Anya Taylor-Joy only has about 30 lines to say in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. She spent three months filming without saying much at all. However, the silence wasn’t part of the plan. She believed the character needed a scene showing her anger.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
A still from Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

And for that, the star of The Queen’s Gambit clashed (but respectfully) with director George Miller on the set of the film. The director had a certain idea for Furiosa in the prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road.

He wanted her to be strong and silent, showing her feelings only through her eyes. However, Taylor-Joy thought differently. She felt Furiosa needed a moment where she could show her intense emotions, especially her inner anger.

Anya Taylor-Joy’s Three-Month Battle With George Miller for Furiosa Scene

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Anya Taylor-Joy revealed a surprising behind-the-scenes story from her latest film, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. The film dives into the past of Imperator Furiosa. This is set 15-20 years before the events of Fury Road.

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While playing a younger version of Charlize Theron‘s iconic character Furiosa, the 28-year-old had a disagreement with director George Miller about how the character should be portrayed. She said in an interview with The New York Times:

“I am a really strong advocate of female rage. We’re animals, and there’s a point where somebody just snaps. There’s one scream in that movie, and I am not joking when I tell you that I fought for that scream for three months.”

Taylor-Joy believed this “female rage” moment was important for the character and for viewers to connect with her. It wasn’t about going against the director’s vision but about making Furiosa more complex.

Anya Taylor-Joy’s Respect Toward George Miller Amid Creative Disagreement

George Miller (Image via Wikimedia Commons)
George Miller during the shooting of Mad Max: Fury Road (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Anya Taylor-Joy supports the expression of female rage. But convincing George Miller took a persistent effort. The actress described her approach as a “long game.”

She would plant the idea with the 79-year-old filmmaker, wait for him to consider it, and then revisit the discussion later. Despite the disagreement, the Miami native stressed how much she respected Miller’s vision. She admitted in the same interview:

“I wanted to make sure that I was never insolent in any way, that it was always a conversation. At the end of the day, this is his vision. I can present everything that I have, but his word goes.”

Taylor-Joy’s dedication to her character and her respectful partnership with the Australian director hint at an exciting performance in the upcoming post-apocalyptic action adventure film.

Also read: “I didn’t want to f—k the movie up”: Charlize Theron Was Afraid She Would Sabotage Her Own Movie That Almost Made Her Unrecognizable

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is set to release on 24 May, 2024.

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