Charlize Theron: ‘Actresses don’t usually get a second chance with action films’

Charlize Theron says action is “not a very forgiving genre” and actresses who appear in flops are unlikely to get a second chance.The Oscar winner may be known as an action star these days, thanks to her roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde a…

Charlize Theron says action is “not a very forgiving genre” and actresses who appear in flops are unlikely to get a second chance.

The Oscar winner may be known as an action star these days, thanks to her roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde and new flick The Old Guard, but her first action outing, Æon Flux, underperformed in 2005 and she waited 10 years before getting another chance with Fury Road.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Charlize stated that Hollywood won’t touch an actress for another action movie once they’ve starred in a flop, whereas that isn’t the case for the opposite sex.

“Unfortunately, the very sad truth of any film in the genre with a female lead, when they don’t succeed, there is this mindset of, ‘Well, if it doesn’t work, you just don’t touch it again,’” she said. “A lot of women don’t get a second chance, but when men make these movies and fail miserably, they get chance after chance after chance to go and explore that again.

“If you look at me, for instance, Fury Road came a good decade after Æon Flux, and there’s always been that voice in the back of my head that still somewhat responds to that… It’s unfortunate that we feel like the opportunity will be taken away from us in a heartbeat if we don’t succeed, but that is the truth. It’s not a very forgiving genre when it comes to women.”

Charlize, who also produced 2017’s Atomic Blonde and The Old Guard, which debuted on Netflix this month, admitted that doing so many action films close together means she picks up fight choreography quicker.

“It’s always a little overwhelming that first month in the gym, and you worry that it’s not going to come back,” she explained. “I think that connection between the brain and the body doesn’t go away; you just have to wake it up again.”

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Charlize Theron ‘heartbroken’ about Furiosa recasting

Charlize Theron has called being replaced by a young actor for the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel “a little heartbreaking”. Filmmaker George Miller confirmed in May that he was pushing ahead with a spin-off centred around Theron’s character Imperator Furi…

Charlize Theron has called being replaced by a young actor for the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel “a little heartbreaking”.

Filmmaker George Miller confirmed in May that he was pushing ahead with a spin-off centred around Theron’s character Imperator Furiosa, but he ruled out using de-ageing technology on his leading lady and decided to look for a younger actress to take over the role instead.

The Oscar winner has now admitted that she was disappointed when she learned she would not be involved in the Furiosa movie.

“It’s a tough one to swallow. Listen, I fully respect George, if not more so in the aftermath of making Fury Road with him. He’s a master, and I wish him nothing but the best,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

“Yeah, it’s a little heartbreaking, for sure. I really love that character, and I’m so grateful that I had a small part in creating her. She will forever be someone I think of and reflect on fondly. Obviously, I would love to see that story continue, and if he feels like he has to go about it this way, then I trust him in that manner. We get so hung up on the smaller details that we forget the thing that we emotionally tap into has nothing to do with that minute thing that we’re focusing on.”

Actresses including Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy are rumoured to be in the running for the part.

However, the 44-year-old may play Furiosa again – her Fury Road co-star Tom Hardy previously revealed there are plans for him to star in another two Mad Max films, and Theron has stated she’d return for another sequel if Miller directs.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has fewer breakouts after ditching make-up in lockdown

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is relieved to be experiencing fewer breakouts after ditching make-up during lockdown.The 33-year-old model is currently self-isolating at her home in Los Angeles with partner Jason Statham and their two-year-old son Jack amid…

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is relieved to be experiencing fewer breakouts after ditching make-up during lockdown.

The 33-year-old model is currently self-isolating at her home in Los Angeles with partner Jason Statham and their two-year-old son Jack amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and she has revealed her skin is thanking her for taking a break from wearing heavy cosmetics.

“It’s been really nice not to wear make-up for weeks and to see how it has affected my skin. It’s much clearer and I have fewer spots,” she told Allure magazine. “I’ve had time to be diligent with my skin-care.”

