Females Are Bringing the Fury to “Mad Max: Fury Road”

In the 1979 version of “Mad Max,” Mel Gibson played a road warrior set on stopping a violent motorcycle gang in post-apocalyptic world. In the new reboot, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Tom Hardy portrays the road warrior. And this time, he’s joined by some powerful women along the way. 

Charlize Theron, who portrays Imperator Furiosa, is a force to be reckoned with. Donning a shaved head, a leather ensemble and a mechanical arm comprised of salvaged tools, Furiosa's look is intimidating, to say the least. Writer and director George Miller praised Theron for tackling the role with ferocious physicality. “She was the one who decided to shave her head. She wanted to play it absolutely authentically… if the apocalypse came, I’d really want her on my side.” 

In the movie, water is the most important resource, and it’s run by a tyrannical warlord. He treats women in horrible conditions and forces them to become sex slaves and wet nurses. Furiosa's goal is to liberate the warlord’s beautiful wives who are held captive. 

These characters are much more than damsels in distress. To ensure that, Miller recruited Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues,” to help give the captive wives a rich backstory, reports NPR. The writer and performer has worked with abused women and sex slaves around the world. 

"It was really a wonderful experience for me." she said. "[It was] a real honor to sit with those wonderful actors and talk about issues like how do you feel carrying a baby of someone who's raped you? What does it mean to be held captive by a warlord who is using you as a breeder and raping you constantly? You know, I wanna say that you know, this a post-apocalyptic movie, but it seems to me that for many in the world, the future is now. There's many people living this story."

Ensler thanked the director for creating a visionary and feminist powered action film. This won’t be the last of them either, George Miller plans to include more strong women in future “Mad Max” sequels. 

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