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Leonardo DiCaprio had a lot to bare for his new film The Revenant… and we mean that literally. In the film, DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who crawls 200 miles to get revenge (on Tom Hardy’s character) after being brutally mauled by a bear. DiCaprio who is generating Oscar buzz for his performance, revealed  this was one of the “toughest films” he’s ever made. So was it because of that oh-so-real-looking bear scene?
HipHollywood caught up with DiCaprio and director Alejandro González Iñárritu to talk about that epic scene, and the harsh conditions they underwent to shoot the film. “I think it is going to go down in the history of cinema as an amazing, visceral, tactile sort of sequence that makes people really feel like they’re there,” explained DiCaprio, who has been sworn to secrecy when it comes to giving up the details of how it was shot. “And yes, it was incredibly difficult to do, but we rehearsed for weeks beforehand on just that sequence.”
The film was shot over nine months in the remote Canadian wilderness, and DiCaprio not only shot several scenes plunging in and out of  icy waters, but also slept under an animal carcass and ate raw bison liver. “Being entrenched in the elements like that was an intrinsic part of making the movie and so much of the endurance we had to have certainly translated onto the screen,” explained the 41 year old actor.
“Everything was difficult,” added  Iñárritu. “I mean the weather, the altitude, the logistics, the approach cinematically … it was incredibly difficult, but and we survived.”
Now the film has nabbed 4 Golden Globe nominations (including Best Actor, Best Picture-Drama, and Best Director), along with a SAG Award nomination (Best Actor) and a slew of Critics Choice Awards nominations.
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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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