Alejandro González Iñárritu’s upcoming western thriller The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy isn’t released for another month but is already one of the most buzzed about films – mainly due to the action behind the camera. Stories about how the the production moved to Argentina when the snow ran out and rumours about behind-the-scenes tension have been circulating the web for a while now.
The tension however seems understandable, who wouldn’t be a bit cranky and sore after filming outside in the snow for days on end? It seems though that it was a good thing that they had the sweetness that is Tom Hardy on board, who revealed in a previous interview with Entertainment Weekly that when things got too serious on set he would say to González “Why don’t we have a cuddle in front of all these people here?”. Who would say no to that?
At a Q&A Monday night following a screening at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, DiCaprio explained that the film is his most difficult one yet. “It was the most difficult film, I think, that any of us have ever done”. DiCaprio has previously revealed that he slept in animal carcasses and ate bison body parts for his role – now that’s method.
The hard work and dedication seems to have paid off. Despite a global restraint on reviews until December, thoughts on the film have leaked and they hint at a possible Oscar nod for DiCaprio. Will this be the film that finally wins him his Oscar? It is long overdue. Director Mark Romanek, known for Never Let Me Go, was among those who voiced their approval on twitter (see below). The film will get a limited release on December 25 before going wide on January 8, 2016.
Here’s the films official synopsis: In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.
I saw THE REVENANT today. It’s great.
— mark romanek (@markromanek) November 23, 2015
LEONARDO DICAPRIO WILL WIN THE ACADEMY AWARD FOR HIS PERFORMANCE IN ” REVENANT” Saw it tonight!
— Bernie Hiller (@berniehiller) November 23, 2015
Just attended the first public screening of The Revenant. Incredible! Oscar nominations for everyone a certainty!
— Gregg L Daniel (@GreggLDaniel) November 23, 2015