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Mad Max: Fury Road Flame-Throwing Guitarist Inspired by SEPULTURA, AC/DC, SOUNDGARDEN

Okay, I need to go see this movie ASAP!

Okay, I need to go see this movie ASAP!

I have yet to see Mad Max: Fury Road but by all accounts, I've heard it's fantastic. I typically like to wait about two or three weeks before going to see a movie, to avoid the rush and having to deal with getting there early to get a good seat. Which is why I only just saw the new Avengers movie, which, as far as popcorn action flicks go, was great.

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Mad Max seems to take it to a whole other level. Previously, lead actor Tom Hardy compared it to Cirque du Soleil meets Slipknot. If that's the case, the character known as Doof Warrior definitely covers the Slipknot part. You see Doof is a guitarist who plays a flaming guitar on a car loaded with amps and uses his shred to fight off others.  In a recent piece in Buzzfeed, the director described the mechanism:

“You know, the guitar wasn’t great. It spent a lot of time in the sun and the sand and the cold. So it was pretty hard to get a good tune out of it. But it was a lot of fun. … I would just jam. I love [bands like] Soundgarden, Sepultura, you know, just anything wiry and disgusting. I was standing above an amplifier, which you can’t see there. But it was lying on its back. I was standing above it, so the guitar was actually blaring in my ears. I just went for it. I pulled out all my rock licks that I could think of.”

The actor who plays the character is named Sean Hape, but he's better known in Australia by his alias iOTA, and he was inspired by metal in between takes:

“You know, the guitar wasn’t great. It spent a lot of time in the sun and the sand and the cold. So it was pretty hard to get a good tune out of it. But it was a lot of fun. … I would just jam. I love [bands like] Soundgarden, Sepultura, you know, just anything wiry and disgusting. I was standing above an amplifier, which you can’t see there. But it was lying on its back. I was standing above it, so the guitar was actually blaring in my ears. I just went for it. I pulled out all my rock licks that I could think of.”

Speaking to Noisey, he mentioned also being inspired by AC/DC:

Yeah, the guitar wasn’t… it wasn’t a great guitar. It spent a lot of time out in the desert, you wouldn’t want to record with it. Most of the time, I’d just try to make noise. I pulled out some AC/DC, some Soundgarden, some Zeppelin, but after eight hours, you do just start thumping on it for a while.

He also noted the flames in the guitar were as real as real gets and were controlled by the whammy bar.

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Okay, I need to go see this movie ASAP.

[via ThePRP]

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