Leonardo DiCaprio’s 100lb Bear Skin Workout

Find out how The Revenant star has kept fit
ByHend FadelWednesday , 06 January 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio’s 100lb Bear Skin Workout
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Leonardo DiCaprio wore a 100lb bear skin costume while filming

Leonardo DiCaprio went all in for his character in his new movie, The Revenant, and inadvertently had a full-body workout while filming due to his heavy bear skin costume.

The actor gives a compelling performance as 19th Century frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass, who is left for dead by his comrades after being attacked by a bear.

The costumes were key to the production, having to convey the drama as well as provide the actors with protection from the winter elements, and Leonardo's outfit in particular was a labour of love for all involved.

"It's real and very heavy," costume designer Jacqueline West told Vanity Fair of the bear skin that Leo, 41, wears after the attack. "When it was wet, it weighed over 100lb. Leo was carrying that around... Only someone of his stature could have handled that."

Jacqueline had to create 20 different versions of his outfit and for the post-attack look, she had to painstakingly piece the garments together as his character would have actually done in the wild.

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