Leonardo DiCaprio, Alejandro G. Inarritu Open Up About ‘The Revenant’s’ Brutal Shoot

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Leonardo DiCaprio went to such great lengths as a method actor on “The Revenant” that he devoured a raw slab of bison’s liver. Although the props department had constructed a faux liver from jelly, DiCaprio worried that it didn’t look right. And so — after calls to his lawyer and agents cleared — producers were able to serve him the real thing. “The bad part is the membrane around it,” DiCaprio says. “It’s like a balloon. When you bite into it, it bursts in your mouth.”

Director Alejandro G. Inarritu says he was initially concerned that his leading man could get sick from eating a potentially disease-ridden organ. But, he now beams at what the real liver added to DiCaprio’s performance. “Without it, he may not have gotten to the truth,” Inarritu says.

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In preparing to portray Hugh Glass, a real-life 19th century explorer who survives a brutal bear mauling in order to avenge the death of his son, DiCaprio also had to learn how to shoot a musket, build a fire, speak two Native American languages (Pawnee and Arikara) and study with a doctor who specializes in ancient healing techniques. He calls it the hardest performance of his career.

“It was like the real wild, wild West in the sense that there were all these cultures merging together in this lawless land,” says the 41-year-old actor.

The same could be said for the grueling production of “The Revenant” which was plagued by severe weather, runaway costs, on-set quarrels, staff defections from the large crew, and other problems reminiscent of DiCaprio’s troubled shoot aboard 1997’s “Titanic.” The actors entered into a real-life frozen jungle during a seven-month shoot in Alberta, Canada, using natural light (shot by cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki) and fending off frostbite in temperatures that plunged to 40 degrees below zero. If that wasn’t grueling enough, a lack of snow near the end of the shoot forced the production to shut down last spring, and add six days in July — mid-winter — in Argentina, which tacked millions to the already inflated budget, while Inarritu had to cobble together an edit without an ending.

“I just want to set the record straight,” DiCaprio says over several glasses of wine during a 75-minute interview at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons, with Inarritu by his side. “There’s been a lot said about the movie and the difficulties making it, and how meticulous Alejandro is with his vision. But to me, that’s the shit that should be praised. I don’t want to work with somebody who isn’t thinking of every possible aspect of what’s up on the screen. I think there’s a hunger for audiences to see something completely extreme and difficult.”

So hope the film’s backers, New Regency, Brett Ratner’s RatPac and Twentieth Century Fox. The team is banking on the $135 million epic tale — which debuts in limited release on Christmas Day and opens wide Jan. 8 — becoming a commercial success as well as a major awards contender that could land DiCaprio, a four-time Academy Awards-nominee, his first Oscar.

Hollywood has a tradition of movies that bring crews to their breaking point — one that harks back to films like David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” and Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” Sometimes the films that result are masterpieces; other times, studios are left with the next “Heaven’s Gate,” which ran United Artists into the ground. Today’s film business is dominated by blockbuster comic-book franchises like “The Avengers” and literary phenoms such as “The Hunger Games.” It can be punishing to big-budget period pieces that fail to attract wide audiences (think Ridley Scott’s “Exodus”). “The Revenant” is a big gamble.

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“It’s hard to say what will happen, and whether the brilliance of this film will be rewarded relative to its costs,” says Sean Penn, who worked with Inarritu on “21 Grams,” and calls “The Revenant” a masterpiece. “I’d like to think we’re a culture that values its art enough to recognize we need this.”

DiCaprio is known for turning even challenging material like “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Django Unchained” into global hits. But even coming off last year’s win for “Birdman,” Inarritu, the auteur behind small dramas like “Amores Perros” and “Biutiful,” has yet to direct a picture with a worldwide box office take that exceeds the budget of “The Revenant.”

