In an extract shared by Vanity Fair, several members of the cast and crew, including Theron and Hardy, opened up about the infamous friction between the pair, with one editor noting that they had “hated each other”.
Pinpointing one particular day where Hardy arrived on set three hours late, camera operator Mark Goelnicht described his interaction with Theron as a “turning point”.
“She’s sitting there with her makeup on and a full costume for three hours,” said Goelnicht. “Tom turns up, and he walks casually across the desert. She jumps out of the War Rig and she starts swearing her head off at him, saying, ‘Fine the f****** c*** a hundred thousand dollars for every minute that he’s held up this crew!’ and ‘How disrespectful you are!’”
“He might’ve heard some of it, but he charged up to her and went, ‘What did you say to me?’” Goelnicht continued, “He was quite aggressive. She really felt threatened, and that was the turning point, because then she said, ‘I want someone as protection.’ She then had a producer that was assigned to be with her full time.”
Agreeing that things “got out of hand”, Theron said: “There was a sense that maybe sending a woman producer down could maybe equalize some of it because I didn’t feel safe.”
Addressing the experience, Hardy credited his behaviour to inexperience: “In hindsight, I was in over my head in many ways. The pressure on both of us was overwhelming at times. What she needed was a better, perhaps more experienced partner in me… I’d like to think that now that I’m older and uglier, I could rise to that occasion.”