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Gale was so thrilled to be involved that she took on the stunts she could handle safely, including one that involved rolling out of the way of pursuing vehicles after a motorbike crash. “I just had to trust that they would all drive and hit their mark and miss me,” she says. “I had to just roll to the left, to the right, to the left, to the right over rocks. That was pretty exhilarating.”

Gale says they shot the scene several times for different camera angles and that the expert stunt crew did exactly what they had to do each time. Even working in extreme conditions, Miller still made himself available to discuss dialogue and costumes to help her with the role.

“It was a gruelling shoot,” she says. “I came in quite a few months after they’d been there and he was just collected and calm. I never saw him lose his cool, even logistically a lot of things were happening. There’s always something that can go wrong, whether it’s a car that breaks down or someone’s sick or a stunt is not quite working, and he was just so calm.”


Everyone in this movie is so metal.

I know in theory it shouldn’t matter how it was done as long as it looks good (don’t get me started on the making ofs that talk about how all the embroidery on the main character’s underwear was researched by university professors and woven from silk made by worms that went to space, who cares if we never get to see it?) but knowing so many of the stunts were real just makes me appreciate this film a million times more. That’s hard work, setting up a shot like that, even if the car was only going over the camera that’s no picnic.

The Valkyrie is making nothing but headshots. 

This has to do with characterization more than stuntwork, but I love how precise the Vuvulini are in their technique and conservation of ammunition. Compare this to the Bullet Farmer or any of the Immortan’s crew, whose philosophy seems to be “Why aim when you can just throw MORE BULLETS at the target?”

Every one of the Vuvulini makes every bullet count, and every one of them is a stone-cold markswoman. Of COURSE Max should have given Furiosa the rifle.

YES, inmyriadbits was just talking about her own headcanon about this, about how Furiosa started to use a rifle very young, before she was stolen. 

I’m struggling to think of any prominent use of rifles in the earlier trilogy: Max and the other MFP cops primarily used handguns and shotguns for short-range/melee combat, ditto in The Road Warrior plus tons of bows and flamethrowers, more handguns/shotguns plus edged weapons in Thunderdome.

Rifles are precision long-distance weapons largely used for hunting and combat, things that require training and discipline, which are hella rare in this world. It’s a beautiful characterization note – not just on a personal level for Furiosa, who actively prefers that rifle until she runs out of bullets, but for what it says about the Vuvalini community.

I’m reblogging this again because I realized upon tonight’s viewing that Keeper doesn’t say “hedgehogs” in that scene with Dag; she says “headshots” (which just makes… a million percent more sense, why would she even say hedgehogs, what is up with my brain), and then I paid close attention to Keeper’s gun, and the other Vuvalini’s guns, and I’m now rolling with a theory that the rifle Valkyrie uses for this scene is the only one the Vuvalini have that doesn’t need to be reloaded between each shot. 

If Valkyrie and Furiosa practiced as kids with an antique like this, damn right they learned to make every shot count. 

I am certifiably bad at gun identification though, so anyone with more knowledge feel free to correct me. 

I’m not game to guess the exact model, but I’m pretty sure that Valkyrie is using a Winchester lever-action repeating rifle. (Pulling the lever is the action she’s doing with her trigger hand between each shot to chamber the next round.) It would be fitting because it’s an iconic firearm: “the gun that won the west”.

According to the Internet Movie Firearms Database, it’s a Rossi .357 lever action. Which indeed is very similar to (and presumably inspired by?) the classic Winchester. But I don’t know anything about guns, so take my two-minutes-of-googling with a grain of salt.

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