The Revenant landed an astounding 12 nominations for this year’s Oscars — one of which was for the shocking visual effects!
This nod didn’t come of a surprise, largely due to a very realistic (and horribly gruesome) scene where Leonardo DiCaprio gets attacked by a grizzly bear.
But filming the graphic scene, which shows DiCaprio’s character Hugh Glass getting viciously mauled (but not raped) for several minutes, didn’t involve a bear at all!
In fact, stuntman Glen Ennis, who brought the animal to life with the help of CGI, says there was never even a bear on the set of the Alejandro I├â┬▒├â┬írritu thriller!
Similar to how Andy Serkis became Gollum in Lord Of The Rings, the 51-year-old wore a blue suit and behaved exactly like a grizzly bear — and CGI animators did the rest of the work.
This is what he actually looked like on set:
He looks like a Gummi Bear!
Knowing this is what Leo was looking so terrified at DEFINITELY gets him more acting props from us!
Ennis explained that he became the “number one bear” after the original actor had to be hospitalized from physical exhaustion! Because the process of emulating a bear attack is physically grueling, it was impossible for one person to assume the role exclusively.
Speaking to Global News, Ennis talked about how authentic the director wanted his performance to be, saying:
“In rehearsals, I would wear a blue suit with a bear head. Obviously that [suit] doesn’t make it into the film, and the CGI guys paint the bear in. Alejandro was adamant that the blue bear moved just like a real bear would move, and it was essential that it had the same nuances that a bear would have. Even though it was a big Smurf bear, it still had to be as authentic as possible.”
And making the scene as authentic as possible meant a shooting schedule even more grueling than the actual attack! He continued:
“Alejandro shot the scene chronologically, from its beginning to its end, two minutes in total. It was very difficult if you look at the geography where the attack takes place. Leo is thrown against a tree, turned over, rolled over, tossed, batted and then he crawls ├óΓé¼┬ª he had three wires attached to him the entire time. Those got tangled in my feet, around his legs, around his head. Everything had to be choreographed in order to unwrap the wire so we could make the next move.”
Wow, that sounds super intense!
Hopefully, all that hard work will pay off when The Revenant takes home a few Oscars next month!