Hollywood will be watching this latest pairing closely to see if adult material can in fact thrive against the odds. In person, DiCaprio and Inarritu couldn’t be more different. The actor still projects a boyish charm, unlike the scraggly frontiersman he plays onscreen, and he’s reserved. Inarritu, on the other hand, is a nonstop chatterbox of one-liners. He refuses a shot of tequila offered by a publicist, claiming he’s still haunted by “the ghost of my hangover” from the night before. At one point, he says he wants to talk about the art, before joking he did “The Revenant” for the paycheck. “I need my fee,” he says. “Careful,” DiCaprio warns him. “When you say something in print, sarcasm doesn’t translate.”

Inarritu had an exacting vision for the way he wanted to execute the story, which either inspired his crew or drove them nuts, depending on whom you ask. He demanded the production film in chronological order (he believes his actors’ performances benefit from living with each scene as the audiences does), in the vast wilderness, using long takes reminiscent of “Birdman.” New Regency greenlit the project at $60 million (with a second budget estimate coming in at $95 million), and continued to write checks as owner-billionaire Arnon Milchan watched the dailies.

“There was no panic on any front,” says Brad Weston, president and CEO of New Regency. “We knew what we were doing.”

The most dazzling sequence in “The Revenant” is the much-hyped, terrifying bear attack, which leaves Glass on death’s door. Inarritu is reluctant to give away any behind-the-scenes secrets. “It was a very well-trained animal,” he says with a smirk. “Let people enjoy it.” The scene was shot over several days in November last year, in a torrential rainstorm, which created added hardships, given that the fight is choreographed in one take, with rigs of makeup blood exploding over DiCaprio’s face. Inarritu had studied bear attacks on YouTube, and the special effects team had created an elaborate dance with the help of harnesses, ropes and stunt men who tackled DiCaprio as stand-ins for the beast. The bear itself is CGI. “When CGI works, in my opinion, is when it’s done in the real world,” says Ratner, adding that a computer-generated DiCaprio would have looked like a cartoon.

But it wasn’t just the rain that slowed “The Revenant” down. On a movie set, says veteran producer Mary Parent, who joined the crew in December as an extra pair of hands, “Everyone hopes for the best and prepares for the worst. I think the reality quickly became that the worst was going to be unlike anything anyone had encountered in terms of weather. It became the main nemesis of the movie.”

SNOW JOKE: “I got the flu quite a few times,” DiCaprio says. Inarritu adds that in one scene, when the actor let out a stream of phlegm, someone at a screening asked him, “Was that (dubbed)?”
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The cast set up shop overnight in small villages, and would drive — for up to two hours each day — to the uncovered set. “It was bizarre, because we were making a big movie with a small camera team,” says Lubezki, who wore six layers of thermal clothes to keep warm. “We didn’t have normal gear. We didn’t have lights.”

The lack of a cellphone signal meant that crew members had to relay messages via snowmobiles. The first few months were plagued by nonstop storms and threats of frostbite. But despite the harsh weather, DiCaprio insists he was never injured. He did, however, get sick repeatedly. “I got the flu quite a few times,” he allows. In one scene, where the other men in his troop carry him up a hill on a stretcher, Glass lets out a guttural cough. That’s not, in fact, acting, but DiCaprio spewing out phlegm. Inarritu tells a story about how, after a recent SAG screening, an actor approached him to ask: “Was that ADR?” Inarritu laughs.

The director admits he was a stickler for details. When he discovered there were no ants on the snow-trodden grounds of Calgary, he had them imported from British Columbia for a scene where they crawl over DiCaprio. “We had to fly the ants in,” Inarritu says. “Two flights, because some of them died in the first flight. They were panicked by the altitude. They fly first-class!”

He nicknamed a member of the crew “the wax lady”; she was tasked with rubbing balls of wax on the character’s costumes to create a more worn-out look. He even made sure the character’s footwear looked authentic while keeping the actors from losing their toes from the cold. “We had to build special moccasins that had protection and warmth,” Inarritu says. Adds DiCaprio: “And a grip. To give us a little traction, so we weren’t like a bunch of happy gnomes, sliding all over the ice.”

