You’ll Get To Watch Leonardo DiCaprio Eat Raw Bison Liver in ‘The Revenant’
Mmm… raw bison liver.
In a new interview with Yahoo Movies, the 40-year-old actor says that picture, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, wil be “one of the most unique film-going experiences that audiences have seen in modern times.”
DiCaprio plays the real-life Hugh Glass, an 1820s frontiersman who suffers an unfortunate encounter with a bear. As previous trailers have shown, Glass’ crew leaves him behind and kills his son, inspiring a long, cold and grueling journey of revenge.
According to DiCaprio, who spent the better part of a year filming in Canada and Argentina, production consisted of “freezing cold and possible hypothermia constant.” And the food, well, we’ll let the former teenage heartthrob take it from here:
“I certainly don’t eat raw bison liver on a regular basis. 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.”
Something tells us DiCaprio’s character won’t have a cold glass of champagne to pair the liver with.
Here are some other highlights of his chat with Yahoo:
On his character’s bear attack in The Revenant:
“It is absolutely startling and shocking, and it is the closest thing to documentary filmmaking — but in a completely stylized way that a lot of people never experienced.”
On the frigid shooting conditions:
“I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set.”
On the reported difficult conditions that led some crew members to leave before wrap:
“Look, what we were trying to pull off was so incredibly ambitious, and [Alejandro] is vigilant and incredibly specific about what he wants up on screen, and he won’t accept anything less. So along the way, if we had departments that didn’t agree or departments that didn’t work correctly with the situation … I wasn’t privy to exactly what went on.”
On the “dying breed” of dramas like The Revenant:
“It’s like the Last of the Mohicans — these types of movies. I don’t know [if these kinds of films are] going to get financed anymore. So all I can do as a lover of film, is, when I see these opportunities, to jump on them.”
On Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens around the same time as his own film:
“There’s always room at the top. I’m going to be in line for Star Wars as well.”
For so much more, head over to Yahoo Movies. The Revenant opens in limited release on Dec. 25 followed by a nationwide release on Jan. 8, 2016.