Sam Worthington is Mad he’s Not Mad … Max

Okay, so maybe he’s not actually mad about not being Mad Max in George Miller’s upcoming “Mad Max 4: Fury Road”, but he is a little shock that he wasn’t even asked about the role by ol Georgie. Being that, you know, Mad Max is Australian, will be shot in Australia, and Sam Worthington is currently Australia’s Golden Boy, it would seem like a natural fit. Not so much, because Miller has since hired British actor Tom Hardy (“Bronson”) to play a younger Mel Gibson in the sequel, set for a 2011 release.

Worthington tells The Telegraph about being passed up for the role:

“Like [fellow Australian actor] Eric (Bana), I’ve never been approached… I would have loved it. From what I’ve heard, it’s going to be amazing… I’m sure (director) George (Miller) has his reasons. He’s obviously got his own ideas about the type of guy he wants.”

When you think about it, considering that Worthington has been attached to every big Hollywood movie at one point or another since 2007, it’s mind-boggling that George Miller never once considered him for Mad Max. Chances are, Worthington probably grew up with the role, and would have said Yes almost immediately.

In any case, Tom Hardy is your new Mad Max. It’s not an altogether bad choice, considering the actor’s incredible transformation for “Bronson”. If he goes all method in “Fury Road”, as he probably will, it could be a pretty good time.

Everybody wants to be the Max. But there is only one Max. Chumps.

Everybody wants to be the Max. But there is only one Max. Chumps.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I woulda dug Worthington as Max, but Hardy is gonna kill it.

    • lou

      Theres only one Mad Max and that’s MEL! End of story!

  • Dedpool

    I woulda dug Worthington as Max, but Hardy is gonna kill it.

    • lou

      Theres only one Mad Max and that’s MEL! End of story!

  • http://www.twitter.com/CirenzSonG Loc

    I found the Older Mad Max Trilogy to be kinda Lame, after watching it again Recently, I don’t know, maybe I’ll feeL a LiL’ differently once I watch the Trilogy Marathon again tonight or tomorrow, whenever it’s on AMC…Pssssh, some parts are SO cheesy, I hope George ramps up the Seriousness without going cheesy over-the-top or at least, not like the First Mad Max…SO EMO…Good God…I couldn’t Stand it…This Bronson guy sounds good though…

    Seriously, maybe it’s just the dated Look, but it somehow feeLS wooden…

    I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t Relate to MeL as Max…

    Anyhow, hopefully, the Cinematography will be much Improved…

    Seriously, there were some ExceLLENT Moments, in the OriginaL Trilogy, but just that, just a handful…

    • lou

      Without Mel Gibson there would be no Mad Max! The guy is an Icon and put Australia on the map. These movies didnt have the special effects like they do today. Just like the star wars movies but clearly the originals were much better than the new ones. I think the only reason Ill see the new Mad Max movie is cuz of Charlize Theron! They should have called it Mad Maxien!

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        No one is denying that. But denying the fact the man is too old to play the part in such an action packed movie, even when the actor himself says so is just fanboy denial. Yes I am a fanboy, and yes I’d love to see my old heroes do one more movie as their iconic character (Loved Rocky Balboa, and Rambo and even liked Crystal Skull ) but sometimes it just doesn’t work Granted a gritty older Mel as Max going on one last crazy adventure would be interesting, but I think it would end up being silly (like Crystal Skull) and would take away from the experience. I think a good way to please fanboys would be to go the young indiana jones route. Harrison ford appeared in the intial episode i beleive as an older Indy. Do the same with Max. Have Mel bokend the film and have him narrate.

        • lou

          You make a good point! I see where your coming from. Just growing up and watching and loving the Mad Max films it’s just kind of hard to see someone else play the role. I’m sure it will be good. But not as good as the originals

  • http://www.twitter.com/CirenzSonG Loc

    I found the Older Mad Max Trilogy to be kinda Lame, after watching it again Recently, I don’t know, maybe I’ll feeL a LiL’ differently once I watch the Trilogy Marathon again tonight or tomorrow, whenever it’s on AMC…Pssssh, some parts are SO cheesy, I hope George ramps up the Seriousness without going cheesy over-the-top or at least, not like the First Mad Max…SO EMO…Good God…I couldn’t Stand it…This Bronson guy sounds good though…

    Seriously, maybe it’s just the dated Look, but it somehow feeLS wooden…

    I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t Relate to MeL as Max…

    Anyhow, hopefully, the Cinematography will be much Improved…

    Seriously, there were some ExceLLENT Moments, in the OriginaL Trilogy, but just that, just a handful…

    • lou

      Without Mel Gibson there would be no Mad Max! The guy is an Icon and put Australia on the map. These movies didnt have the special effects like they do today. Just like the star wars movies but clearly the originals were much better than the new ones. I think the only reason Ill see the new Mad Max movie is cuz of Charlize Theron! They should have called it Mad Maxien!

      • Dedpool

        No one is denying that. But denying the fact the man is too old to play the part in such an action packed movie, even when the actor himself says so is just fanboy denial. Yes I am a fanboy, and yes I’d love to see my old heroes do one more movie as their iconic character (Loved Rocky Balboa, and Rambo and even liked Crystal Skull ) but sometimes it just doesn’t work Granted a gritty older Mel as Max going on one last crazy adventure would be interesting, but I think it would end up being silly (like Crystal Skull) and would take away from the experience. I think a good way to please fanboys would be to go the young indiana jones route. Harrison ford appeared in the intial episode i beleive as an older Indy. Do the same with Max. Have Mel bokend the film and have him narrate.

        • lou

          You make a good point! I see where your coming from. Just growing up and watching and loving the Mad Max films it’s just kind of hard to see someone else play the role. I’m sure it will be good. But not as good as the originals

  • Sugar Tits

    Probably just as well Worthington is not in this.
    He’s in too goddamn much already.
    Does he work really cheap or something?
    I just don’t think he’s that good an actor.
    Check out his Aussie films and TV and you’ll see what I mean.

  • Sugar Tits

    Probably just as well Worthington is not in this.
    He’s in too goddamn much already.
    Does he work really cheap or something?
    I just don’t think he’s that good an actor.
    Check out his Aussie films and TV and you’ll see what I mean.