Mel Gibson made an unannounced stop at the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere in Hollywood on Thursday to the excitement of the film’s cast and producers.
The 59-year-old actor-director, who played Max Rockatansky in the 1979 Australian action film and two sequels, posed for photos on the red carpet with new Mad Max Tom Hardy and other cast members.
British actor Tom Hardy had recently revealed that meeting Mel Gibson, whose shoes he filled, was an ‘awkward’ experience.
Mel rocked a casual look in leather jacket and jeans, while his replacement Tom looked smart in Alexander McQueen.
All four films in the Mad Max series (including the 1981 Mad Max 2: Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome) were directed by George Miller, who chatted with Gibson at the premiere.
Mad Max: Fury Road, which opens next Friday, is poised for an opening weekend of $40 million-plus.
The $150 million-plus tentpole, co-starring Charlize Theron, will play the Cannes Film Festival next weekend.