Mad Max 4 was too cheap for Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson gives his blessing to The Dark Knight Rises’ Tom Hardy for Mad Max: Fury Road.

Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson
Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson in 1981’s Mad Max 2

Speaking to ComingSoon.net, original Mad Max star Mel Gibson revealed that he was approached to star in director George Miller’s Mad Max 4 – now titled Mad Max: Fury Road when the project was first put forward around a decade ago.

“We talked about this very project like 10 years ago,” Gibson confirms. “I actually wanted to do it, but then what happened was, the budget was nuts. It was crazy. I certainly hope they’ve become more realistic about it.”

He then goes onto give the new Mad Max and outgoing Bane, Brit Tom Hardy his blessing, saying, “I sat down with the guy and I quite like him. I think he’s a good choice for that.

“I think he’s a good actor,” continued Gibson. “He commits completely and he looks great. There’s this scary thing about him which is kind of right for that. Tom needed to sit down and talk more than I did. I’m really happy about that. But I hope they do a great job. I’m a big fan of George’s.”

Mad Max: Fury Road is expected in cinemas 2013.