Making The Revenant was like working on a sci-fi film, says Leo DiCaprio
From The Wolf of Wall Street to a fur trapper and frontiersman in the American wilderness in The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio always impresses us with his eclectic choice of roles. The actor talks to us about working with Academy-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, and why working on The Revenant was like making a science fiction film. Excerpts from the interview:
What drew you to this role?
What first drew me to this project was the prospect of working with Alejandro. He’s a great visionary, and there are very few filmmakers like him who can make a poetic, existential epic piece. Here, you have a linear story which is somewhat of a campfire legend of American history: the American survivalist, the fur trapper, the mountain man mauled by a bear... But through Alejandro’s eyes it tells a story of triumph, of the human spirit. It became less of a revenge story and something, I think, much more profound than that.
Tell us about that amazing ‘bear sequence’.
This scene is one of the most incredible cinematic experiences I think audiences will ever have. They will practically feel the breath of the bear.
The period in time this film is set in is not well-documented.
That’s right. Making this film was almost like making a science fiction movie, because there was little
historical information to work with. Not only do cinema audiences not know much about this period, expert historians don’t either.
Was it a tough shoot?
Hell yeah! Whether it was extreme weather, or cameras not working because it was 40 degrees below zero, everyone involved was committed to this movie – but we all knew these elements would
The film is part of Star Movies Select HD’s True Stories and airs on April 10 at 6.30 pm.