For much of “The Revenant,” DiCaprio is immobile and silent. The transformation required a Herculean effort from the makeup team, which included Sian Grigg and Duncan Jarman, who used 47 different prosthetics to cover DiCaprio with bites and wounds on his body, torso and back. “We did the neck laceration,” says Grigg, who was pushed to dial up the blood. “Alejandro wanted us to go back and make it look more grotesque.” DiCaprio would sometimes rise at 3 a.m., to sit through four or five hours of makeup, as the crew anxiously prepared for the two hours of sunlight per day with enough light to film. Further, temperatures continued to dip in Canada that winter, forcing the crew to wrap a week early before Christmas break. “We were doing makeup in hats and scarves,” Grigg says. “It was so cold in our trailer, our makeup bag froze to the floor.”

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But in the spring, the cast found itself with a different problem. Warm winds had suddenly descended on the area, making the snow melt in piles, a reality that Lubezki’s lens couldn’t hide. “That’s what climate change is,” says DiCaprio, who is making a documentary on the subject. Throughout March, trucks would drive in snow, but by April — for the film’s big battle scene between DiCaprio’s Glass and his onscreen nemesis, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy)— it became much too hard to pretend. “There was no way to do it,” says producer Steve Golin. “We had to find another option.”

That meant scouting other locations, and settling on Argentina. Inarritu estimates that 70% of the film’s overbudget costs stemmed from changing the location of the shoot, and he compares making a movie to rock climbing. “Once you start to establish the language of the film, there’s no way back,” he says. “You either go up or you die.”

While the production was shut down, Hardy had to drop out of “Suicide Squad” due to scheduling. “Was I bummed? Of course I was,” Hardy says. “I hate f—king losing work. I kept bemoaning they were losing me significant money on a daily basis. Actually, it was good for my character.”

DiCaprio returned to Los Angeles, sporting Glass’ scraggly beard. He wasn’t able to shave it off until late July, when he could finally shoot the film’s flashback scenes. “I had that beard for a year and a half,” DiCaprio says. “It becomes like a spouse. You sleep with it. It was like shaving off dreads.” Inarritu recalls hearing about a tabloid report that suggested the beard that been infested with fleas. “They are now homeless,” Inarritu jokes. “They are in Santa Monica.”

But that wasn’t the most salacious rumor associated with “The Revenant.” Of course, the Drudge Report was widely mocked for linking to a false story recently that claimed DiCaprio is raped by a bear in the film. And then there was a blind tabloid item that suggested Hardy decked his director one day over an on-set disagreement, which the actor denies. “If you hit somebody, you’d know about it,” Hardy says. “That didn’t happen.”

“The Revenant” is a throwback to a different era, when studios routinely took gambles on original stories. Today’s movie business is basically fractured into two different kinds of pictures: the under $20 million acclaimed adult drama (such as “Brooklyn,” “Carol,” “Spotlight” and “Room”), a genre that’s quickly shrinking; and blockbuster sequels (only one of the 10 top-grossing films of the year so far, “Inside Out,” is based on a new story).

“The Revenant” is a box office litmus test for one of the few A-list actors who has never headlined a sequel. “To me, every movie I’ve done has been its own piece of individual art,” DiCaprio says. “You read a script — it’s got a beginning and an end. It’s hard to envision that being resurrected again.” But despite being one of the biggest movie stars, DiCaprio reveals he’s struggled to get financing for his projects since 2006’s “Blood Diamond,” which grossed $57 million domestically. “When I did ‘The Aviator,’ that was a $100 million epic about a guy — Howard Hughes from the 1930s — consumed by germs,” he says of the 2004 Martin Scorsese drama. “I don’t think two years later, I could have made that movie for another five years. There are ebbs and flows. Now with the onset of great television, the era of poetic epics is almost nonexistent on the big screen.”

