Hire an Australian actor to portray Max in the Mad Max videogame.

Hire an Australian actor to portray Max in the Mad Max videogame.

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      AusGamers

Mad Max is an important part of Australian cinema and pop-culture history. However, the series is as equally important worldwide, and is arguably one of the most recognisable and referenced post-apocalyptic tales ever told. The titular hero, Max, was played by Mel Gibson whose Australian heritage came across as a gruff, stoic and hardened portrayal of a man who'd lost everything, but still had a sense of hope.

Avalanche Studios has, however, chosen to have Max voiced by a "generic" American voice-actor so that Max can appeal to a "generic" crowd. This negates the hero's place in popular-culture and is a bit of an affront to Australians who hold the character and movies so dear (and also to global purists).

We're not asking for Mel Gibson, but finding an Australian voice-actor who can channel the Max of the popular films would just be the right -- and reverent -- thing to do.

Please Avalanche, have a heart and give us the Max we all love.

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Hire an Australian actor to portray Max in the Mad Max videogame.

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Success! Max will have an Aussie accent

      Thanks to the ruckus we kicked up on here, the various mainstream media coverage that occurred and to vocal fans who took the cause directly to Avalanche's Facebook and Twitter accounts, the studio has announced that we "have been heard" and that Max would sport and Australian accent.

      "Attn. fans who want Max to have an Aussie accent in #MadMaxGame : It shall be so. We admire your loyalty. You have been heard," Tweeted Avalanche's CEO, Christofer Sundberg.

      While this is not a guarantee that the voice-actor will be specifically Australian, it's still a step in the right direction. We'll be keeping a close eye on the development and will hopefully chat with Avalanche about this decision moving forward, so please stay tuned to AusGamers.com for Mad Max videogame related news in the future.

      A massive thanks to Australians and everyone else in the world who supported this petition and helped our collective voices be heard.

      Stephen Farrelly
      Editor
      AusGamers

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. More to Come, Keep Spreading the Word

      Since beginning this petition we've been covered across a multitude of gaming sites such as IGN, VG247 and Blues News. We've also had big shoutouts on Facebook from our friends at places like Gameplanet and Official PlayStation Magazine Australia. And more recently we've been covered on news.com.au, The Age and spoke with ABC Radio Broken Hill, where the second film was actually shot.

      We're not stopping there though. We plan on reaching out to more and more mainstream press in the coming days and weeks and will also be reaching out to Avalanche Studios themselves for more discussion on the topic. In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, or have any suggestions for us, please email: stephen@ausgamers.com.

      And once again, thanks for all your support thus far.

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    • James Mehegan AUSTRALIA
      • 25 days ago

      Having seen both the original and the dubbed versions of the first movie, the addition of American accents turned it from being a unique film into just another generic post-holocaust road movie...

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    • claire byrne AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      The preservation of an Aussie iconic film's history and future.

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    • tony kempen CALGARY, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      Glad to hear of the success of the petition! This is brilliant news, and well done for getting all the exposure it needed.

      I for one would have been solely disappointed if playing the game for the first time, knowing nothing could be done to alter the accent of Mad Max.

      Comparable to when i saw Pacific Rim, with an American portraying an Aussie character (with the worst possible accent cross-over), i would be yelling at the screen telling him to shut the hell up!

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    • Austin Eckstein LONG BEACH, CA
      • 3 months ago

      Are you kidding? Isn't it obvious? Whoever thought this was acceptable or a good idea needs to work in a different industry because they don't understand the product they are making or who they are selling it to. I'm American, Mad Max is my favorite foreign film of all time. I grew up wanting to drive a Ford Falcon and hit that blower switch dammit. Not having an Australian Mad Max damages that fantasy tremendously and will be a major reason why people won't buy this game. If he's not Australian he's not Mad Max.

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    • Nathan Coulton AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      I could write a long paragraph on why Mad Max should be voiced by an Australian but I'm sure It's as clear as 37 degree day. An Australian film an Australian actor in the Australian outback.

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