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Charlize Theron Reveals Rift With Tom Hardy While Working on Mad Max: Fury Road

Chemistry: You either have it or you don’t.

Fury Road-AVIn the case of Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy, it actually worked in their favor that they didn’t get along. In the latest issue of , both director George Miller and Theron open up about her relationship with Hardy off-screen while working on Mad Max: Fury Road.

“I’m not saying that they were seething right through, but the trajectory of the characters can’t help but seep into the work,” Miller says of the co-stars. “When they first meet each other, they’re trying to kill each other. As the two characters come together out of necessity and rather reluctantly, they have to find a degree of trust. And to some extent that was the trajectory of their relationship as well.”

But Theron wouldn’t describe their interactions quite like that. “From what I hear, he’s not like that on every movie—I hear he’s had good experiences,” Theron says of her co-star, laughing. “Maybe the movie is what it is because we struggled so much with each other, and those characters had to struggle so much with each other. If we were chum-chum, maybe the movie would have been 10 times worse.”

For better or for worse, their rocky relationship worked wonders for the movie. Mad Max: Fury Road  won six Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards and four BAFTA awards. It won several other awards, including Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

This isn’t the first time Theron has gone on record about her not-so-great feelings for Hardy. She told  Esquire  in April 2015 that they “f–kin went at it” while on set. “We drove each other crazy, but I think we have respect for each other, and that’s the difference,” she explained. “This is the kind of stuff that nobody wants to understand—there’s a real beauty to that kind of relationship.”

She showed the magazine a gift Hardy left in her trailer as a wrap present, which was a self-portrait he had painted. On the back he left a red handprint and an inscription that read, “You are an absolute nightmare, BUT you are also f–king awesome. I’ll kind of miss you. Love, Tommy.”

This is the epitome of a love-hate relationship.

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