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Chris Hemsworth reveals his method for perfecting Dementus’ voice in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

en Bollywood News Chris Hemsworth reveals his method for perfecting Dementus’ voice in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

"Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga" starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth explores Furiosa's origins from "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth star in Academy Award-winning mastermind George Miller’s Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, the much-anticipated return to the iconic dystopian world he created more than 40 years ago with the seminal Mad Max films. Miller now turns the page again with an all-new original, standalone action adventure that will reveal the origins of the powerhouse character from the multiple Oscar-winning global smash Mad Max: Fury Road. The new feature from Warner Bros. Pictures is produced by Miller and his longtime partner, Oscar-nominated producer Doug Mitchell (Mad Max: Fury Road, “Babe”), under their Australian-based Kennedy Miller Mitchell banner.

Chris Hemsworth reveals his method for perfecting Dementus’ voice in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home.

Talking about his character Dementus and his prep to get under the skin of the character and ensure he gets the voice right, Hemsworth said, “Things come to you at different times with characters. I find some of them instantly leap off the page at you, and then others kind of take time to begin to grow. Little things land in your lap that you think, ‘This could be interesting or different, or fresh and truthful to the character.’ I had a lot of time with this script prior to shooting, a lot more than I had with a lot of the films I’ve made. And for a long time, I had no idea who he was. I got quite nervous in the lead up to it. I still hadn’t found the voice. Every time I tried to read the lines I thought, ‘It just sounds like me,’ reminding me of Thor or another character. I wanted there to be something abrasive about him, something that was piercing, belligerent and obnoxious. And I was sitting in a park one day with my kids and watching seagulls fight over chips and the stuff the kids threw at them. And they just [sounding like a gull] Eer, eer, err at each other, and something about that kind of sat in my head. I’m not saying I based the whole character on a seagull, but that was one day.”

He said, “And then another day, I was listening to the horse races, [as an announcer] ‘Coming down the track, going on the outside!...’ And there was something that struck me about the nasality of the announcer’s voice ringing in my ear, which started to feed into the character. And I remember my grandfather had this out there kind of voice quality—but from an Australia 40 years ago. And so I looked at old Australian films, and listened to old interviews and just stole bits and pieces from a lot of places. And then about two weeks before we started shooting, I found the pitch for the voice and had to really work hard to keep it there. It just felt like someone wound up tight and tense. Everything was taut and sharp. I wanted to be as far as possible from the voice I developed for Thor with Kenneth Branagh, which was about being quieter and calming. I wanted it to be unnerving and unsettling. A few decibels above everybody else, almost like he’s short of hearing at times. There’s an obnoxious, aggressive quality to it. Like a seagull.”

Also Read : Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth starrer Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga receives 7-minute standing ovation at the world premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2024, see video


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