Thanks to her starring role in Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot has rocketed to the role of fandom icon. But if it weren’t for Charlize Theron being such an excellent actress, she might have gotten there a little sooner.
On a podcast with The Hollywood Reporter, the actress and former Miss Israel told THR that she had previously been up for the role of Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, only to lose out to Theron.
“I was runner-up for Mad Max with Charlize. I had so many almosts for big, great things, but I was never big enough of a name,” Gadot said. “It was always me and ‘the big name.’”
According to Gadot, the frustration of never quite getting the big role was such that she had thoughts of giving up acting before being cast as Wonder Woman by Warner Bros.
Funnily enough, this isn’t the only connection the Mad Max franchise has to Wonder Woman. Back in the day, George Miller, who directed all the Mad Max titles, was at one point working on a Justice League movie, with actress Megan Gale (who plays Valkyrie in Fury Road) as Wonder Woman.
Fortunately for Gadot, missing out on the success of the Mad Max franchise didn’t keep her from acting, and everything pretty much worked out for everyone. Though I’d definitely like to get a peek at her alternate universe version of Fury Road.