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In Mad Max: Fury Road, the evil boss is named "Immortan Joe". I understand that the "Joe" part comes from his original name, Joe Moore, but what's "Immortan"? Is it just a verbal gag by creator Miller, or does it actually mean anything?

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  • Someone asked the same question on Quora
    – user31178
    Feb 19, 2016 at 22:18
  • *chanting* Im-mor-tan … Im-mor-tan … Feb 19, 2016 at 22:25
  • I thought they were saying "Immortal Joe", which I totally attributed to him clearly living longer than he should have.
    – user40790
    Feb 19, 2016 at 23:33
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    I believe it’s short for Immortan Joseph. Feb 20, 2016 at 13:44

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Immortan = Immortal Man

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From an interview with Hugh Keays-Byrne, the actor who plays Immortan Joe:

Q: What is an “Immortan?”

KEAYS-BYRNE: “Immortal Man.” So the cult, the idea: you can’t kill me. I’m here forever, and I just keep going in this mayhem that we are surrounded with. This natural world which is falling apart, I am able to control. Out of the ashes you will rise, with my help.

(Source)

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  • (Facepalms self) Well, that's what I get for asking I guess.
    – einpoklum
    Feb 19, 2016 at 23:30
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    @einpoklum The right answer? I never would have guessed something so straightforward. It was clear that it was related to immortality, but beyond that, who knew? Feb 20, 2016 at 2:36

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