For years, actor Tom Hardy has supported awesome women in action movies. Thanks, Mad Max.
Tumblr user queenofthenorths took a moment from the "Mad Max: Fury Road" press conference and sent it back in time in The. Best. Way. Ever.
Once upon a time, big-time action movie star Tom Hardy predicted his own action movie future.
He's the star of the new "masculine" action film "Mad Max: Fury Road." It's wildly passing the Bechdel test, which challenges films to show women having conversations about something OTHER than the leading man. (And *gasp* somehow it still managed to have a massively successful $45 million opening weekend.)
It's getting some buzz.
At one point during Mad Max there are 12 women on screen and they all have speaking roles & none of them are talking about a man.
— Aja Romano (@ajaromano) May 15, 2015
Tom's been hoping to stand on equal footing with his female co-stars all along.
In a 2014 interview for the movie "The Drop," he had a thought about what it would be like to make a complete and unquestioning switcheroo to men's and women's parts in his films. He was kinda into it.
Fast-forward to the present. At the "Mad Max: Fury Road" press conference, a reporter asked Tom Hardy a familiar question...
"As you were reading the script did you ever think, 'Why are all these women in here? I thought this was supposed to be a man's movie.'?"
Tom Hardy's response was basically great:
"Not for one minute."
Then Charlize Theron, his co-star and lady-sitting-in-front-of-him-on-the-movie-poster-but-he's-clearly-totally-OK-with-it, says, "Good for you."
And he replies, "I mean, it's kinda obvious."
Think about a world where we all get to score roles — on TV and in life — on equal footing with the opposite sex. And we, all of us, no matter our gender definition, work together and support each other.
That sounds kinda obviously great.