Leonardo DiCaprio Says He Ate Raw Bison Liver and Slept in a Carcass Filming 'The Revenant'
If they gave out Oscars for effort, Leonardo DiCaprio could count one in his bag. In a new interview with Yahoo! he reveals just how crazy things got on the set of The Revenant. We're talking eating-raw-organs-sleeping-in-an-animal-carcass crazy. He plays real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass, who, in 1822, survived being mauled by a Grizzly bear and later tracked down the men who left him for dead. Shooting the film was, by all accounts, incredibly hard on everyone involved.
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki wanted the movie to be as visceral and real as possible. So they embarked on an arduous shoot far from any possible human contact in the Canadian and Argentinian wilderness. DiCaprio admits some people left the shoot because it was just too much to deal with, but it sounds like the star was game for just about anything.
"I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do," he said. "Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. [I was] enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly."
And what did Inarritu require him to eat? "I certainly don’t eat raw bison liver on a regular basis. When you see the movie, you’ll see my reaction to it, because Alejandro kept it in. It says it all. It was an instinctive reaction."
The experience of watching the movie promises to be intense. The bits of the grizzly mauling sequence in the trailer alone are enough to make you want to stay far from wooded areas for the foreseeable future. Here's the latest trailer.