Inarritu offers that all Hollywood executives are terrified of launching a big-budget film around characters who aren’t familiar. “If it’s not based on a brand or a book that’s sold millions, it’s scary as hell,” he says. But DiCaprio thinks the movie business will get its edge back. “It might actually get better,” he suggests. “When you don’t rely on studio systems, there are the subscriber-based networks like Netflix or Amazon.” He’s not sure if the typical model of windows — which keeps movies playing in theaters for 90 days — will continue to thrive. “Who knows what the hell the future of theatrical releases will be?” he says. “But right now, certainly a film like this is a rarity.”

And while “The Revenant” may have pushed DiCaprio to his limits in more ways than one, Inarritu teases it could also bring the star another first in his life. “We’re planning ‘The Revenant 2,’ ” he deadpans, as DiCaprio rolls his eyes. “It would be funny. Pre-production starts next week.”

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  1. jan says:

    What protection was there for all animals in the making of this film.? CGI/Lucas …can only go so far.Much as we revere the Cinematograher here ..the authenticity & edge pushing of this Director it all only makes this an even scarier question.

  2. Leesha says:

    This movie was so over-the-top implausible, it became comical. I know this was a really REALLY hard movie to make and everyone was miserable but all of that suffering of the cast and crew did not make this a better movie experience to sit through for me, watching it. Perhaps they should make a documentary about filming the movie.

  3. Mary Elen says:

    LOL…the warm winds that were experienced while filming the movie are called Chinooks, a natural occurrence in this part of Canada not a result of global warming. We are fortunate in southern Alberta to have our winters moderated by Chinooks. Whoever wrote this article, could have explained the warm winds as a parenthesis instead of attributing them to global warming.

  4. Ken says:

    Enjoyed this movie yesterday. DiCaprio and Hardy are exceptional in their roles. The cinematography is both stunningly beautiful and the acting deserves high praise. This movie is right up there with the best pictures of the past. Haters gonna’ hate….but if you want to enjoy the craft of two very good actors and the artistic genius of a phenomenal director, see The Revenant for yourself.

  5. Suzy says:

    Chinooks bring warm winds from the Mountains, happens during the winter and spring! No global warming reasons for the snow to melt! Come on Leo! Get your facts straight!

  6. Al Girard says:

    Cold… Ha ha We live here in Canmore Alberta Canada. Year round! And we manage to survive the everyday elements! Pussy actors! I watched it last night. I love it Great movie But C’mon man it wasn’t that bad…Al Girard Canmore Alberta Canada

  7. George Duncan says:

    I look forward to seeing this film. It should be noted, however, that the “climate change” Mr. DeCaprio thinks they experienced is a common warm-wind phenomenon in that area called a Chinook. If Mr. DeCaprio fails to acknowledge that in the documentary he’s planning, then he’s deliberately misleading the public. I hope he has more integrity than that.

  8. patrik says:

    wonderful art foto(Variety)

  9. Michael says:

    All the talk about “The Revenant” is how it was made and not what it actually tells as a story. Its a stunt, a feat in excess, but that doesn’t turn it into an interesting film.

  10. 85wzen says:

    What about the Bear… The Bear Goddamit!

  11. Isabel says:

    I am officially disappointed! I thought he cares about environment but to kill a bison for ‘authentic performance’ and then say how gross its liver was because of the surrounding bag? Wow. Imo doesn’t make him a great ‘method actor’ but just a selfish prick!

    • Bryan says:

      You can BUY Bison meat genius. It doesn’t say he is a vegetarian and it doesn’t say he or anyone else killed a bison.

    • Kezia says:

      This column didn’t say anything about a bison being slaughtered just for the movie. You have a vivid imagination.

  12. Tell It says:

    I thought the movie was pretty good, but nothing really special. In terms of a survival story, “The Martian” was far more interesting and enjoyable.

  13. Yep says:

    Good lord, everything about this movie just sounds INSUFFERABLE. All that effort, just to tell the story of how one white guy had it so hard during one winter in the 19th century? What on earth is the relevance of that to present day reality? And who gives a sh– about the ANTS?!! Flying them in? Are you kidding me?

