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Leonardo Di Caprio

For his role in The Revenant he ate a raw bison liver. But the raw power of Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu’s stunning film is even more apparent in his often-wordless struggle with the brutal forces of man and nature.

Playing real life 19th century frontiersman Hugh Glass with such ferocity and intensity, Leonardo earned a nod for best performance by an actor in a motion picture-drama. It’s his 11th Golden Globe nomination (he has won twice).Some predict that Leonardo’s portrayal of a fur trapper who survives against all terrifying odds will finally make him win an Oscar best actor trophy as well, an honor, which has so far eluded him.Shot by award-winning cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki in the wilds of Canada and Argentina, the visually spectacular film shows Leonardo as a bearded, grizzled man out for revenge after a betrayal, quite a departure from the dapper, suave debonair (which, by the way, is how he looks in real life – one of the last actors who truly evoke old Hollywood glamour), characters which he often plays.In two of the film’s graphic, memorable scenes, Leonardo’s Hugh is attacked by a bear (one of the most brutally realistic maulings ever filmed) and sleeps inside a horse carcass to keep himself warm and survive a freezing winter night. “It’s portraying nature and that’s what we wanted to do, the savagery and the beauty of nature,” Di Caprio said in an interview. Shooting in the wilds, often in 40 below temperatures, Leonardo shared that it got so cold that sometimes the cameras stopped working.But the Los Angeles-born thespian reveled in the physical challenges as well as the demands of acting with spare dialogue. Hugh was a radical departure from his verbose characters, especially Jordan Belfort, a loquacious extrovert in The Wolf of Wall Street.

“When I read the script, I actually kept urging Alejandro to take more lines out,” he commented about the screenplay that Alejandro co-wrote with Mark Smith, based on Michael Punke’s novel. “I wanted less dialogue because that was the exploration of this character – how to portray someone’s emotional journey without words. I have done so many articulate characters who babble throughout movies.”Handpicked by no less than Robert De Niro from 400 aspiring actors to costar with him in This Boy’s Life, Leonardo broke through on the big screen in that titular role. Before that, the boy who landed an audition for a commercial when he was six years old appeared in TV sitcoms. He often competed for the same roles against Tobey Maguire, who became his buddy.Riding on the critical acclaim for his performance in This Boy’s Life, Leonardo virtually grew up in Hollywood as he beefed up his reputation as an actor in such films as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Titanic (which established him as a full-fledged star), Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Inception, Django Unchained and The Wolf of Wall Street.Perhaps one of the ultimate compliments to Leonardo’s ascent as an actor is that he became Martin Scorsese’s muse. The pair will collaborate for the sixth time in an adaptation of the crime story, The Devil in the White City.Asked what else he would like to achieve, Leonardo, who is a passionate environmentalist, replied, “There are a lot of things that I would wish for the world. I am not here to complain about anything because I have been incredibly fortunate. If I heard myself say, ‘I wish this or that,’ it would be nauseating.”