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Leonardo DiCaprio discusses working with Alejandro Inarritu on The Revenant

08.14.2015
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Some directors prefer to stick to the relative safety and controllable conditions of the studio, while others say "f**k it lets head out to the middle of nowhere and leave our lights behind." Alejandro Iñárritu, director of THE REVENANT, definitely falls into the latter category. Iñárritu made the choice to film THE REVENANT in remote Canadian locations using only natural light; a daunting challenge to be sure, but so far everything we've seen leads us to believe that it's paid off in spades.

The final scenes of THE REVENANT are being shot in Argentina and Entertainment Weekly managed to speak with Leonardo DiCaprio who discussed what it's been like working with Alejandro Iñárritu:

Alejandro is a bold and fearless director. He’s a creative force who fights for what he wants to see up on screen and works tirelessly until it’s a part of his vision. For The Revenant, he really wanted to create an almost subversive virtual reality, an existential journey of Hugh Glass that’s almost documentary-like in its approach. He depends on extensive rehearsals and works incredibly close with Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman, Gravity) his cinematographer.

As the hours of optimal natural light were rather limited, Alejandro Iñárritu put the actors and crew through constant rehearsals so that when the moment came, everything would go off without a hitch.

I understood that in order for Alejandro to pull off some of these complicated sequences, everything needed to be very precise. The whole cast and crew rehearsed meticulously for months beforehand to meet his vision and make it all possible. Nearly everyday we reworked the choreography of the scene and shot it at a specific time of day when the natural light was at its best.

DiCaprio mentions that the entire cast and crew worked in exceptionally tough conditions for long periods of time, but that "the result will be an incredibly powerful and memorable film, and that’s ultimately what we do this for, a great piece of art." We're still a ways off from THE REVENANT's release on December 25, 2015, but everything seems to indicate that Iñárritu and company have managed to pull off something astounding, I can't wait.

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Source: EW

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9:40PM on 08/16/2015
This film looks incredible. . . I hope Leo gets the Oscar. If not, he's still one of the best actors ever. This, The Hateful Eight, and Star Wars will make for some amazing Christmas time film viewing!
This film looks incredible. . . I hope Leo gets the Oscar. If not, he's still one of the best actors ever. This, The Hateful Eight, and Star Wars will make for some amazing Christmas time film viewing!
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12:07AM on 08/16/2015
Seeing the trailer in a theatre really helped sell it for me, visually stunning & the sound really brought out the tension this film will bring. I may end up seeing this for a true overall experience.
Seeing the trailer in a theatre really helped sell it for me, visually stunning & the sound really brought out the tension this film will bring. I may end up seeing this for a true overall experience.
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10:08PM on 08/15/2015
The film looks all sorts of crazy and stunning. The trailer has to easily be one of the best and most refreshing trailers I have seen in awhile.

Really hope this is the film that gets Leo his long, overdue, and much deserved Oscar.
The film looks all sorts of crazy and stunning. The trailer has to easily be one of the best and most refreshing trailers I have seen in awhile.

Really hope this is the film that gets Leo his long, overdue, and much deserved Oscar.
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7:32AM on 08/15/2015
Just hope it's better than Birdman, really didn't understand all the hype it got.
Just hope it's better than Birdman, really didn't understand all the hype it got.
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12:05AM on 08/16/2015
Agreed, definitely a bit overrated & hyped.
Agreed, definitely a bit overrated & hyped.
1:21AM on 08/15/2015

Sounds crazy I know...

... but this is probably my most anticipated Christmas release...
Sorry Star Wars but I think I've gotten old...
... but this is probably my most anticipated Christmas release...
Sorry Star Wars but I think I've gotten old...
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12:17AM on 08/15/2015
Now I have to decide what movie to go see on Christmas. Star Wars is bound to be packed. I don't know if my theaters have the 70mm film projectors needed for the Hateful Eight. This might be it.
Now I have to decide what movie to go see on Christmas. Star Wars is bound to be packed. I don't know if my theaters have the 70mm film projectors needed for the Hateful Eight. This might be it.
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9:46PM on 08/14/2015
If its good, its good, but how the process involved means little to me
If its good, its good, but how the process involved means little to me
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8:42PM on 08/14/2015

Colour me intrigued

This sounds like an incredible movie in the making. Hopefully, this will get DiCaprio the Oscar he deserves.
This sounds like an incredible movie in the making. Hopefully, this will get DiCaprio the Oscar he deserves.
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