Steve Bisley on Mad Max: 'It ripped off the screen'

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Steve Bisley on Mad Max: 'It ripped off the screen'
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NFSA ID:
1329179
Year:
2015
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In this excerpt from an oral history interview with actor Steve Bisley, he talks about playing the role of Jim Goose in Mad Max (1979).

‘It was Mercutio on wheels’, says Bisley, in reference to Romeo's best friend in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Unlike Mercutio, Goose survives and there was early talk of him becoming the antagonist Lord Humungus in Mad Max 2, although this was not developed further.

Bisley also describes first seeing Mad Max at the premiere and the overwhelming reaction the film received from audiences.

Lorna Lesley interviewed Steve Bisley for the NFSA Oral History program in 2015. 

Image: Mel Gibson (Max) and Steve Bisley (Goose). NFSA title: 571355

Interviewer:
Lorna Lesley
Interviewee:
Steve Bisley