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Rumors about The Revenant have followed the production since the beginning, including but not limited to: Horrible shooting conditions, ballooning budget and sexual assault via bear.
At the world premiere of the film on Wednesday night in Hollywood, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu stood in front of the audience at the TCL Chinese Theatre and addressed those rumors.
“I have to say that all you have heard about this film is true — well, not the rape bear, but almost all,” the helmer joked. “I have to say that every day, every scene, every molecule of it was challenging, but the experience and the result — I would not change a beat.”
was out of control, it was that Alejandro [Gonzalez Inarritu] made the movie bigger and bigger and they went along with it.”
The pic stars Leonardo DiCaprio as famous frontiersman Hugh Glass, who against all odds survives after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by his fellow fur trader (Tom Hardy).
“This premiere took me by surprise, in that almost three months ago we were still shooting at the end of the world,” the filmmaker said, adding that he was “scared” to be showing it to a big audience for the first time.
On an unseasonably cold Los Angeles night, out on a heated red carpet, The Hollywood Reporter talked to some of Revenant‘s actors about the filming process and working with Inarritu.
“You read everything you can about the time period and talk to historians and do boot camp,” said Domhnall Gleeson of preparing for the survival film. During said boot camp, the actor learned how to ride a horse, find clean water, build shelter and load a musket. “But really the only thing that will prepare you is going out and doing it,” he said.
Will Poulter echoed the sentiment, saying, “Whatever preparation you did fell flat because you are pushed past all of your personal limits.”
For one actor, the premiere had been a long time coming, after a two-year-long casting and shooting process.
“I grew up on the film,” said Forrest Gooluck, who plays DiCaprio’s onscreen son. He was cast in the role at 15 and turned 16 during the shoot. “It was an interesting way to enter adulthood.” On working with Inarritu, the young actor said, “He closes his eyes and he sees the whole scene in his head before he even picks up the camera.”
As the credits rolled after the screening, the name that got the biggest applause was cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who won Oscars for his work on Gravity and Birdman and is a strong contender to take home the prize for a third year in a row at this year’s ceremony.
The afterparty took place in West Hollywood, where DiCaprio and Hardy spent the night chatting, while Poulter and Gleeson were sitting nearby. Producer Brett Ratner walked around while other stars, including Casey Affleck, milled about, sipping on Moscow Mules.
The room was decorated with tree limbs that hung from the ceilings, while moss-covered centerpieces sat on raw wood tables. The most prominent feature was a large-scale projection of a dense treeline that covered the walls of the venue. The whole atmosphere was meant to give the look of being in a forest.
Back at the theater, Inarritu laid out his hopes for the movie.
“Basically what we attempted to do in the way we approached this film is that we tried to submerge all of you. We were approaching a land that does not exist today,” he said. “I hope that you feel the cold and smell the fear and remember how the trees sound.”
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