And the British star confessed she’s not been able to indulge in a luxurious bath or face mask, thanks to her busy schedule with her toddler son.

“There’s definitely no putting a face mask on in the middle of the day. I tried it the other day, and Jack was shocked. He told me to take it off right away: ‘What’s on your face, mama, take it off I don’t like it!'” Rosie laughed.

And the Mad Max: Fury Road star said her biggest takeaway from being in lockdown has been taking care of her physical wellbeing.

“My self-care routine, in general, is exercise. That’s where I start everything,” she explained, noting that she and Jason have cleared out their garage to make room for a temporary gym.

“I train normally with (fitness expert) Simone De La Rue. I’ve been using her app to do a workout, every day actually. I have no excuse!” she added.

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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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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: ‘I do not have perfect skin’

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has candidly spoken about her ongoing battle with acne.The British model previously suffered from the common skin condition when she was younger but managed to keep it under control after doing endless research into what produ…

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has candidly spoken about her ongoing battle with acne.

The British model previously suffered from the common skin condition when she was younger but managed to keep it under control after doing endless research into what products she needed to use in order to get rid of the congestion.

“For me, skincare is where it all starts. But I want to be really clear: I do not have perfect skin,” she told People magazine. “It’s like research for me. I’m very invested in learning as much as I can about skincare.”

Rosie is a devotee of luxury skincare brand iS CLINICAL, as it doesn’t include any compounds that will irritate her sensitive complexion.

“I have this list of ingredients that really, really inflame acne or congest the skin. It’s like my Bible,” the 32-year-old shared. “No product comes close to my skin if it’s got comedogenic properties or ingredients in it.”

However, Rosie stopped using the high-end products when she was pregnant.

“I had flawless skin throughout my pregnancy, so I sort of deviated away from using an (iS CLINICAL) product I had been using for years,” she explained.

Rosie and her actor fiance Jason Statham welcomed son Jack in 2017. Yet, the blonde beauty soon discovered that her acne was returning.

“I couldn’t figure out what was going on. So, I went back and started to use iS CLINICAL exclusively again and not only saw my skin change within a matter of days, but it’s better than ever,” the star insisted.

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Nicholas Hoult defends Tolkien biopic after family’s criticism

Nicholas Hoult has defended his upcoming biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien after the late author’s family distanced themselves from it. The Mad Max: Fury Road actor portrays The Lord of the Rings writer in the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien, which explore…

Nicholas Hoult has defended his upcoming biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien after the late author’s family distanced themselves from it.

The Mad Max: Fury Road actor portrays The Lord of the Rings writer in the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien, which explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Days before the film’s London premiere on Monday (29Apr19), the Tolkien family and estate issued a statement declaring that they didn’t endorse or approve of the project, and Hoult has now responded by defending the film on the red carpet.

“I think it’s been done very respectfully, as a fan. It’s story that stands alone,” he told the Press Association. “Such a remarkable life – his relationships, what he endured in World War One. What inspired him, hopefully, it will inspire new audiences now.”

According to London’s Evening Standard, Hoult also said he believed Tolkien’s great-grandson was attending the premiere and hoped he would like the film, which he described as “respectful and honourable”.

Director Dome Karukoski added that before the premiere, none of Tolkien’s relatives had watched their film, and offered to talk it through with them.

“It is a labour of love. It is done with respect and admiration for the professor. It’s a dramatic, beautiful, cinematic tale. It feels odd that a storyteller wouldn’t want that on the screen,” he said. “I have offered to sit with the estate and talk, and explain why some artistic choices have been made. It’s a tricky one, but I would just love to watch the film with them.”

Lily Collins, who portrays Tolkien’s partner Edith Bratt in the film, added that the author’s fans should know the man behind the books, which also include The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.

The original statement read, “The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorise or participate in the making of this film… They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”

Tolkien hits cinemas from Friday.

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