June 14, 2024

‘Mad Max” Stunt Doubles Fall in love

Sure, we here at Film Dumpster tend to be a bunch of snarky assholes, but once in a while, we’re able to dig deep and find the charred remains of our hearts. Take, for instance, this touching story.

South African stuntman Dane Grant was working in the Namibian desert as Tom Hardy’s temporary stunt double in Mad Max: Fury Road, when he met and fell in love with his wife,  Dayna, a stunt woman from New Zealand, who working as Charlize Theron’s stunt double. Grant recalls how they met:

“I remember that first day meeting her in the stunt rehearsal gym. She stood out for all the right reasons. Every time we get to work together is a blast, but none more so than the initial fight rehearsal. 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.”

Grant was eventually replaced by Hardy’s permanent stunt double, Jacob Tomuri, but stayed on to play various other characters in the film.

“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; 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…While we were punching each other we were falling for each other – quite rapidly.”

The two are now married with a 14-month-old son, who, in all likelihood, will be the baddest mother f*cker in town.


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