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The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio spent five hours getting fake bloody wounds put on in make-up every day

It's not just DiCaprio in line for an Oscar at the 2016 ceremony

Jess Denham
Wednesday 20 January 2016 16:39 GMT
Leonardo DiCaprio with Duncan Jarman, his personal make-up artist on The Revenant
Leonardo DiCaprio with Duncan Jarman, his personal make-up artist on The Revenant (Imgur)

Leonardo DiCaprio is finally on the cusp of bagging his first Oscar for The Revenant, an award he arguably deserves based solely on the fact that he had to spend up to five hours every day in makeup having his gross fake wounds applied.

The actor stars as fur trapper Hugh Glass in Alejandro G Inarritu’s visceral drama and, in one memorable scene, is brutally mauled by a bear, leaving him with horrific injuries that almost kill him.

A new photo has emerged on Imgur showing DiCaprio, 41, sitting patiently with prosthetics artist Duncan Jarman as he works skilfully to make his body look as realistically destroyed as possible.

Jarman undertook thorough research into the real life Glass and unearthed historical information about the wounds he suffered. Injuries were sustained to Glass’ whole body, meaning DiCaprio had to spend an entire day life casting so the team could create all the necessary effects.

Inarritu, a notoriously tough taskmaster on The Revenant shoot, reportedly asked the team to make 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 is the definition of bloody. Tubes filled with fake blood were placed inside a chest piece made to look as if Glass’ ribs had been exposed and DiCaprio wore a silicone appliance on his neck that had been designed to froth blood. Crushed almonds, sunflower and linseed helped to give the appearance of scabs (don’t worry, we’re gagging too).

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DiCaprio’s makeup took four and a half hours to be applied on the days spent filming the attack’s gruesome aftermath, following a two-hour drive into the depths of the freezing Canadian wilderness.

He had to lie in icy mud connected to blood lines as the team tried to keep him warm while also allowing time for touch-ups before shooting began.

Jarman is also nominated for an Oscar in the Make-up and Hairstyling category, along with his teammates Sian Grigg and Robert Pandini. In total The Revenant has racked up 12 nods, with the Academy Awards ceremony taking place in Hollywood on Sunday 28 February.

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