Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy joined by surprise guest for Mad Max premiere

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Charlize Theron might play a tough warrior in Mad Max: Fury Road, but she couldn't have looked more glamorous as she arrived for the film's premiere in Hollywood on Thursday. The actress was supported at the unveiling by her proud partner Sean Penn, who showed his tender side as they posed together on the red carpet, holding hands with Charlize before the pair cuddled up for a kiss.

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Charlize Theron and Sean Penn at the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere



Charlize, 39, looked flawless in a monochrome mesh Dior dress that showed off her figure. She wore her blonde hair around her shoulders and chose smokey eye makeup with a pink lipstick. Sean looked smart in a black suit and matching black shirt.

Sean wasn't the only leading man at the premiere; star of the movie Tom Hardy was of course in attendance. The handsome British actor, 37, chose a blue Alexander McQueen suit for the event and proudly posed with his co-star Charlize – and an unexpected VIP.

Mel Gibson surprised fans by making a rare red carpet appearance at the Mad Max premiere. The 59-year-old actor, who played the original Mad Max Rockatansky in the 1979 film and two sequels, smiled broadly as he arrived for the event, and happily had his photograph taken with his replacement Tom.

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Charlize Theron and leading man Tom Hardy



In a recent interview, Tom revealed that he had met Mel after agreeing to take on the role of Max – and admitted it was a daunting prospect.

"I met Mel. I needed to meet Mel purely from a young man's perspective," he told Details magazine. "I wanted to touch base with the previous Max and just say hello."

He added, "And is it okay? Because I'm taking on Max. I have to meet Max. It's awkward. 'You're Mad Max. I'm Tommy Hardy, and I'm playing him.

"He was bored with me. He said, 'Alright buddy, good luck with that.' Bless him. I made him a bracelet. And then we talked for a couple of hours about all kinds of stuff.

"I left, and that was that. And then he called up my agent and said, 'I think you found someone crazier than I am.'"

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Tom Hardy and Mel Gibson with director George Miller



Tom also spoke about why he was so keen to take on the iconic film role. "Mad Max is, like, the coolest superhero that a boy could get. Because there's no cape, there's no rubber suit. There's no flying," he said. "Nothing really hurts Batman or Superman. Everything hurts in Mad Max. Remember Indiana Jones when he hated snakes? He was scared.

"Those kind of heroes, they excite me because they are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. They are fallible. And when they jump, they're not sure if they're going to make it to the other side. And then it doesn't stop. I mean, Mad Max is really just an old man trying to go home."

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