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It’s important to remember the past, if only not to repeat its mistakes. Director George Miller remembers, just like Pepperidge Farms. His latest exploration of the apocalyptic world he created back in 1990, Mad Max: Fury Road released a fabulous trailer today that pays homage to those glorious days of yesteryear, and gets us all pumped up for what’s coming to theater screens on May 15th.Normally, I’d was nostalgic about the Mel Gibson Mad Max days before the profanity laced racist tirade Mel Gibson showed up, but really I’d rather just let you watch this new trailer.  We’ll get back to Gibson later.

Damn, that trailer was like a warm hug on a cold afternoon. George Miller has captured all the wonderful things that Mad Max first brought us over 30 years ago and rekindled the franchise. Tom Hardy is reported to have signed up for three more Mad Max movies after this one. That is a whole lot of apocalyptic wasteland to explore.

On a side note, Robert Downey Jr. has publicly asked for all of us to forgive Mel Gibson and allow him to move on with his life. During the 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Ceremony in January of this year Downey said:

I asked Mel to present this award for me for a reason. When I couldn’t get sober, he told me not to give up hope and encouraged me to find my faith. It didn’t have to be his or anyone else’s as long as it was rooted in forgiveness. And I couldn’t get hired, so he cast me in the lead of a movie that was actually developed for him. He kept a roof over my head and food on the table and most importantly he said if I accepted responsibility for my wrongdoing and embraced that part of my soul that was ugly – hugging the cactus he calls it – he said that if I hugged the cactus long enough, I’d become a man.

I did and it worked. All he asked in return was that someday I help the next guy in some small way. It’s reasonable to assume at the time he didn’t imagine the next guy would be him or that someday was tonight. So anyway on this special occasion and in light of the recent holidays including Columbus Day, I would ask that you join me, unless you are completely without sin in which case you picked the wrong f—ing industry, in forgiving my friend his trespasses and offering him the same clean slate you have me, allowing him to continue his great and ongoing contribution to our collective art without shame. He’s hugged the cactus long enough.
I mention this because Mel Gibson is one of the major reasons that Mad Max has become the successful franchise that we can now enjoy. The role of Max has been passed on to Tom Hardy, but as George Miller has said, this is not a reboot. I think Downey is right, and I would like to see Gibson at the premiere as a guest.
What do you think? Are you ready to forgive yet, not forget, but just forgive?

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