George Miller: Mel Gibson's out of place for Mad Max sequels

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 June 2015
George Miller, Tom Hardy, Mel Gibson

George Miller, Tom Hardy, Mel Gibson 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Premiere

'Mad Max: Fury Road' director George Miller has said although Mel Gibson is a "good" actor, he would be "difficult" to cast in the sequels to the film

George Miller thinks it would be "difficult" to cast Mel Gibson in 'Mad Max' sequels because he'd look "out of place".

The 70-year-old director watched the premiere of his new movie alongside the 59-year-old actor - who was the original 'Mad Max' in 1979 - in Los Angeles, but he doesn't think Mel will reappear in the movie franchise.

Asked if he was to feature in the sequels, George said: "We watched 'Mad Max: Fury Road' premiere together in LA. Mel said that it is an amazing film.

"However, [having] Mel star in the sequels is like Sean Connery star in Daniel Craig's James Bond film. It might be out of place. It would be difficult."

On whether cinemagoers can expect sequels to 'Mad Max: Fury Road', George said: "We have two other stories but it's too early to ask. I feel like a woman who is giving birth to a big baby and it's like asking if you want to have another baby straight away, not yet."

Speaking on the red carpet on Japanese TV, George also revealed the film was mostly influenced by "Japanese anime".

He said: "When the first Mad Max came out people said he was like a samurai with a car ... When you see 'Mad Max: Fury Road', it's very influenced particularly by Japanese anime."

Mad Max: Fury Road

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US / Australia
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: George Miller
  • Written by: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
  • UK release: 15 May 2015

Reluctant hero Max (Hardy) is drawn into helping Imperator Furiosa (Theron, excellent), who's liberated a group of sexually enslaved women and is being pursued for her trouble by the grotesque Immortan Joe (Keays-Byrne). Precision-executed lunacy, a brilliantly feminist 'western on wheels' with a generous helping of heart.