"I've never been more excited and out of my comfort zone." Hardy tells Esquire about post-apocalyptic adventure Mad Max: Fury Road, which George Miller is finally wrangling to the screen after years of setbacks and problems. Hardy says that he is actually attached for three films, but cautions that we will have to wait and see how the first one performs before the budget is granted for further adventures. "Everything's based on figures and how things are perceived," he says. "Inevitably it's a business."
It certainly wasn't an easy task to make the movie. "We were in the middle of nowhere," Hardy tells Esquire, "so far away from the studio system that Warner Bros can't really see what's going on, and just getting things to and from the set was a nightmare. We'd lose half a vehicle in sand and have to dig it out. It was just this unit in the middle of x-million square-kilometres of desert, and then this group of lunatics in leathers, like a really weird S&M party, or a Hell's Angels convention. It was like Cirque du Soleil meets fucking Slipknot."
With Charlize Theron (Prometheus), Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), Riley Keough (The Runaways), Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Sleeping Beauty), Nathan Jones (Conan The Barbarian), Abbey Lee Kershaw and Courtney Eaton all in the cast, Mad Max: Fury Road arrives in UK cinemas from 14 May.