Leonardo DiCaprio is receiving much acclaim for his role in the film “The Revenant,” and he may finally win his first Oscar for this role.
One reason DiCaprio is being praised is due to the extensive makeup process he underwent for the film.
In the movie, DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a fur trapper who is brutally attacked by a bear and left with severe injuries.
To create the appearance of these injuries, prosthetics artist Duncan Jarman worked tirelessly to make DiCaprio’s body look as realistically destroyed as possible.
Jarman used historical information about Glass’ injuries and conducted thorough research to accurately portray the wounds. The process of applying the makeup took up to five hours a day.
In addition to the time-consuming makeup process, DiCaprio also had to endure a two-hour drive into the freezing Canadian wilderness for filming.
During the shooting of the bear attack’s gruesome aftermath, DiCaprio had to lie in icy mud connected to blood lines.
The team worked to keep him warm while also allowing time for touch-ups before shooting began.
To create the appearance of wounds and scabs, the team used a variety of methods. Fake blood was placed in tubes inside a chest piece designed to look like Glass’ ribs were exposed.
DiCaprio also wore a silicone appliance on his neck that was made to froth with blood.
To give the appearance of scabs, crushed almonds, sunflower seeds, and linseed were used.
“The Revenant” director Alejandro G Inarritu is known for being a demanding taskmaster on set, and he reportedly asked the team to create wounds that could “bleed” and then be stitched up in one take by one of Glass’ men.
Those who have seen the film know that the bear attack scene is particularly bloody.
Jarman is also receiving recognition for his work on the film.
He has been nominated for an Oscar in the Make-up and Hairstyling category, along with teammates Sian Grigg and Robert Pandini.
“The Revenant” has received a total of 12 Academy Award nominations.
In the meantime, a new photo has emerged on Imgur showing DiCaprio sitting patiently while Jarman works on applying the makeup.
The photo gives a glimpse into the dedication and attention to detail that went into creating the realistic injuries for DiCaprio’s character.