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Because 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Isn't Just For Dudes, Eve Ensler Was Called In As A Consultant

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | May 7, 2015 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | May 7, 2015 |

From the trailers, you’ve probably gathered that Mad Max: Fury Road is going to be umpteen degrees of bonkers. But did you also gather that it has a feminist slant? That’s the word on the street, and fueling that buzz is the involvement of Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler.

If you think this is some late in the year April Fool’s prank, I wouldn’t blame you. It’s sounds almost too out of nowhere to be true. But Birth Movies Death reports Ensler was brought in as a consultant to help give depth to supporting characters that could easily have been props instead of people.

Spoilers for Mad Max: Fury Road ahead.

Charlize Theron plays Imperator Furiosa (pictured up top), a rebel dedicated to rescuing the enslaved wives of Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Bryne). These women are “forced to breed him perfect children, as opposed to the post-apocalyptic mutant types and cancer victims who make up his Warboys.” To make sure these wives weren’t just mute damsels in distress (think Planet of the Apes) or an excuse to have comely females in the film, director George Miller brought in Ensler. Mad Max: Fury Road’s Rosie Huntington-Whitely said of Ensler’s involvement:

“We were so lucky that George arranged for Eve Ensler, who wrote the Vagina Monologues, to fly in and work with us girls for about a week. We did extensive research with her. Eve herself has had a very intense life. She’s spent time in the Congo working with rape victims and women who have had unthinkable things happen to them through the power of men’s hands. We were able to pick her brain for a week. She told us the most tragic stories I’ve ever heard in my life, which gave us so much background to our characters. We really wanted to kind of showcase that. It was a privilege to have her around to make these characters something more then just five beautiful girls.”

From this quote, it’s unclear how exactly this research and background might communicate on screen. But we’ll know soon as Mad Max: Fury Road opens next week.

Kristy Puchko lives in perpetual fear that ice cream will become self-aware New York City.

Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.