‘The Revenant’: Leonardo DiCaprio Couldn’t Comprehend His Bear-Fighting Scene When He First Read the Movie Script — ‘Do I Give Him a Right Hook?’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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One of probably the most memorable scenes in The Revenant is Leonardo DiCaprio’s intense standoff with a mom bear. She actually rips him to shreds earlier than he manages to subdue her, and he’s by no means fairly the identical after.  

As loopy because the scene was for viewers to look at, it was even crazier for DiCaprio to execute. At first, he couldn’t even grasp what the movie’s director was night asking him to do. 

Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t positive what ‘fighting a bear’ would seem like

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Leonardo DiCaprio attends the Tokyo premiere for ‘The Revenant’ | Jun Sato/WireImage

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When DiCaprio first discovered he was going to need to struggle a bear within the film, he wasn’t positive what to suppose. Obviously, there’s no strategy to safely stage a struggle with an actual bear, so it’s comprehensible why DiCaprio could be confused. 

However, DiCaprio would quickly discover out precisely what director Alejandro Iñárritu wished to do with the scene. 

“I remember talking to Alejandro very early on about the sequence, and I was reading the script, and he’d read the screenplays like, ‘Hugh Glass fights the bear,’” DiCaprio mentioned in a resurfaced 2016 SAG-AFTRA Foundation interview. “I’m like, ‘So, what do I do? Do I give him like, a right hook? How would I fight a bear?’ And then you don’t really realize that it’s not a fight at all, you’re just mauled, and it’s like a giant cat throwing you around like a ball of yarn around the forest. There’s no fight.” 

Alejandro Iñárritu put plenty of effort into creating the bear struggle sequence 

Countless individuals have requested each DiCaprio and Iñárritu how they managed to tug off such a realistic-looking sequence. However, Iñárritu refuses to disclose the main points behind the scene. DiCaprio himself was captivated by Iñárritu’s capability to craft the on-screen battle. 

“People have been talking about this sequence a lot, and rightfully so, because what I think he and Chibo have done is something very groundbreaking,” DiCaprio mentioned. “It’s almost like virtual reality. I keep saying, it’s like being this sort of voyeuristic insect that’s floating around watching something that you shouldn’t be watching. … There’s so much thought that he put into this.”

Although DiCaprio wouldn’t reveal how Iñárritu created the sequence, he did point out a number of the instruments the director used. 

“A hundred different clips of bear attacks, taking away the human characteristics of an animal, which he’s talked about a lot,” DiCaprio mentioned. “How every grizzly bear seems to be extra ferocious, and horses seem to be friendly to man … He made it raw, and visceral. I mean, all the way down to the texture of the bear’s skin. He wanted to make it grimier and dirtier …”

Leonardo DiCaprio loves the bear-fighting scene 

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DiCaprio is such a giant fan of the scene that he thinks it is going to be talked about for a few years to return. 

“It’s profound filmmaking, and—rightfully so—I think as the history of cinema unfolds, people are gonna be talking about this sequence for a long time,” DiCaprio mentioned.

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