Alejandro G. Inarritu’s new film The Revenant certainly seems different to most big-budget blockbusters, with its reliance on natural light, minimal dialogue and unforgiving locations. As if that wasn’t enough, Leonardo DiCaprio has described the film as “one of the most unique film-going experiences that audiences have seen in modern times”, claiming he isn’t concerned about going head-to-head with Star Wars.
“I can name 30 or 40 sequences [in The Revenant] that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do,” says DiCaprio in an interview with Yahoo! Movies. “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.”
As for the film’s intergalactic box-office competition, DiCaprio is pleasingly philosophical about its chances. “Hopefully, it just means more people are excited to go to the movies,” says the star. “I think that people know this time of year is where a lot of great pieces of art are going to come out. I would never think that we’d be able to compete with Star Wars – that’s something that’s embedded in our cultural DNA. But I think when people begin to hear about this movie, they’ll want to go see it. And that’s all we can hope for.”
Co-starring Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson, The Revenant will open in the US on Christmas Day and the UK on January 15 2016.