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Who Inspired Mad Max?

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The Mad Max franchise is based on a series of futuristic films, taking place in the "Mad Max Universe". The first Mad Max was an Australian action film directed by George Miller and written by Miller and Byron Kennedy, released in 1979. It was followed by two sequels, Mad Max 2, also known as The Road Warrior, in 1981 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985.
Creator(s): George Miller, George Ogilvie
Type: Movies/TV/Stage
Genre(s): post-apocalyptic, action
Year Released: 1979

The Mongolian emperor Genghis Khan served as a huge inspiration to actor Hugh Keays-Byrne in his role as Toecutter in the film.[1]

Director George Miller was once a medical doctor in Victoria, Australia. Mad Max Rockatansky, the lead character of the movie, is named after 19th century pathologist Baron Carl von Rokitansky who developed the Rokitansky procedure.[2]

George Miller and screenwriters Terry Hayes and Brian Hannant were inspired by the samurai films of Akira Kurosawa.[3]

Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” has also inspired the creators of Mad Max.[4] The novel depicts a journey of the archetypal hero found in world mythologies.[5]

Famous quotes of Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam were used in Mad Max 2 and 3. In Mad Max 2, the quote “We’re going to either crash, or crash through” is used. In Mad 3, the quote “One day cock of the walk, next a feather duster” is used.[6]

The novel by Rusell Hoban entitled “Riddley Walker” has inspired Mad Max. The novel presents a wandering hero in post-apocalyptic England.[7]

The Godfather was one of the most violent films when it first came out in 1972. The movie faced major censorship issues, but it gained popularity and accepted by the public. In some ways, the movie has influenced Mad Max.[8]

To some extent, the violence portrayed in Mad Max is influenced by the 1971 A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick.[9]