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

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HarperCollins, Feb 22, 2022 - Performing Arts - 384 pages
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A full-speed-ahead oral history of the nearly two-decade making of the cultural phenomenon Mad Max: Fury Road—with more than 130 new interviews with key members of the cast and crew, including Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, and director George Miller, from the pop culture reporter for The New York Times, Kyle Buchanan.

It won six Oscars and has been hailed as the greatest action film ever, but it is a miracle Mad Max: Fury Road ever made it to the screen… or that anybody survived the production. The story of this modern classic spanned nearly two decades of wild obstacles as visionary director George Miller tried to mount one of the most difficult shoots in Hollywood history.

Production stalled several times, stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron clashed repeatedly in the brutal Namib Desert, and Miller’s crew engineered death-defying action scenes that were among the most dangerous ever committed to film. Even accomplished Hollywood figures are flummoxed by the accomplishment: As the director Steven Soderbergh has said, “I don’t understand how they’re not still shooting that film, and I don’t understand how hundreds of people aren’t dead.”

Kyle Buchanan takes readers through every step of that moviemaking experience in vivid detail, from Fury Road’s unexpected origins through its outlandish casting process to the big-studio battles that nearly mutilated a masterpiece. But he takes the deepest dive in reporting the astonishing facts behind a shoot so unconventional that the film’s fantasy world began to bleed into the real lives of its cast and crew. As they fought and endured in a wasteland of their own, the only way forward was to have faith in their director’s mad vision. But how could Miller persevere when almost everything seemed to be stacked against him?

With hundreds of exclusive interviews and details about the making of Fury Road, readers will be left with one undeniable conclusion: There has never been a movie so drenched in sweat, so forged by fire, and so epic in scope.


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Authors Note
Eyewitness Accounts of Those Who Survived
Everyone in the Old World Had a Show
Who Killed the World?
Where Are You Max?
Pick Up What You Can and
We Were Basically Defeated
Preparing for
Dudes Were Coming in Through the Roof
Fire and Blood
Some Furious Vexation
Spent and Enriched
End of the Road
If You Cant Fix Whats Broken
Thats Not a Mad Max Ending
The Final Battle

My Name Is
It Was All in Georges Head
Figuring Out Furiosa
Out Here Everything Hurts
All Hail the Immortan
The Last Great Action Film
The War Party
Shiny and Chrome
We Are Not Things
The Many Mothers
What Was Lost
Some Kind of Redemption
Awaited in Valhalla
Nothing Good Comes Easy
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