going to get made.”

Miller hopes to make the Furiosa film once he completes the drama, Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba. The production was supposed to begin this spring but has been pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy regret Mad Max: Fury Road feud

Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy have finally opened up about their feud on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road.It was reported that the co-stars were at loggerheads during the making of the 2015 post-apocalyptic action movie, which also starred Nicholas Hoult,…

Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy have finally opened up about their feud on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road.

It was reported that the co-stars were at loggerheads during the making of the 2015 post-apocalyptic action movie, which also starred Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Zoe Kravitz.

Now, five years after its release, Theron and Hardy have discussed the challenges of making director George Miller’s critically-acclaimed film in The New York Times.

And the 44-year-old Oscar winner blamed production delays and confusion over the ambitious project for butting heads with her co-star and confessed she was also fearful of Miller’s unusual script and style of filmmaking.

“The biggest thing that was driving that entire production was fear. I was incredibly scared because I’d never done anything like it. 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,” Theron explained, noting that it subsequently impacted her relationship with Hardy.

“I think because of my own fear, we were putting up walls to protect ourselves instead of saying to each other, ‘This is scary for you and it’s scary for me, too. Let’s be nice to each other,'” she added.

In the movie, the British actor portrayed Max Rockatansky, a role previously made famous by Mel Gibson, and Theron admitted it was a huge character to take on.

“In retrospect, I didn’t have enough empathy to really, truly understand what he must have felt like to step into Mel Gibson’s shoes,” she shared.

Hardy agreed with his co-star’s description of the high stakes atmosphere on set, and said in retrospect, he was “in over my head”.

“The pressure on both of us was overwhelming at times,” he stated. “What (Theron) needed was a better, perhaps more experienced, partner in me. That’s something that can’t be faked. I’d like to think that now that I’m older and uglier, I could rise to that occasion.”

Hardy also revealed there are plans for him to star in another two Mad Max films.

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George Miller eyeing Anya Taylor-Joy for Mad Max spin-off

George Miller is reportedly eyeing Anya Taylor-Joy for the lead role in his Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off. The Australian filmmaker released the fourth instalment in the Mad Max franchise in 2015 and it went on to become a critical and commercial succes…

George Miller is reportedly eyeing Anya Taylor-Joy for the lead role in his Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off.

The Australian filmmaker released the fourth instalment in the Mad Max franchise in 2015 and it went on to become a critical and commercial success, with it topping many end of year lists, winning six Oscars, and landing a nod for Best Picture.

The post-apocalyptic action film starred Tom Hardy in the title role, alongside Nicholas Hoult and Charlize Theron, who played the breakout action heroine, Imperator Furiosa.

Miller has long expressed interest in making Mad Max sequels and a Furiosa spin-off, and according to Variety, he is now actively in development on the Furiosa movie, which he reportedly hopes to start shooting in 2021.

The report also reveals that the Happy Feet helmer has been meeting with actresses such as Taylor-Joy, best known for Split and The Witch, via Skype to help him cast the movie while in self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Director George Miller has been meeting with names including Anya Taylor-Joy for his Furiosa spin-off, which he hopes to start shooting in 2021. Of course, Miller is making concessions – those auditions have taken place via Skype,” the report reads.

Given Taylor-Joy is only 23, it can be assumed that the Furiosa spin-off will serve as a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road.

Work on further films was delayed by a lawsuit between Miller’s production company, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, and Warner Bros. representatives. The company claimed it was eligible for $9 million (£3.7 million) for delivering the movie under the agreed budget, while lawyers for Warner Bros. claimed the company broke their contract regarding the film’s intended runtime and rating.

Taylor-Joy was recently seen in period drama Emma, which has been released on video-on-demand early due to the Covid-19 crisis, while her superhero movie, The New Mutants, has been indefinitely delayed.

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Scarlett Johansson leads wave of colour in pink Versace dress at BAFTAs

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stu…

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stunned as she arrived at the star-studded bash held at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Scarlett showed off her trim figure and numerous tattoos in the plunging custom pink gown, which was covered in sequins and finished off with a flourish of baby pink feathers on the skirt.