    How does Leo the big environmentalist not know that doing so is wasteful and harmful to the environment? My god. He is just ignorant. This spoiled manchild who doesn’t know anything or care about anything but a friggin Oscar. WHAT A JOKE.

    • Michelle says:

      At Yep,
      The once-in-a-lifetime dedicated artist, actor, humanitarian, environmentalist & simply a miracle— Leonardo DiCaprio is a wonder. Your rant against him shows that you know nothing about the character & intelligence of this man & are throwing stones that you cannot back up with facts. The INSUFFERABLE part is you. Be nice, and maybe go to see the film(or any of his other works of film art) and maybe you will just be able to enjoy his superlative acting & transformation for art’s sake, and for the sake of cinematic brilliance.
      MJD

      • Leesha says:

        This is sarcasm… right?

      • Yep says:

        I’ve seen this attitude over and over from DiCaprio’s fans. Calling him “simply a miracle,” a “wonder” …. You worship him like he’s the second coming of Jesus Christ. You need to face the facts: He’s not a saint, and he’s not a little boy. He is just a plain adult. People can call him out on his BS and hold him accountable for his ignorance and hypocrisy.

  14. Michael Siegle, Ph.D. says:

    This is a film I want to see right now. DiCaprio has been known as a powerful and talented actor for a very long time. But, he has looked too young for too long. Ultimately his youthful look will be to his advantage. Now, he can finally play the older parts and demonstrate his true amazing talent. If not this film, a next film will be his much deserved Oscar. DiCaprio is also a generous and fine man.

  15. Mjkbk says:

    Hey, what about those poor British Columbia ANTS that were executed being flown to Alberta? Well, at least they flew FIRST CLASS while dying, so no big.

    Just because they don’t have big eyes and fur and make cute noises doesn’t mean they don’t count.

    I waited to see if PAWS would speak up here……but it involves LEO, so nothing doing.

    • Mjkbk says:

      P.S. I just reread my post above after several days…..and realized I failed to make my sarcasm thoroughly clear in that Ant Rant. Sorry. [Although–don’t get me wrong–I think those insects died for no GOOD reason; they weren’t invading anyone’s abode or food supply…..]

      Leo is in the wrong industry if he’s truly concerned about the environment and all its life forms.

  16. Mjkbk says:

    Leo attended the Paris climate change conference, while still ignorantly insisting that a common WEATHER occurrence was a sign of global CLIMATE change. DESPITE the fact that the film’s meteorologist corrected his assertions and said it was Chinook winds, NOT climate change, that caused the snow problems in Alberta.

    Oops, I forgot–Leo went to Paris and hugged Kerry to stir up PR for this film. Which makes his lies and stupidity perfectly acceptable, right? Anything for publicity?

    Right?

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  18. Laura Hartell says:

    I am so irritated by the ignorance of these men about the weather patterns in Alberta. To believe that they could film for 7 months in Alberta and be in “perpetual winter” is ridiculous. There are 4 seasons here. To say that climate change is responsible for a warm wind in the spring that melts snow is ludicrous. This isn’t the arctic circle, gentlemen, it’s the plains. Weather warms in the spring. Additionally, due to the proximity to the Rocky Mountains, southern Alberta experiences chinook winds, a commonly occurring weather pattern which predates changes in global temperature. Lastly, for DiCaprio to beak off about climate change when he is happy to work on a movie that flies ANTS! in from BC, and trucks TONNES of snow from the mountains down to the slopes just to get a good shot is monumentally hypocritical. His legitimate prowess as an actor does not mean he is an expert about everything. He certainly is woefully under-researched about this province.

    • May Beck says:

      Laura Hartell – Leo did not say that the snow melt was caused by global warming. It is amazing that you couldn’t comprehend that in his quote. You sound like you have a lot in common with the other loons here in the USA. We have enough crazy right-wing theories being thrown around by human-induced climate change deniers to see that their typing and grammar patterns are exactly mirrored up north. Do you guys read from the same neoCON book of delusions? It’s actually quite hilarious and pathetic all at the same time.

