Leonardo DiCaprio has recently announced that his most latest role in the film The Revenant is an almost non-speaking role, in contrast to DiCaprio’s last role as the mouthy, lively, Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street. So how has the actor reacted to playing a silent character in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant.
With the trailer for the film being released earlier this month, Grantland had the chance to interview DiCaprio about the role, and what he had to do to create the character of Hugh Glass. The actor explained, “it was a different type of challenge for me, because I’ve played a lot of very vocal characters. It’s something that I really wanted to investigate — playing a character that says almost nothing. How do you relay an emotional journey and get in tune with this man’s angst… without words?“.
Inerttiu’s follow-up to the Oscar Award winning film Birdman, is an adaptation from the novel written by Michael Punke, The Revenant is set in the 1820s and follows a frontiersmen named Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) who finds himself left for dead by his hunting team after a horrific bear attack. Hugh manages to survive this attack, and goes in pursuit of those that betrayed him – most notably his confidant, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). So it seems as if DiCaprio is going to be weak and searching for revenge with no one to talk to. However, DiCaprio’s character can’t be completely dialogue-less, as in the trailer we hear him say, “I ain’t afraid to die anymore. I done it already“.
The Revenant which also includes roles from Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, and Lukas Haas – is still filming, and production is actually currently moving to Argentina where Inarritu plans to get the final shots he needs. The movie will be getting a limited release on Christmas Day, and is planning a nationwide expansion in January 2016.