The mesh sections of the gown gave fans a glimpse of the ink on her rib cage, in addition to the string of roses and a goat exposed on her back.

She completed her show-stopping look with blush pink Jimmy Choo sandals and drop earrings, and styled her blonde hair in a chic updo.

Scarlett, who was nominated for both Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, was just one of the famous faces opting for colour on the chilly red carpet.

Renee Zellweger, who won the Best Actress gong for her portrayal of Hollywood legend Judy Garland in the biopic Judy, wore an off-the-shoulder pale pink column gown by Prada with matching Jimmy Choo heels.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Florence Pugh chose a dramatic black and pink Dries Van Noten gown for the ceremony, which featured a short skirt in the front and a huge hot pink train in the back.

Charlize Theron also wowed with her pleated floor-length purple Dior dress, while Zoe Kravitz wore an eye-catching metallic gold gown designed by Saint Laurent.

Laura Dern, who continued her successful streak by winning Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story, also channelled the colourful theme on the red carpet with a bright pink Valentino gown that featured an embellished bodice and full skirt.

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Charlize Theron ‘instantly fell in love’ with BAFTAs gown

Charlize Theron “instantly fell in love” with the purple Dior gown she wore to the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.The Oscar-winning actress wowed in a strapless purple couture Dior gown, which featured seamless pleats and a plunging nec…

Charlize Theron “instantly fell in love” with the purple Dior gown she wore to the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The Oscar-winning actress wowed in a strapless purple couture Dior gown, which featured seamless pleats and a plunging neckline, complemented with a simple black belt.

Charlize’s stylist Leslie Fremar told British Vogue that the Bombshell actress has been trying out different looks throughout awards season and was thrilled to be wearing a classic Old Hollywood design.

“We’ve tried to alter the silhouette, colour and feeling of Charlize’s looks for each red carpet,” she explained. “You don’t see her wear this classic silhouette very often, so we instantly fell in love with it.”

Fremar revealed the mood and timing of the ceremony, which takes place during winter in the U.K., had a huge impact on what type of gown she wanted her client to wear.

“The evening lighting makes the red carpet photographs look so elegant,” she shared. “It’s softer and more beautiful than the bright sunshine at the L.A. ceremonies.

“Maria Grazia Chiuri (Dior’s artistic director) gave Charlize the option of wearing purple or red… The vibrant purple was the standout option, and dictated the silhouette of the traditional Old Hollywood gown.”

And Charlize, who has worked with the iconic French fashion house since 2004, has such a good relationship with the designer that most of the couture pieces created for her need no alteration.

“Maria Grazia’s team has mannequins of Charlize’s body, so when her looks arrive they fit really well,” Fremar explained.

The 44-year-old, who was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, finished off her show-stopping look with a 10-carat diamond necklace from Tiffany & Co.

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Charlize Theron wears diamond bracelet in her hair to 2020 SAG Awards

Charlize Theron had a diamond bracelet woven into her hair for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.The actress, who was nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category for Bombshell, but lost out to…

Charlize Theron had a diamond bracelet woven into her hair for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.

The actress, who was nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category for Bombshell, but lost out to Judy’s Renee Zellweger, looked stunning in a black and silver Givenchy outfit when she stepped out onto the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

But while Charlize’s ensemble garnered lots of attention, it was the Tiffany & Co. diamond tennis bracelet placed on her centre parting that really had fans talking.

“I didn’t have time to do my roots. So, my lovely friend Adir (Abergel, hairstylist) said, ‘Why don’t we throw a Tiffany necklace or bracelet in there,'” she told People at the event.

The bracelet, costing around $15,000 (£11,500), contained approximately three carats worth of diamonds. Charlize also sported large diamond earrings, bracelets, and rings from the luxury brand.

And in a video posted on his Instagram page, celebrity hairstylist Adir shared a close-up of his handiwork, with it appearing that he had braided the 44-year-old’s hair down the middle, before sewing the bracelet in with thread to secure it.

“Thank you, everyone, for the overwhelming love and messages about this futuristic look. Here’s a closer look at how I attached that beautiful @tiffanyandco tennis bracelet. Shiny hair and diamonds can make anyone happy,” he commented.

