Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller said he originally wanted to cast Eminem in the lead role

Eminem almost starred in Mad Max: Fury Road.

The director’s 2017 hit movie George Miller star Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky, a drifter and survivor in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

The story behind the film’s production is the subject of a new book titled Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road via New York Times journalist Kyle Buchanan.

In an excerpt published by The vultureIt has been revealed that the casting of the lead roles is for Hardy, Armie Hammer and Marvel star Jeremy Renner.

However, before that, top Hollywood actors such as Michael Fassbender, Joel Kinnaman, Heath Ledger and Eric Bana also competed for the role.

However, one unexpected name that was tapped to star in the lead was Eminem.

Miller — who also directed the original 1979 film starring Mel Gibson — told Buchanan he was interested in casting Eminem long before Hardy joined the conversation.

In 2002, the Grammy Award winner made his acting debut in 8 milesa film based on his early life as an aspiring rapper in Detroit.

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star in Mad Max: Fury Road

(Warner Bros Promotion)

He said he talked to Eminem’s 8 miles co-star, the late Brittany Murphy, about the rapper’s casting ability and “she has no qualms about saying what an amazing talent he is”.

Miller said he had contacted Eminem but “it went this far because we were shooting in Australia at the time, and he simply didn’t want to leave the house”.

“I think he got the impression that if he could do it in his own home, he’d be ready for it,” the filmmaker said.


Mad Max: Fury Road was shot primarily in Namibia, with filming also taking place at studios in South Africa and Sydney.

Elsewhere in the passage, Buchanan wrote that Hardy spit on Armie Hammer during his audition for the role.

The film – which also stars Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult – was a huge hit with fans and critics alike.

A prequel film, titled Furiosa and starring Anya Taylor-Joy, was released on June 28, 2023.

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Tom Vazquez

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