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'Mad Max' film makers accused of damaging Namib Desert

Environmentalists and tour operators have accused the makers of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' of damaging the fragile ecosystem in the Namib Desert.
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The makers of the latest Mad Max film have been accused of destroying parts of the Namib Desert. (Getty Images)

The new Mad Max film is making headlines before it even reaches the cinemas.

The makers of the post-apocalyptic sequel, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” starring Charlize Theron, have been accused of destroying parts of the Namib Desert — the world's oldest — during filming in Namibia last year, Agence France-Presse reported.

"They added tracks in untouched areas," tour operator Tommy Collard told AFP.

"What is worse is the film crew tried to remove the marks they left themselves by dragging nets over them, ripping plants out."

The film was originally meant to be shot near the Australian outback town of Broken Hill where the other three Mad Max films were made, but heavy rainfall following a severe drought triggered an explosion of flowers in western New South Wales, Wired reported — not really the desert scene filmmakers had in mind.

So, director George Miller moved production to the extremely dry Namib Desert — much more Mad Max-like — which stretches from northern South Africa to southern Angola, Wired reported.