  19. Annarita says:

    Leonardo is a talented actor. Stop criticising his acting skills and his “war” against global warming. He is just doing what he does best.. Well done, Leonardo!!

    • James whatney says:

      Hey look ..Leo is using global warming and his struggle while making movie to win oscar..thats what he is doing….you shut up with your love for leo ok….he should let the performance speak for itself

  20. Henry says:

    We need to see violent movies Leo? Thanks! My local Regal Thousand Theaters Cinema is almost closed, reduced to a dollar movies–as stated on the marquee recently. Once a wonderful place to go and watch enjoyable movies with the family, our neighborhood Regal now plays second run and foreign movies and the parking lots are EMPTY every day and evening of the week.

    Globalization is taking care of us, thanks Mr. Al Gore Jr.

    • May Beck says:

      Henry – Are you asking Leo a question or making a statement? Once again, you are simply another neoCON delusional about movies and globalization in general. Your rant just had me in stitches. Want a look at the mind of a deluded right-wing neoCON? Type random rants against the world in general, along with the conspiracy of human-induced climate change, type every other sentence in ALL CAPS, lots of wierd question/statements, throw in gun control legislation, anti-choice views and top it all off with a gOd BLeSS – make your rant complete now, ya’ll hear!

    • Marie says:

      “We need to see violent movies Leo?”
      His point.

      Your head.

  21. Isabella says:

    That’s how Real and Magic The Revenant looks . So glad to read about the Bear scene and of how a real actor would eat a real raw lever . All the Best

  22. PMA says:

    Is this the same Leo who flew around in private jet every time there was a few days off during production? The same Leo who flew in his jet, got in a large SUV to go to the Tar Sands to protest the oil.
    If you want to do something about global warming ( and who doesn’t ) please don’t just talk the talk.
    Be real !

    • bb says:

      Yea, because raising over 20 million dollars for wildlife conservation is doing nothing.

      • Yep says:

        Just because you raise money doesn’t mean you can be as damaging to the environment as you want, a-hole.

    • James whatney says:

      Hats off to you..i was about to say the same..you go in yatches and private jets and say global warming wtf does that mean…only words and no practise

      • Ton says:

        Yep, no practise. Making a foundation that helps climate change projects is not helpful at all.
        What is with the dumb comments?

  23. Je vizzusi says:

    This is the most concocted hollywood stunt ever to make Leo never again be cinsidered a wimpy child like actor on camera. First off Jeremiah Johnson would knock him out in a heartbeat! And no so called prop realism story will ever compare to Ridley using pig innards for his exploding stomach surprise the talent scene in
    A L I E N. Buffalo meats were a common meal of this era and times. Liver stew anyone?

    • James whatney says:

      all this hype is for awards sir…oscar…oscar…oscar….jermiah johnson and the grey for those movies also they struggled but somehow studios didnt back those up and since its leo they back this movie up thats the truth

  24. Tracey Knaus says:

    Leo really needs to educate himself on the term ‘CHINOOK’…that ‘global warming’ he keeps talking about, is a phenomenon that we’ve been dealing with for 100’s of years. He can blame the ocean…we do…lol! (It’s not uncommon to have a more than 20+° temperature swing in 24 hours and everything melt before the sun goes down…us locals are tired of his blatant disregard for the facts). Global warming has nothing to do with it.

    • Leung says:

      Tracey Knaus you don’t know how to read? I said DiCaprio DID NOT say the extreme weather he faced when he was filming “The Revenant” is due to climate change in his interview. It’s the tabloids put words in his mouth and lots of ignorant people like you are so eager to find an excuse to attack him and to deny climate change, so all of you don’t even bother to find out what he actually had said. You choose to be fooled by stupid tabloids looks like it’s you who need to be reeducated.

