The original Mad Max trilogy did a whole lot in the way of action movies. It redefined the chase scene, it 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 it introduced the world to Mel Gibson. Without it we'd never have had Lethal Weapon, or really any '80s action movies. Mad Max was one of the most influential action movies ever, and 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road will continue the legacy.
We've decided to take a look back at some interesting Mad Max facts from the original trilogy as well as looking forward to the 2015 Tom Hardy reimagining as well. With all the original Mad Max films did for Hollywood and movies on the whole, who knows what the Mad Max reboot will accomplish?Read on to learn about what went on behind the scenes on Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome and be sure to upvote the coolest Mad Max trivia below!
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.)