Leonardo DiCaprio recently told Yahoo Moviesthat the filming for director Alejandro G. Inarritu's upcoming feature film The Revenant involved "some of the most difficult things I've ever had to do in my entire career."
"I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do," admitted DiCaprio, who plays a 19th century explorer in the Western. "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," he continued. "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."
A major part of the movie includes Leonardo DiCaprio's encounter with a bear, which required special FX but it was till not an easy task.
"I'm not going to give any specifics on how we did it — you'll figure it out on your own," DiCaprio said. "But I will tell you it involved cables, it involved me flying around the forest and it involved a tremendous amount of rehearsal. And it was pretty agonizing to do."
Leonardo DiCaprio even commented on the fact that dozens of crew members would quit the movie during production. DiCaprio called the movie "incredibly ambitious" and said Inarritu was "incredibly specific," which caused "departments that didn't agree or departments that didn't work correctly with the situation."
"I wasn't privy to exactly what went on," the actor said. "But to me, most of the people were there working incredibly hard, and they should be given due credit for the effort they gave this movie. Because everyone I saw was giving their heart and soul to pursuing his vision."
The Revenant hits theaters on December 25th.