Mad Max: Fury Road, is hailed by many movie fans as one of the best films of the 2010s. But imagine the chaos if Eminem had been cast as Max. Believe it or not, it nearly happened.
The revelation about Eminem was unveiled in the behind-the-scenes book Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road. In a detailed excerpt from Vulture, the competition among A-listers for the role of Max was analyzed.
Alongside Slim Shady, the outlet noted contenders such as Michael Fassbender and the late Heath Ledger. Petrina Hull, a production and development executive, also acknowledged the fans’ desire for Sam Worthington to assume the role. Of course, Mel Gibson first portrayed the character in the “Mad Max” trilogy, which began in 1979.
How ‘8 Mile’ Nearly Led to Eminem Becoming Mad Max
When it comes to Eminem, director George Miller developed a deep interest in the rap icon after witnessing him in 8 Mile. Storyboard artist Mark Sexton even took it a step further. “This is something I don’t hear about very much and that George never admits, but I have a very, very, very strong memory of George talking about Eminem for Max,” Sexton recalled.
Sexton remembers creating storyboards that featured a striking resemblance to the rapper. “[I] got brought back in to redraw a bunch of storyboards in March 2007 and do a bunch of cut-and-pastes to put blond hair on Max,” the artist said.
“We did get in touch with [Eminem], though,” Mad Max series director George Miller admitted. However, one major detail derailed the idea almost immediately.
“That’s as far as it went. We were going to shoot it in Australia at that point. He simply didn’t want to leave home,” Miller recalled. “I think he had the impression that if he could do it out of his home state, then he’d be up for it.”
Eventually, Miller and company found the right actor who was also willing to travel for the part. Of course, Tom Hardy went on to play Mad Max with stoic intensity.
Sexton expressed his relief that the casting didn’t come to fruition. He believed that if Eminem had been cast, it would have altered the overall essence of the feminist narrative in Mad Max: Fury Road. A spin-off film, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is set to drop later this year. Reportedly, Slim Shady does not make an appearance.
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