Chris Hemsworth in Titanic Duel with Anya Taylor-Joy in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Chris Hemsworth in Titanic Duel with Anya Taylor-Joy in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Chris Hemsworth in Titanic Duel with Anya Taylor-Joy in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, co-starring Chris Hemsworth as the messianic figure Dementus and Anya Taylor-Joy as the equally driven Furiosa, rocked the worldwide box office with almost $60 million in receipts when it opened, and with solid reviews.

One critic wrote: “…employing Christian iconography and Arthurian legend to craft an entrancing story that still manages to surprise, even if we already know of the bleak future it’s guiding us toward. It’s simply one of the best prequels ever made.”


We caught up with Aussie Chris Hemsworth, who has similarly rocked the Marvel Universe as Thor, to talk about appearing in an iconic Aussie franchise, and as a villain, this time.

With origins in Australia, what was it like being part of this iconic Mad Max franchise?

The Mad Max franchise is special to us Australians. Americans have Star Wars. The Brits have Harry Potter. But this franchise has been around for 45 years, I grew up watching the earlier movies with my family. And, it was a personal pinnacle to work with director George Miller, who created the franchise. I had to pinch myself, that I was actually doing a Mad Max film.


What was the challenge of taking on a villainous role in Mad Max?

Playing the hero has certain expectations, and you got to play by rules. I really changed it up playing a villain and it was a lot of fun. So, here I’m playing a murderous psychopath, and I tried to tap into the joy of breaking rules when you’re a kid, letting your imagination run wild. So, it was awesome to play a character who’s allowed to break the rules. It was refreshing to try on a different guise.

Your stuntman says if you weren’t one of the top actors, you could be one of the top stuntmen?

My stuntman, Bobby (Holland Hanton) is a lovely guy, but he does all the hard stuff and makes me look good. At the end of the day, he gets injured and I don’t. He says his memory is shot because he lands on his head for a living. I love the guy like a brother, and we’ve done over 15 movies together.

Why did you get into acting?

My goal when getting into acting was that I wanted to transform and transport into other worlds, to be part of an adventure. And with Mad Max, it was that sort of adventure to the furthest extent. I was in the makeup chair for 3-4 hours, then when you look into the mirror you don’t recognize the face looking back at you. Now, that is the type of transformation I dreamed of.

What did you learn on the series, “Limitless with Chris Hemsworth,” a mission to discover how we can live longer and better?

There were challenges to conquer fear, another to fast for four days. But, the cold-water immersion into the Arctic really was an eye-opener. I jumped in, started swimming, and I got this initial hit of adrenaline. But then I felt the most extreme pain, and dizziness. I needed help getting out of the water. But, then I never felt the endorphin kick and elation than after the swim. I felt serene and peaceful, and an overwhelming joy—I learned that any time you achieve something in the face of adversity, you can achieve extreme joy and peace. A surge of positive emotion.

What are some implications for us regular folk?

There’s compelling evidence that even a cold shower can benefit us, that it can give us a huge endorphin kick. Yes, getting into an ice bath is brutal, but when you get out, you will get an instant surge of energy.


Check out author Ashley Jude Collie’s new cops and gangsters book, Harlem to Hollywood, and buy it on Amazon, worldwide.

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  • Mason Lee

    Chris Hemsworth as a villain in Furiosa? That sounds amazing! Excited to see his performance. Will see if he is a better villain than a hero.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Mason Lee

    Mason, it's interesting how many actors say playing a villain is not only more challenging, but also fun. That the villain doesn't think he's a villain, it's just how he/she is! Cheers.

  • Taylor Russell

    I've always loved the Mad Max series. Hemsworth and Taylor-Joy seem like a great addition to the franchise. Both actors are very talented.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Taylor Russell

    Hope you enjoy, thanks for reading. Cheers

  • Jackie Dawson

    Furiosa will exceed expectations ! It's refreshing to hear Chris talk about the joy of playing a villain. It must be a nice change from his heroic roles !

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Jackie Dawson

    Villains often have a richer background to dig into for actors. Cheers

  • Mark L

    As an Aussie, it's fantastic to see one of our own in such an iconic Australian series. Go Chris!!!!!

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Mark L

    Mark, he was truly over the moon when he met with legendary Mad Max creator/director, George Miller. Cheers

  • Jimmy Adams

    This movie was incredibly good....

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Jimmy Adams

    Hey, Jimmy, what did you enjoy the most beyond the visuals? Cheers

  • Ray Howard

    The combination of Christian iconography and Arthurian legend in Furiosa sounds intriguing. Can't wait to see how they weave it into the story.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Ray Howard

    Keep us posted on what you think of the movie, Ray. Cheers

  • Sammy Johnson

    The health and endurance insights are truly fascinating

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Sammy Johnson

    You can see clips of Limitless on YouTube. And try an icebath! Cheers

  • Aiden G

    The Mad Max movies always have the best action scenes. With Chris Hemsworth on board, I'm expecting it to be even more epic!

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Aiden G

    Anya does pretty well, too. Rock 'em sock 'em, Aiden! Cheers

  • Reed Anderson

    The behind-the-scenes tidbits about the makeup and transformation are so interesting. It's amazing what actors go through for their roles.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Reed Anderson

    Thanks, Reed. But read my story on Jude Law getting into Henry VIII mode, finding his "pain" to help realize the role. Cheers

  • Oliver Thomas

    Great interview! I appreciate how Chris Hemsworth explains the process and the physical challenges he faces. This movie is definitely on my must-watch list! I'll watch it next week-end !

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Oliver Thomas

    Thanks for commenting, Oliver. The actors give us our money's worth. Cheers

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Ashley Jude Collie

Entertainment Expert

Ashley is an award-winning journalist/author/blogger who has written for Playboy, Toronto Star, Movie Entertainment, Sports Illustrated, Maclean's and others. He's interviewed various "leaders" in their fields, including: Oscar winners (Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander, Jane Fonda, Mira Sorvino, Geena Davis, Anthony Hopkins); Grammy winners (Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Ice Cube, Pete Townshend); MVPs in sports (Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Wayne Gretzky, Kobe Bryant); and, business leaders (Amazon's Jeff Bezos). He has an upcoming novel, REJEX, coming out on Pulp Hero Press. And he has written several episodic TV shows, appeared on CNN, and blogged for Mademan, Medium, GritDaily and HuffPost.

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