The tumultuous production of George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" wasn't exactly a secret at the time -- and Charlize Theron isn't about to sugarcoat the experience for the press.

"It was not an easy shoot, yeah, it was tough," Theron told me while promoting the upcoming post-apocalyptic actioner at CinemaCon. "And you know, I think that there...I look at the movie now and I have the utmost respect for the process that took place. But when we were in it, it was was tough."

As anyone who's seen the film's eye-popping trailers is aware, "Fury Road" looks like a one-of-a-kind sensory experience -- something Theron characterized in fittingly hyperbolic terms.

"It was like creating a whole new world. And in a weird way, a whole new language, and how people communicate, and how would they communicate and everything was about survival," she said. "Everything was based on that."

Check out the full interview above.

"Mad Max: Fury Road" hits theaters on May 15, 2015.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.