Film Trivia: 16 Remarkable Facts about The Revenant

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The Revenant is a 2015 western epic film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu based loosely on Michael Punke’s 2002 novel of the same name. The film is inspired by the experiences of fur trapper and frontiersman, Hugh Glass, who on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s, fought for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. This film is truly epic with some extraordinary perfomances by the cast, an outstanding directing by Iñárritu, breathtaking shots by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and a deep and beautiful music score by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto. The level of effort and heart put into this project is tremendous and deserves all the types of film awards in existence.

Here are 16 remarkable facts about what is undoubtedly another masterpiece by the great Alejandro G. Iñárritu:

1. When development of The Revenant began way back in 2001, the main character was originally to be played by Samuel L. Jackson with Korean Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) as the director. The project was then taken over by director John Hillcoat (The Road) and actor Christian Bale. Then by Jean Francois Richet (Assault on Precinct 13). It wasn’t until the summer of 2011 that Iñárritu signed on to direct.

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Film Trivia: 21 Interesting Facts About Interstellar

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Here are 21 interesting facts about the extraordinary film: Interstellar.

1. Christopher Nolan cast Matthew McConaughey after seeing his performance in Mud (2012). Nolan recalled, “I didn’t know how much potential he had until I saw Mud. Not just as a leading man, but sheer acting talent.”

2. The screenplay is based on the works of the theoretical physicist Kip Thorne.

3. Steven Spielberg was set to direct the film in 2006 and hired Jonathan Nolan to write the screenplay. In 2012, after Spielberg’s departure, Jonathan suggested the project to his brother, Christopher.

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Film Trivia: 10 Things You May or May Not Know About Whiplash

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What a thrilling film! Here are 10 facts about Whiplash that you probably didn’t know about:

1. Remember when Fletcher’s three drummers played for around 5 hours before beginning class? During those intense practice scenes, director Damien Chazelle wouldn’t yell, “cut!” so that Miles Teller would keep drumming until he exhausted himself.

2. For the slapping scene, J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller filmed many takes with Simmons only faking the slap. For the final take, Simmons and Teller chose to film the scene with a real slap. This is the take that is used in the film.

3. Miles Teller, who’s been drumming since he was 15, received blisters on his hands due to the intense, unconventional style of jazz drumming. Some of his blood was on the drumsticks and the drum set as a result.

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