      • Mjkbk says:

        “……DiCaprio DID NOT say the extreme weather he faced when he was filming “The Revenant” is due to climate change in his interview. It’s the tabloids put words in his mouth……”

        So VARIETY is one of the tabloids?

        Quote: Warm winds had suddenly descended on the area, making the snow melt in piles, a reality that Lubezki’s lens couldn’t hide. “That’s what climate change is,” says DiCaprio, who is making a documentary on the subject.

        Unquote.

        Sounds to ME as if Leo IS telling ALL of the media that Chinook winds are the result of global climate change.

        Maybe YOU’RE the one having reading difficulties.

    • Leung says:

      Still talking about the “Chinook” thing? For god’s sake stay away from tabloids and find a life. Actually he had never said such thing. Don’t find an excuse for your selfishness on environmental issues.

      • May Beck says:

        Tracey Knaus – According to the article, “Quote: Warm winds had suddenly descended on the area, making the snow melt in piles, a reality that Lubezki’s lens couldn’t hide. “That’s what climate change is,” says DiCaprio, who is making a documentary on the subject.” It is quite clear that Leo threw in a random thought about global warming, which does result in accelerated snow melt and a change in the natural global weather patterns. He is not saying that climate change is what caused the snow to melt in the area where filming was happening.

        You appear to be a typical, neoCON follower where every sentence becomes an over hyped statement of illogical protest and you also need to work on your grammar. “Omg….I think you need to get edumacated,” For your information, “Omg” and “edumacated” aren’t real words. We live in the real world where ALL CAPS and hysteria aren’t necessary for effective communication.

        Check yourself.

      • Tracey Knaus says:

        Are you serious? Omg…I think you need to get edumacated. I was there…I know what they went through…I am also FROM THERE….we get them ALL…THE….TIME…it has nothing to do with climate change, but the warm winds blowing in from the coast over the mountains. The joys of living an hour away from them…it’s a crap shoot as to what they will bring in the winter. He needs to educate himself before he speaks. He spoke volumes about those lightbulbs and how much better they were for rhe environment…bet you went out and bought a box, didn’t you? Maybe check the radiation levels around them and call a Hazmat crew when you break one….just mindless…

        ‘But in the spring, the cast found itself with a different problem. Warm winds had suddenly descended on the area, making the snow melt in piles, a reality that Lubezki’s lens couldn’t hide. “That’s what climate change is,” says DiCaprio,’

  25. Karen Durrant says:

    Re: “the wax lady” Actually, the nickname was Black Wax. I was the Key Breakdown Artist on the film and developed this formula specifically to create the greasy, oily effect desired by Alejandro and Chivo.
    Karen Durrant
    Key Breakdown Artist, AKA Black Wax

  26. abel gantry says:

    I wanted to see this movie until it was revealed (if true) that DiCaprio opted to exploit a dead creature so that his acting could be enhanced. A talented guy, but I’ve lost respect for him. I’m sure the fake liver would have sold the moment effectively. Self-serving behavior that sullies respect for a fellow creature or even the memory of that creature is far from admirable. Leo’s notion of “method” acting reviles me.

    • Cynicayke says:

      Not to mention their use of a CGI bear! Bears have families to feed, and people like DiCaprio are screwing these bears out of work with their CGI nonsense!

    • yankeedjw says:

      I hear some of the crew ate cheeseburgers for dinner once too. Despicable. I refuse to watch any movie or show where meat is served during the production.

      • Barb Maltese says:

        I have been following all the ” commenting” and discussions here and nobody seems to remember that this big deal of a special effects festival is merely a remake of a 1971 film called “Man in the Wilderness” starring the amazing Richard Harris and the immortal John Huston(oh, that voice). At the time, I was mesmerized by the acting (almost completely without dialogue) of Mr. Harris. Now, I am looking forward to seeing “The Revenent” to see if it can compare (special effects notwithstanding) to the original. I doubt it! The original film was released by Warner Bros.- see if you can find a copy and give your opinions.

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