'When I watch Mad Max I can see my own pain in it' - Charlize Theron on gruelling, 'relentless' shoot
Charlize Theron blazes a trail in Mad Max: Fury Road as Furiosa, a badass commander, but the actress has revealed the shoot was "relentless".
Prior to heading to Namibia and Australia to film for four and a half months, she trained to build up a suitably muscular upper body.
"I'm not a fan of scrawny little girls pretending to kick butt in movies; I just don’t buy it," she told The Telegraph.
"And I hate those moments in movies where the tiniest little arms are hitting a guy who is four times her size and we are supposed to believe it.
"Because I have such broad shoulders and a broad back, other than toning, I don’t usually want to enhance my upper body, but obviously on this movie I did."
The actress revealed that by the end of the shoot she could "bench press a lot, but I probably could not walk up a flight of stairs" because she hadn't trained her lower body.
"I was a little bit like Popeye - just weird strong muscles here and nothing down there.”
Mad Mad: Fury Road is set in a post-apocalyptic future where fuel and water are precious, finite resources. The flick stars Tom Hardy in the title role.
Throughout filming, Charlize was commuting two hours a day and training for at least an hour a day, which was, she says, "exhausting" and "relentless".
"It was definitely the hardest thing that I ever had to do in 20 years,” she said, “because it was so long and there were days where you just wanted a break but you couldn’t because you were in it all the time.
"So when I watch the movie, I can see my own pain in it."
Mad Max: Fury Road opens in Ireland on Friday May 15.