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Things You Didn't Know About The 'Mad Max' Movies

Updated July 13, 2020 4.6m views37 items

The original Mad Max trilogy did a whole lot in the way of action movies. It redefined the chase scene, brought a very specific style to the mainstream (inspiring not just post-apocalyptic movies for years to come, but fashion and the Burner culture as well), and introduced the world to Mel Gibson. Without it we likely wouldn't have had Lethal Weapon, or possibly any '80s action movies. Mad Max was one of the most influential action movies ever, and 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road continued the legacy.

Read on to learn about what went on behind the scenes of Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

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  • People Upset About Tom Hardy's Lack Of Dialogue Don't Remember The Original Trilogy

    Mel Gibson only had 16 lines of dialogue in the entire second film (and not many more in the first). Two of them were: "I only came for the gasoline."
  • One Of The Biggest Stunts In 'Mad Max 2' Is Actually An Accident Caught On Camera

    One Of The Biggest Stunts In 'Mad Max 2' Is Actually An Accident Caught On Camera
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    According to trivia book Movie Mavericks by Jon Sandys, one of the more spectacular stunts in the second movie was actually a serious accident. One of the motorcycle-riding raiders hits a car, flies off the bike, smashes his legs against the car, and cartwheels through the air towards the camera.

    This was a real, genuine accident: the stuntman was supposed to fly over the car without hitting it. But the near-fatal incident looked so dramatic that it was kept in the movie. The stuntman broke his leg badly, but survived. (If you look at the stuntman's body frame-by-frame through his cartwheels, you can see that one of his legs is bending at a slightly unnatural angle around the knee.)

  • Toe Cutter In The Very First 'Mad Max' Is Now Immortan Joe

     

    Hugh Keays-Byrne, who plays Toecutter in Mad Max, went on to play Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road.

     

  • If It Weren't For Conflict In Namibia We Could Have Had A Movie With Max And His Son, Played by Heath Ledger

    Miller's first try at reviving the franchise occurred in 2003, and he even confirmed that Heath Ledger had signed up to co-star alongside Mel Gibson. That version was to begin shooting in Namibia, but in 2003, with the prospect of the impending Iraq invasion ahead, 20th Century Fox postponed the production, which led to its eventual death.