Tom Hardy Spit At Armie Hammer’s Face During His Audition For “Mad Max”

February 10, 2022 / Posted by:

It seems that the key to Tom Hardy winning the lead in Mad Max: Fury Road was him spitting in Armie Hammer‘s face during an audition. Cut to: all the people saying: “I wish Tom Hardy would spit in my face.” Venom porn fiction just got itself some new canon.

Looking back, I can’t imagine how Armie Hammer could have possibly been in the running for this role because he looks like a preppy dude and the movie came out in 2015 when his image wasn’t destroyed by multiple allegations of abuse. But thankfully, Armie didn’t have the stuff to take the role away from Tom Hardy. Variety says writer Kyle Buchanan’s upcoming book about the making of Mad Max: Fury Road titled Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road includes the audition process for the movie. Director George Miller had been working on the movie for years and he didn’t want Mel Gibson involved so he threw the net wide for the title role. The actors in contention for Mad Max included Michael Fassbender, Joel Kinnaman, the late Heath Ledger, and Eric Bana. At one point they even reached out to Eminem.

Kyle writes that it came down to Tom Hardy, Armie Hammer, and Jeremy Renner. Tom and Armie were asked to audition together and that’s when Tom let the spit fly. And that’s when Armie realized that he lost that shit and the role belonged to Tom. via Variety:

Buchanan, who is also the awards season columnist for the New York Times, reports: “Near the end of the process, Hardy emerged as a front-runner alongside Jeremy Renner and Armie Hammer. Hardy and Hammer even read together as part of their audition, and when Hardy gnashed his teeth and spat at his scene partner, Hammer told Miller that Hardy needed to be Max more than he did.”

Audition cameraman Todd Matthew Grossman told Buchanan, “Jeremy and Armie were equally wonderful, but there was something about Tom in the room where it felt like that was Max, without a doubt. He had that kind of suppressed emotional dryness that you’d find in a post-apocalypse and, buried underneath it, disdain for the world. There was this intensity that burned through the lens.”

Miller added, “I had the same feeling about Tom that I had when [original ‘Mad Max’ star] Mel Gibson first walked into the room: There was a kind of edgy charm, the charisma of animals. You don’t know what’s going on in their inner depths, and yet they’re enormously attractive.”

They had me until George compared Tom Hardy to Mel Gibson….

I love that Armie bowed out of the job to Tom after getting spit on. He must have been like: “Did he just do something to me without my consent? Damn… Game recognize game!” But what a dream it must be to be Tom Hardy and to get to spit at Armie Hammer’s face.


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