Mel Gibson Makes Surprise Appearance at 'Mad Max' Premiere
By Zach Seemayer
While Tom Hardy might be the new Max Rockatansky in director George Miller's upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, the man who originated the iconic character, Mel Gibson, showed there was no bad blood when he made a surprise appearance at the film's Hollywood premiere on Thursday.
Gibson, looking happy and healthy, posed with Miller and Hardy on the red carpet, and the trio were all smiles.
Side by side with the new Mad Max, it’s almost hard not to imagine the next installment featuring the actors playing father-and-son Rockatanskys.
Gibson's surprise appearance on the carpet made waves at the star-studded premiere, held at the legendary Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Nicholas Hoult and Zoe Kravitz, who both star as denizens of the wasteland in Fury Road, were excited to see the original Mad Max walk the red carpet. Kravitz was in awe of Gibson's presence during her interview with ET: "Woah, Mel Gibson is here!"
Nearly 30 years after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome -- the third installment in the franchise -- exploded into theaters, the eponymous hero returns this weekend with a brand new adventure and a brand new face as well.
"[It was] a bit intimidating to step into an iconic character's role and shoes," Hardy told ET's Brooke Anderson at CinemaCon in April. "Mel is iconic. And he's Max, and that's it, I won't argue with that, that's brilliant… But on this outing, George has had 30-something years' worth of reinvestment in a world that he created. And he asked me to come along and play his Max for him. And I'm not gonna say no, am I?"