'Like going to war'
From Mad Max (1979) to Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), the Mad Max films have evolved with bigger budgets and greater access to technology. However, director George Miller has never relied excessively on computer-generated imagery to drive the action, even when it was available for Fury Road. Instead, the extraordinary stunts and action scenes are performed by real-life stunt performers.
On Fury Road, Australian Guy Norris supervised an army of 150 stunt people across 300 sequences on location in the Namibian desert. Norris told Rolling Stone, 'We wanted to make it real: real vehicles, real locations, real movement and real stunts' and likened the shoot as 'like going to war'.
Norris was also the stunt coordinator for Mad Max 2 (AKA The Road Warrior, 1981). With that film's much smaller budget he performed multiple roles, from Mel Gibson's driving double to playing Bearclaw Mohawk, one of the Marauders.
Norris told WIRED, 'Essentially every character that jumped onto the tanker was me. I'd put on a different wardrobe, jump. Then put on different wardrobe and jump again from a different position.' Unfortunately Norris broke his leg performing the famous cannonball stunt, a scene so spectacular it remained in the film and is documented in this five-minute making-of clip about the movie: