Leonardo DiCaprio Did Some Savage Things for His Role in The Revenant

Leo camped in the freezing wilderness sleeping inside animal carcasses feasting on raw bison liver and swimming in nearly frozen rivers in preparation for his role in the upcoming film ‘The Revenant’ DiCaprio plays a frontiersman in the 1820 who has to survive in the wilderness all alone after he was attacked by a bear driven by his need for revenge against the men who left him for dead.


It’s called method acting and it’s pretty common now these days actors will try to live the lives of the character they are to play for a while to get into a better mindset in order to give a more convincing performance an infamous example is Shia Labeouf who has done everything from pulling his own teeth to making a sex tape for an audition in order to prepare for future roles Leo isn’t a stranger to method acting during the filming of ‘Django Unchained’ DiCaprio had cut his hand badly on set but instead of stopping he used the pain to give a much better performance the shot of him cutting his hand made it into the final release.

He told Yahoo Movies “I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do 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 I certainly don’t eat raw bison liver on a regular basis when you see the movie you’ll see my reaction to it… It says it all It was an instinctive reaction”.

According to the The Independent it was an extremely difficult shoot with crew members leaving throughout most of the filming took place in the coldest most remote parts of Canada and Argentina and the actor told Yahoo the experience profoundly changed him hopefully he will finally win an Oscar after all this trouble.

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