Leonardo DiCaprio Jokes About the Full Beard He Sported While Filming 'The Revenant': 'It Was Just a Joy!'

by Desiree Murphy 10:43 AM PST, January 08, 2016
Playing Leonardo DiCaprio Jokes About the Full Beard He Sported While Filming 'The Revenant': 'It Was Just a Joy!'

Leonardo DiCaprio can pull off any look, but there's one he'd prefer not to.

The Golden Globes nominee made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday to talk about his starring role in The Revenant. During the interview, the 41-year-old reveals that sporting a gnarly beard was his least favorite part of filming the thriller.

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DiCaprio tells DeGeneres that it took six months to grow out the infamous beard to play the character of frontiersman Hugh Glass. "I think I had [the beard] for an additional year after that," he explains.

"There was so much ice on it [in the movie]," DeGeneres jokes, as a picture of DiCaprio sporting the full beard on set displays on the screen. "It was always frozen."

"That was actually wax," DiCaprio clarifies, adding, "We had a fantastic makeup artist in this movie who did all of the stuff from the bear mauling and there was wax that she dribbled all over my face every day. It was about a four- to five-hour makeup job every day with all of the scars."

"So, again, it was just a joy," he jokes.

When DeGeneres notes that DiCaprio seems to be "growing it back," he quickly chimes in, saying, "Just a light stubble."

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"I don't think I'll ever have a beard like that ever again," he continues. "Unless it's for a role. It's hard to maintain. Stuff gets in there, you know. You're eating and then food falls in… and you have to shampoo it."

"Did you put conditioner in it?" DeGeneres asks.

"I did," the actor responds. "You do want it to be soft. Otherwise it gets like a brillo pad."

"Oh, it's very visible," DiCaprio adds when DeGeneres asks if he could tell when food got stuck in his facial hair. "If you have good enough friends they notify you if you have mustard on your beard, or something like that, they let you know."

Well, we're glad DiCaprio's friends are looking out for the old sport!

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Later in the show, DeGeneres asks the actor about his daredevil antics, like swimming with sharks and jumping out of airplanes. But after having a near-death experience, DiCaprio tells DeGeneres that he doesn't think he'll be going skydiving again anytime soon.

"When both of your parachutes don't open you tend to not go repeat something like that," he reveals. "I jumped out of the airplane and my first [parachute] didn't open. It's tandem, so somebody's on your back, and they cut that line. We started free falling towards earth. And that's when you get the 8x10 glossies of your whole life flashing before your eyes."

"Then the second one was tangled as well, and I saw all of my friends sort of popping off with their parachutes, and I'm still plummeting toward planet Earth," he continues. "And then that was tangled for about a good, I don't know, 20, 30 seconds. Then he untangled it and he told me, 'Oh, you're probably going to break your legs now because we're going too fast.' So it was one of the worst experiences of my life and I'll never do it again."

Luckily, none of his legs ended up broken.

Earlier this week, ET caught up with the actor at a screening of his newest film in New York, where he talked about the attention he's been receiving for his "groundbreaking" role. Hear the interview in the video below.

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