Do you know who this guy is?
Hint. He was once introduced as, "The Warrior of the Wasteland. The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla," by a character known as "The Toadie" (played by Max Phipps) in George Miller's 1981 post-apocalyptic, cult hit film, "The Road Warrior" .
The character featured in today's post is... "The Humungus. " Or as he's known by some, the lord Humugus.
Now at first look, the Humungus MAY look like a clone of "Jason" from the infamous "Friday the 13th" franchise that began in 1980, as they both sport hokey masks to hide their faces. But as I will prove, the Humungus is notably different from that aforementioned Jason Veerhores.
First main difference between Jason Veehores and ma man the Humungus was that Jason was a axe murder. Jason Veehores liked to hide in the bushed and wait to off some poor, unsuspecing teenage couples. Ma man the Humungus didn't hide in no bushes! Heck the Australian outback doesn't have any bushes big enough for him to hide behind anyway. Ma man the Humungus' was a multi-faced sort of guy. He liked to administer justice with his trusty pistol and a handy, long-shafted guardians axe that he one had to throw at a fleeing Poppa Gallos to keep him from escaping his clutches after he defied him and attempted to escape from his oil derrek compound WITHOUT the express permission of the lord Humungus.
Now, I'm not going to say that the Humungus could shoot worth a damn. Because he can't. In fact it can be argued that his aim is worse than the Cylons from the old "Battlestar Galactica" TV series (1978-1979). I mean come-on, Humungus, when Mad Max Rockatansky (played by Mel Gibson) is driving that "tanka" and you're taking a shot at him, WHY would you shoot a the reinforced steel in front of his radiator instead of taking out the driver, himself? Doesn't make any sense to me. But then guys in hokey masks don't always make the most soundest of decisions in the heat of the moment. Maybe the Humungus took one to many shots to the head from the hokey puck. Just sayin'.
After watching this movie a couple times I naturally took a farce bend to it. LOVED how the bad guys only wanted the guzzoline. Think it's gasoline the guys in masks wanted. Unt uh, Skippy. It's guzzoline. Get with the program!. Learn to see things in terms of farce -- the way film is intended to be seen after you've seen the same movie a couple of times. It's guzzoline that these marauders wanted. And those marauders had a chief. And his name was the Humungus.
Going with this farse vibe. I wonder what the Humungus was like BEFORE the bombs went off. Being a pre-pro screenwriter I'm of a mind to write character bios which go BEYOND the draft of what's seen on the screen. So say one was to do a character bio of the Humungus. What would that look like? Based on things seen in the Road Warrior movie here's a few observations and more detailed look into the Humgus.
1) The Humungus could well have been a farmer BEFORE the bombs exploded. Why do I say this? Well-p, his ride of choice is a tractor. Sure it's souped up with a nitro-tank for high-speed chases on the freeway. BUT that's what the Humungus is driving; a tractor. What was his crop of choice? Hard to say, not sure what Australia is known for. But it's logical to assume the Humungus knew his way around the farm.
2) The Humungus could well have been a DJ or have had political aspirations BEFORE the bombs exploded. Did you see the way he rocked the mike! I mean, he laid down the law to the people he had trapped in the compound, then entertained his own and kept their spirit's riding high the night they waited for those trapped in the compound to agree to his ultimatum of "just walking away."
You see the Humungus was a leader of men, and not just any, atypical leader either mind you. He was a WWF refugee, now pressed to leading a rag-tag bunch of degenerates in a lawless world. Now one could argue that he was a prime reason why that world was lawless, but he was a leader none-the-less. The kind of leader that Atilla the Hun could be proud of!
Did a little Internet investigative reporting on the man behind the mask. Kjell Nilsson is the name of the actor who played the Humungus in "The Road Warrior." Kjell Nilsson had a brief career in acting. Some of his other credits include playing a pirate in "The Pirate Movie" (1982: Kristy McNicols,Chistopher Atkins) and Kjell Nilsson also played a male nurse in the Australian TV series "Man of Letters". So Kjell Nilsson did do some other roles. But my favorite find was that Kjell Nillson is cited as having a producer credit in the 1977's "Sex in Sweden" which is an adult, hardore movie. WOW, is that ever bizarre or what? The Humungus put out a porn film. "Hey, baby, wanna take of my mask and see my pee-pee? Maybe see how I got the name, the Humungus, baybee." Sorry couldn't resist. Fusing post-apocalyptic villain to porn star. More fuel for farce. More fuel for jokes. BUT the fact of the matter is that the actor who played the Humungus WAS involved in a hardcore porn movie at one time in his life.
Post-Road-Warrior IMBD cites Kjell Nilsson as working as a manager in a software company, and living in Melbourne, Australia. Here's more of a bio on Kjell Nilsson as stated off IMBD:
"Kjell Nilsson was born in Gothenberg, Sweden, and came to Australia in 1980 as a trainer of Swedish athletes preparing for the Moscow Olympics, being a former Olympic class weight lifter himself. While in Australia he met Australian actress Kate Fergerson, and they were married in Sweden later that year. She persuaded him to return to Australia, and look for work in Australian films.He landed his first role as a pirate in "The Pirate Movie", and you can see Kjell "unmasked" quite clearly in a few scenes from that film. His next role was that of The Humungus in Mad Max 2."
Kjell Nilsson was born in 1949, so he's 62 years old now. So now I think it's safe to say, we'll never see Kjell Nilsson get to reprise his role as the Humungus ever again. Not that was so much of a possiblity anyway, as in "The Road Warrior" the Humungus died tragically in a head-on collision with Mad Max Rockatansky's tanka. UNLESS, by a modern stroke of storywriting brilliance you say somehow the Humguns cheated death, and now MAYBE you can get the 62-year-old Kjell Nilsson to don the hokey mask yet again. This time with the Humungus chasing Mel Gibson through the Austrailain outback in a souped-up, high-power, nitro-charged wheel chair. And upon catching him maybe we could have the Humungus bat Mad Max over the head with a his cane.
One fun postscript to this post is that George Miller, the man behind the "Mad Max" franchise is working on new "Mad Max" film. It's called "The Fury Road" and may have Charlize Thereon and Tom Hardy staring in it. Will be keeping an eye on that one. From IMBD it's supposed to start filming in March of 2012. We'll see...
Will do another post soon in which I update where I'm at in my writing life. Till then, stay well.