It’s no secret that Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy weren't exactly besties on the set of their film Mad Max: Fury Road but the actress has recently revealed that their rift might have added to their cinematic chemistry.
"From what I hear, he's not like that on every movie,” Theron told the Wall Street Journal Magazine. “I hear he’s had good experiences.”
She added: “Maybe the movie is what it is because we struggled so much with each other, and those characters had to struggle so much with each other. If we were chum-chum, maybe the movie would have been 10 times worse.”
She might be right. The film was well received by audiences and nabbed six of the ten Oscars it was nominated for.
The film’s Aussie director George Miller also conceded that the tension didn’t go unnoticed.
"I'm not saying that they were seething right through, but the trajectory of the characters can't help but seep into the work," Miller told the WSJ of the co-stars. "When they first meet each other, they're trying to kill each other. As the two characters come together out of necessity and rather reluctantly, they have to find a degree of trust. And to some extent that was the trajectory of their relationship as well."
It’s not the first time the 40-year-old Charlize has talked about her strained relationship with her action movie co-star.
She told Esquire magazine last year that she and Tom, 38, “drove each other crazy,” but said he left her a wrap gift that summed up their relationship.
Charlize showed the magazine the present which was a self-portrait he had painted and on the back he left a red handprint with a note that read, "You are an absolute nightmare, BUT you are also f--king awesome. I'll kind of miss you. Love, Tommy."
Ummmm, thank you…?