Alejandro G. Inarritu’s upcoming wilderness survival drama “The Revenant” is already famous for its grueling production. Shot in sequence during only a brief period of the day when the film’s all natural lighting was suitable, the shoot was pulled off in remote portions of Canada along with some additional shooting in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego region.
The resulting film, which was originally going to be a $60 million production shot over five months, ultimately became a $135 million filmed over ten months, a shoot so difficult that many crew members either quit or were fired. So it’s not that surprising that the film’s secondary male lead, Tom Hardy, got into some friendly tussling with the film’s director to keep spirits up. He tells EW:
“When things get a bit too serious, I go, ‘Why don’t we have a cuddle in front of all these people here?’ It ends with both of us falling down in the snow. I think that’s a good thing. If I’m the naughty boy for doing that, then I’d rather be the naughty boy and release that tension.
He [Inarritu] is unlike any director I’ve ever worked with. He sees things how he sees them, so to give him back what he wants is quite an interesting experience. It could drive you f–ing nuts.”
The feeling from Inarritu towards Hardy is mutual: “On the surface, he [Hardy] can look inaccessible or difficult. But he is just a beautiful human being. He’s incredibly sensitive and lovable.”
“The Revenant” opens in limited release on December 25th and expands wide in January.