Other celebrities to opt for lots of sparkle at the 2020 SAG Awards included Jennifer Lopez, who teamed her elegant Georges Hobeika gown with a beautiful diamond necklace from Harry Winston, Reese Witherspoon, who rocked a one-shoulder crystal-studded Celine dress, and Dakota Fanning, who positively sparkled in a heavily sequined seafoam green Valentino creation.

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Charlize Theron overcome with emotion watching Megyn Kelly’s reaction to Bombshell

Charlize Theron was overcome with emotion when she watched a video of Megyn Kelly reacting to her portrayal of the news anchor in Bombshell.The Monster actress played the American journalist in the biographical movie, which she also co-produced, about …

Charlize Theron was overcome with emotion when she watched a video of Megyn Kelly reacting to her portrayal of the news anchor in Bombshell.

The Monster actress played the American journalist in the biographical movie, which she also co-produced, about the sexual harassment scandal surrounding former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Megyn informed investigators she had been one of the victims of late chairman’s inappropriate behaviour before he was fired from his role in 2016, and she recently revealed that watching her real-life story come alive onscreen in Bombshell made her tear up.

“I do wish I had done more, even though I was powerless… what if I had thrown myself on the fire back then?” the former Fox News reporter reflected in a tearful Instagram video last week.

And after watching Megyn’s video confession, Charlize admitted she was “incredibly emotional”.

“I felt that that was an incredibly sincere moment from Megyn,” the 44-year-old told Deadline. “It hit me really deep. I felt something really real in her saying that.”

The Oscar-winning actress explained she was very moved that Megyn acknowledged she may have been able to do more to help fellow victims.

“We (as women) shouldn’t even be in that situation in the first place,” the leading lady declared. “We want more than that. We want a world where that’s not even asked. Where we are not even in that situation where we have to choose what we’re going to do in the first place. And I just don’t think that is too much to ask. I think that is a human right that we should all have.”

Bombshell received three nominations for the upcoming Oscars on Monday, with Charlize earning a Best Actress nod for her role as Megyn and co-star Margot Robbie being recognised in the Best Supporting Actress category.

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Anne Hathaway dazzles in gold at 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

Anne Hathaway made her red carpet return at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.The Oscar-winning actress, who quietly welcomed her second child with husband Adam Shulman late last year, wowed the crowd in a gold sequin gown with a plunging…

Anne Hathaway made her red carpet return at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.

The Oscar-winning actress, who quietly welcomed her second child with husband Adam Shulman late last year, wowed the crowd in a gold sequin gown with a plunging neckline from Versace.

Anne teamed her outfit with Alexandre Birman high heels, Messika jewellery, and a Judith Leiber purse, and took to the stage during the ceremony to present the Best Actor prize to Joaquin Phoenix for his performance in Joker. She was also nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television for her role in Modern Love.

Taking to Instagram before the ceremony, Anne posted a mirror selfie in which she showed off her glittering outfit, along with the caption: “Welcome back xx.”

The post quickly racked up thousands of likes and comments, with Camila McConaughey writing, “Looooove!!!!” and Anne’s Ocean’s 8 co-star Mindy Kaling exclaiming, “ANNIE.”

Neither Anne nor Adam has confirmed the birth of their second child, a sibling for their three-year-old son Jonathan. However, the couple was spotted carrying a baby seat while out and about in Connecticut in mid-December.

Meanwhile, other stars to make a splash at the Critics’ Choice Awards included Zendaya, who turned heads in a hot pink Tom Ford ensemble and Christian Louboutin stilettos, Jennifer Lopez, who rocked a nude Georges Hobeika dress and Harry Winston bling, as well as Charlize Theron, who opted for a silver sequin Celine gown and blazer.

Shades of orange were a big trend on the night too, with Laura Dern sporting a tangerine Emilia Wickstead gown, Alison Brie choosing an orange Brandon Maxwell dress, and Rachel Brosnahan stepping out in a Carolina Herrera dress in a similar colour.

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