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Hugh Glass and Tribeswoman
“In ‘The Revenant,’ Leonardo DiCaprio plays 1800s frontiersman Hugh Glass (pictured here with a Pawnee Indian woman played by Grace Dove). The film, directed by Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, is based on Michael Punke’s 2003 novel of the same name. According to production designer Jack Fisk, a character that does not appear in the book was added to the film: Glass’s son.
“DiCaprio, a vegetarian, was so in character he ate real meat in a scene depicting Glass surviving off a wild bison’s liver. “He had to eat the liver,” says Fisk. “I think he threw up afterward… he was so into it. It made me really appreciate the extent to which he’ll go to make things right.”
“This photo depicts Glass being hunted down by other outdoorsmen. Almost all lighting sources used for filming were natural, explains Fisk. “And this takes place before the kerosine lantern was invented.” Most filming took place between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “We’d be scrambling at the end of the day to film the last few hours of daylight.”
“Part of a dream sequence, this scene depicts Glass (DiCaprio) observing a pile of roughly 10,000 buffalo skulls. Iñárritu was more concerned with Glass’s inner thoughts and added scenes that aren’t in the original book. “He didn’t worry about religiously doing the story,” says Fisk of the director.”
“Fisk recalled a time when a nearby river froze right before the cast and crew’s eyes. “The set flooded with ice water as Alejandro was trying to get his scene,” he said. “It was the equivalent of shooting in a hurricane.”
The Revenant also stars Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter and Lucas Haas and is set to open for a limited Academy Award qualifying run on December 25th. Beautiful but maybe a bit too brutal for Christmas Day? The Revenant opens everywhere in January.