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Blood, Sweat and Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road

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There’s a new hot story on the block and it’s about the making of this epic, action-packed adventure film. The amazing thing the book reveals is that the making of the movie was almost as dramatic and exciting as the film itself.

Author Kyle Buchanan has collected together the extraordinary stories and put them all in one place. The book is published by Harper Collins and is called “Blood Sweat and Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road.”

The film won six Oscars including Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. Those awards certainly paint the scene of a visual and audio spectacular. It was so much more than that though and the book tells the behind the camera stories.

The making of this modern classic saw the visionary director, George Miller, beset by wild obstacles. He had so much to overcome to mount one of the most difficult shoots in the history of Hollywood. The blurb for the book says that it is a miracle that the film even made it to the screen or that anybody survived the production.

The Mad Max Franchise

This was the fourth film in the Mad Max franchise, and its success brings the franchise back to life after many years. Avid fans can now get a taste of the action on the Mad Max video game as well as the Mad Max Fury Road scratch that is available to play at many online casinos, such as 888 Casino.

The prequel “Furiosa” is also reportedly set to begin shooting in Australia very soon, with Anya Taylor-Joy confirmed to play the lead character.

The three original films starred Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky in a post-apocalyptic world. They were made in the late seventies and early eighties. When George Miller decided to resurrect the story more than thirty years later, he probably didn’t envisage the scale of the task ahead of him when making Mad Max: Fury Road.

Production of the film came to a total standstill on several occasions as the stars Tom Hardy (now playing Max Rockatansky) and Charlize Theron (Imperator Furioza) clashed repeatedly on screen and behind the scenes.

While Hardy played the titular character, for most viewers, the star of the film was Furiosa. In a plot twist fit for our times, she turns against the villainous warlord and frees his many concubines.

Filmed in the Namib Desert

Shot in the world’s oldest desert, the Namib Desert, the conditions were brutal. Miller’s production crew engineered death-defying scenes that were among some of the most dangerous action scenes that have ever been captured on film.

Accomplished Hollywood director Steven Soderberg said about the film,

“I just watched Mad Max: Fury Road again last week, and I tell you I couldn’t direct 30 seconds of that. I’d put a gun in my mouth. I don’t understand how [George Miller] does that, I really don’t, and it’s my job to understand it. I don’t understand two things: Even more, I don’t understand how they’re not still shooting that film and I don’t understand how hundreds of people aren’t dead.”

If you want to find out how it was achieved Kyle Buchanan’s book takes the reader through all the steps involved in the movie-making process in vivid detail. He reports stories from behind the shoot are unconventional and astonishing.

It appears that the film’s fantasy world escaped into the real world and found its way into the cast and crew. Before that, he describes an outlandish casting experience and tells us of big-studio battles that almost brought things to an end before they ever started.

The cast and crew had to have faith in Miller’s mad vision for this epic film. They found themselves fighting and surviving in their very own wasteland which was the set.

It appeared that Miller had almost everything stacked against him but somehow pulled it out of the bag. Buchanan’s book has hundreds of exclusive interviews from the cast and the production team and is an eye-opening read. It is available at all good booksellers.

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