When South African Dane Grant showed up to work as Tom Hardy'stemporary stunt double in Mad Max: Fury Road, he thought it would be just another shoot.
|Clearly an environment ripe for loving.|
But there in the Namibian desert between the trucks and the shiny chrome he would meet his future wife, Dayna, who was Charlize Theron's stunt double.
"I remember that first day meeting her in the stunt rehearsal gym. She stood out for all the right reasons," said 37-year-old Dane.
"Every time we get to work together is a blast, but none more so than the initial fight rehearsal," said Dane, "in the film it's the first time Max meets Furiousa and they fight it out with a sequence that fight choreographer had us training non-stop for weeks."
Hundreds of (choreographed) punches later, Dane and Dayna fell in love. Today the stunt doubles for Mad Max and Furiosa are married with a 14-month-old son.
Initially scheduled to last a month, the Mad Max shoot started filming in May 2012 and would continue until December.
Dayna, a 39-year-old native of New Zealand who has doubled for Lucy Lawless in Xena: Warrior Princess and Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman, was in the middle of a training camp in the desert when she met Dane, a South African called to work as Tom Hardy's rehearsal double.
Hardy's official double was later announced as New Zealander Jacob Tomuri, yet the relationship between Dayna and Dane, who would go on to play some white-faced "war boy" characters in the movie, continued to deepen.
"Dayna and I had a lot in common with those two characters, meeting for the first time, learning to trust each other under stressful conditions," said Dane, "pretty much just get on with what you're supposed to while on a mission through the desert with a bunch of weirdly dressed post-apocalyptic characters everywhere you look."
Thanks George Miller. You've done it again.