You can’t deny the sheer impact of the viscerally fierce “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Director George Miller‘s staggeringly-crafted fourth installment of the film franchise was proof that not all blockbusters are not created equally. If anything, this brutal actioner upped the game proving more intense and exciting than its predecessors. With its nihilistic outlook on human nature and a nasty, in-your-face ferocity, this was Miller’s cinematic triumph through and through. ‘Fury Road’ has become so etched in our memory as a classic that we just can’t imagine any other actors playing the main or secondary roles.
Prime among them is Furiosa, the defecting soldier that betrays Immortan Joe and tries to free the Five Wives. Raucously played by Charlize Theron perhaps no other actress could have inhabited the role with such committed fervor. Although we didn’t know it at the time, Theron did have stiff competition before she finally landed the role, as none other than Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, auditioned for the part.
Talking to THR recently, the Israeli-born actress looked back on her career before this year’s breakthrough megastardom and said that her auditions never went anywhere because she just wasn’t that well known. “I had so many ‘almosts’ for big, great things, but I was never big enough of a name,” she explained, revealing she was in the running for Furiosa. “It was always me and ‘the big name’,” she lamented.
It’s been well documented by now that Gadot was contemplating leaving the industry for good and never coming back before “Wonder Woman” altered her career. A life in Israel was in the works, but then Patty Jenkins, who herself harbored reservations about Gadot in the lead role, was finally won over when they met in person. And, as they say, the rest is for the history books. Sometimes it’s just meant to happen. Gadot was perfect as Wonder Woman, ditto Theron as Furiosa. But imagine what might have been…