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?


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.


  • (Facepalms self) Well, that's what I get for asking I guess. – einpoklum Feb 19 '16 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? – Jason Patterson Feb 20 '16 at 2:36
  • @Praxis: Oh, sorry :-) – einpoklum Feb 20 '16 at 15:10
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    @einpoklum : No worries, just thought you should know. (And I agree with JasonPatterson that you asked a good question and the exact breakdown of "Immortan" was not obvious!) – Praxis Feb 20 '16 at 15:11

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