The Revenant, an action drama film from 2015 with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, and others, was directed by Alejandro G. Iárritu. According to reports, Richard Harris’ Man in the Wilderness from 1971 was remade as The Revenant.

The film, which featured such talented actors, received favorable reviews from both the public and the critics, and it received 12 nominations for the 88th Academy Awards. Out of his five nominations over the years, Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar for Best Actor thanks to the film The Revenant, which is also quite memorable.

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Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

Tom Hardy on his on-screen rivalry with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant 

During an interview, while promoting the movie at the time, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, who play Hugh Glass and John S. Fitzgerald in the movie which was set in the 1820s American wilderness, spoke about their characters’ on-screen rivalry with Vanity Fair.

Leonardo DiCaprio's character was left to die by Tom Hardy's character in the movie
Tom Hardy played John S. Fitzgerald in ‘The Revenant’

Hardy was asked by the interviewer how he could be mean to DiCaprio, to which he replied recalling the context of the movie where Fitzgerald leaves Glass to die in a shallow grave and leaves; “Well, it’s very simple. I just left him in a hole.” 

DiCaprio further added, “Come to think of it, that burial sequence was your extra little fun. You were shoveling like extra dirt on my face.” He later added that there is no bad blood between the two actors in real life, joking that they are cool now.

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Tom Hardy shares his method for diffusing tension

During the interview, DiCaprio mentioned that many crew members had decided to leave because of the extreme conditions of their shooting and explained that he can tell 30-40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things he has ever done.

Hardy then chimed in and shared his particular method of diffusing tension and narrated, “When things get a bit too serious, I go, ‘Why don’t we have a cuddle in front of all these people here?’ It ends with both of us falling down in the snow. I think that’s a good thing. If I’m the naughty boy for doing that, then I’d rather be the naughty boy and release that tension.”

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy

It was also revealed that Hardy was sure that he would not be nominated for the Academy Award that year, but DiCaprio was assured that he would and the two of them made a bet that whoever wins would pick a tattoo for the loser. Tom Hardy was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and DiCaprio picked out a tattoo for him.

Hardy explained to Esquire in 2016, “He wrote, in this really shitty handwriting: ‘Leo knows everything.’ Ha! I was like, ‘OK, I’ll get it done, but you have to write it properly.'” Talking to Vanity Fair back in January last year, Hardy said,

“He would never get a tattoo if he lost that bet! It was just a one-way. I’m covered in shit tattoos anyway, so it doesn’t make any difference to me. If I got a big bold ‘Leo’ right across my thigh or across my face. It’s just that, isn’t it? You bet a tattoo, you lose. That’s what happens.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio describes filming The Revenant as just as agonizing as Hugh Glass’ situation

The Academy Award-winning actor during an interview remembered how challenging and painful, filming for the movie where he was abandoned by his troops after he suffers a violent bear attack and then embarks on a journey through the freezing wilderness to exact revenge on Tom Hardy’s character.

He said, “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. 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.”

Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Revenant'
Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Revenant’

The Titanic actor also explained that filming the bear attack scene was one of the hardest, but the result was going to be an immersive experience that the audience finally watched on the big screen and appreciated the actors for the same. He admitted that even though there were a lot of challenges that came along while filming the movie, he does not regret doing it.

DiCaprio added, “The truth is that I knew what I was getting into”, adding that the movie had been floating around for quite some time but no one was crazy enough to take it on simply because of the logistics.

Source: Vanity Fair

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