'Mad Max: Fury Road' Takes Us Inside The Insane Production Process

"Everything you see in the film... it actually happened."

After years of frustrating filming setbacks and eager fan anticipation, viewers were finally gifted the "Mad Max: Fury Road" trailer last month -- and boy, was it worth the wait. But even though the footage contained insane body modifications, a zillion Bane masks and a flamethrower guitar, Nicholas Hoult -- who perhaps sports the most terrifying look of all -- told MTV News at CinemaCon on Tuesday (April 21) that it all became just another day at work on the film's Namibia set.

"It's kind of weird, now that things have been released and people are seeing images from it," Holt said. "Because I lived with it in the desert for six, seven months. It's kind of become very normal to me, in a way, the way I look in the film -- the way Charlize [Theron], Tom [Hardy], the vehicles they built... everything becomes quite normal, because you're living it. Then suddenly you step back and objectively look at it now when everyone else is looking at it and go, 'yeah, that's pretty nuts, actually.'"

Charlize Theron added that all of the balls to the wall insanity is what attracted her to George Miller's project in the first place.

"George set the bar really high," she explained. "He had a lot of years to think about it. He did not make it easy, but was very honest with us right up front what he wanted to achieve. I think that was part of what excited us all to want to be a part of it -- that it wasn't going to be some kind of just green screen, just do it kind of situation. We were really going to try to do something that made it a little harder, and trickier. We all had to dedicate a year of our lives to this, in the middle of what felt like a dirty ashtray."

And for Theron, that "dirty ashtray" environment was accompanied by a completely shaved head -- a look that the actress says inspired quite a lot of deliberation.

"The hair was kind of tricky," she continued. "Every time we tried to make the movie... it went from like, white albino... very angelic but striking, a little bit like Abbey Lee [Kershaw] in the movie, with the very white hair. Then when the movie didn't happen and we had more time to think about it, I didn't know how that woman would hide with the mechanics and meld in with the guys. Then one day I might have had two chardonnays and I just thought, 'just shave it.'"

This realism, from Theron's hair to the dozens of cars that were dragged to the Namibian desert and basically destroyed for the sake of cinema, made Hardy fall in love with the "Mad Max" universe.

"It's George's vision, and it's amazing," Hardy explained. "He's a genius. That's all come from his head... Everything you see in the film, whether it's sped up or slowed down or it's got a slight color tint to it, it actually happened."

... And if all goes according to plan, it just might happen again, and again, and again.

"He didn't come to the table with just one script, he had about three or four and novels, and all kinds of stuff," Hardy concluded. "He's been building worlds of information... he's introduced a new character, he's introduced new worlds, new tribes, he's re-introduced Max again. There's a rebirth, there. It's done in a way which is very layered, in a measure to allow it to evolve and to grow into many platforms, should it be taken onboard... I'm hoping, and I'm pretty sure it should be taken very well."

"Mad Max: Fury Road" hits theaters on May 15.

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