Mad Max director George Miller lovingly pays tribute to indignant villain Hugh Keays-Byrne

Filmmaker George Miller has made a number of notable films in the past. But it is with his Crazy Max Franchise that Miller has found permanent cinematic recognition Recently the world mourned actor Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played the role of Toecutter in the original Mad Max, and Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road. Speaking to IndieWire, Miller remembered the actor as someone who had taught him the most about acting.

“[Keays-Byrne was] the glue that held the first 'Mad Max' movie together. At first I found it so impressive it was scary because he was so in love with the role. The truth is that he's a warm and sweet person and so everyone hugs him … I learned acting from him, probably more than anyone else I've worked with. "
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In the 1970s Hugh Keays-Byrne was an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company and toured the world as part of the cast of Peter Brooks' stage production of A Midsummer Night & # 39; s Dream. The actor was in Australia for his final shows when he contacted Miller, who wanted to take on the roles of a gang of post-apocalyptic biker desperados for his low-budget film Mad Max. As George Miller recalls, Keays-Byrne and his group of actors found ample opportunity to form the real biker crew that would eventually become Toecutter and his gang.

"The 'Mad Max' budget was so low that we could only afford actors from Melbourne, where the film was made. Hugh was from Sydney and the group of actors he was with was was from Sydney. We said, 'Look we can,' I can't afford to fly everyone down and Hugh said, 'Can you send the bikes up and we'll go down?' We got the bikes in The train set and they went down. It took them two days to go from Sydney to Melbourne and in that time they became the toecutter biker gang. "

After Mad Max became a hit, Miller kept looking for ways to involve Keays-Byrne in his projects. A speaking role in Babe didn't materialize, but the filmmaker agreed to cast Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter in his doomed superhero film Justice League: Mortal.

After that project failed too, Miller found the perfect place to reintroduce Keays-Byrne as the main villain of Fury Road, Immortan Joe, to the world of Mad Max. According to Miller, the actor was perfect for the role of a fearsome warlord, whose face is covered at all times by a mask, but who manages to be terrifying just because of the strength of the force in his eyes.

"The eyes! His eyes carry that power. There is no other way to describe them. The stature, the demeanor and the voice. Hugh embodied all of that. If he were with you now, you would feel the natural charisma that he had." People came to him in some way. To think that Presence is no longer available to the world is very sad. "

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Neeraj Chand

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