Meet i. OTA, the Guitar Hero From 'Mad Max: Fury Road'The movie world is buzzing over George Millerâ€™s long- awaited Mad Max: Fury Road. And while Miller, the mastermind behind the relentless actioner, and leads Tom Hardy (as the new Max) and Charlize Theron (as Furiosa) are drawing accolades to the max, the film also has someone destined to become a fan favorite. The character is called Coma- Doof Warrior â€” but heâ€™d be more accurately described as the guy in the mask furiously shredding a flame- throwing electric guitar while dangling above a mobile wall of speakers (actual name: The Doof Wagon) that roars through the desert.
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Heâ€™s essentially â€œthe post- apocalyptic drummer boy, or the trumpeter before they go out to battle,â€ i. OTA, the man who plays Coma- Doof Warrior, explains to Yahoo Movies.
Heâ€™s the guy who riles up the troops.â€The Australian musician- actor- writer (né Sean Hape) made his film debut in his countryman Baz Luhrmannâ€™s 2. Fitzgerald- in- 3. D spectacle, The Great Gatsby, playing the bit part of Trimalchio the orchestra leader.
He has been described as a â€œgender- bending glam- rock god,â€ has five albums under his belt, was nominated for an ARIA Music Award (think Aussie Grammys), and once beat out Hugh Jackman for Best Actor in a Musical at the Helpmann Awards (think Aussie Tonys). He is currently rehearsing the play B- Girl, which he wrote and stars in and will debut at Australiaâ€™s famed Sydney Opera House in June. Related: We Caught Up With the Feral Kid from the Original 'Mad Maxâ€™ Trilogy. Like many Aussies of his generation, i. OTA grew up with immense fondness for George Millerâ€™s original trilogy starring Mel Gibson, having first seen Mad Max 2 (aka The Road Warrior) at age 1. So i. OTA was determined to land the role of Doof Warrior when his management agency sent him to audition for a part described as â€œa mix between Keith Richards and a scarecrow.â€He went in costume as a Mad Max 2 character, wearing tethers and leather, black eye makeup, and dirt applied to his teeth. I just wanted it so bad, so I was going to go all the way,â€ i.
OTA recounts. â€œI got in the cab and the guy gave me a funny look.â€ But it was worth it. He got the gig. Fast forward nearly five years and heâ€™s poised for a breakout. And if thereâ€™s ever a Coma- Doof Warrior prequel, i. OTA says that the origin story already exists.
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Before filming, the performer and Miller created a grim backstory for the character: He was a child music prodigy who watched as his mother, also a musician, was beheaded. The boy was then found by Fury Roadâ€™s chief villain, Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays- Byrne), momâ€™s severed head still in hand. Joe adopted the boy, who continued playing and grew up to be Joeâ€™s troop- rallying rocker. Read More. And itâ€™s a good thing we never get too much of a close- up on the character in Fury Road: i. OTA says the mask heâ€™s wearing in the film, according to his and Millerâ€™s backstory, is the face of his late mother, which he sliced from her skull. Told you it was dark. Though i. OTA isnâ€™t sure where the â€œComaâ€ part of his characterâ€™s name came from, he can explain the genesis of â€œDoof.â€ Itâ€™s a play on what Australians refer to as â€œdoof partiesâ€ â€” electronic music events where house or techno beats go â€œdoof doof doof.â€ Thus, the Doof Warrior. As for the music he played during his six months on set: â€œI just sort of got up there and jammed,â€ he said.
Whatever I could come up with. Itâ€™s a double- neck guitar, so itâ€™s a bass and six- string electric, but thereâ€™s a base that Iâ€™m standing on and below that is a partial amplifier, so itâ€™s blaring, and itâ€™s totally squealing all the time. Youâ€™re just thrashing on it, and making noise.
Iâ€™m playing Zeppelin or Soundgarden or AC/DC or whatever I was feeling inspired to do.â€ (The music you hear in the film was added in post- production.) Speaking of AC/DC, i. OTA also revealed that his characterâ€™s look was partly inspired by the metal bandâ€™s frontman, Angus Young, particularly the short pants and sneakers.â€œI was screaming my head off, â€ says i. OTA of the high- voltage experience of filming Max. The whole thing was just mind- boggling. I was just walking around set with my jaw open the whole time. It was incredible. And just tearing through the desert on that truck was really something else.
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