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.