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Here’s What Leonardo DiCaprio Has To Say About Going Up Against Luke, Leia, And Han At The Box Office

If you see one movie this holiday season, see the one made by the guy who had to sleep inside an animal carcass for his art. That guy is not J.J. Abrams. It’s Leonardo DiCaprio, whose Alejandro Iñárritu-directed film The Revenant will take on Abrams’ hotly, breathlessly, fanatically anticipated new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, this winter. It’s a tough act to compete with—one that other December releases including Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Point Break 2.0, and Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie Joy will have to contend with as well. So is Leo stressed? Nah.

DEFY

Opening opposite Star Wars has been called a cinematic suicide mission, but DiCaprio’s already been to hell and back for this movie (see the carcass-sleeping story above and add eating raw bison liver and winter time Canadian river-swimming to the equation). He’s confident that The Revenant will stand on its own.

“There’s always room at the top,” DiCaprio told Yahoo Movies. “I’m going to be in line for Star Wars as well. What’s great about this time of year is, as you know, they save the best for last in most cases. And hopefully, it just means more people are excited to go to the movies. I think that people know this time of year is where a lot of great pieces of art are going to come out. I would never think that we’d be able to compete with Star Wars—that’s something that’s embedded in our cultural DNA. But I think when people begin to hear about this movie, they’ll want to go see it. And that’s all we can hope for.”

DiCaprio says that he’s made a conscious effort to continue making the kinds of films that fall outside of the superhero/mega-franchise category that studios seem to be in a monogamous relationship with these days:

“I put a lot of thought into that, actually, because The Revenant is a film that is so incredibly unique. It’s a very linear and simple story, but it doesn’t have all the formulaic plot points a lot of films have coming out of the studio system [have]… But we’re going to see whether or not movies like this can survive anymore…. So all I can do as a lover of film is, when I see these opportunities, to jump on them.” (And the Oscar buzz that typically accompanies films like The Revenant can’t hurt either.)

OSCAR

As if you didn’t already have the date tattooed on the inside of your eyelids, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theatres December 18. DiCaprio and Tom Hardy try to kill each other on screen on Christmas Day in The Revenant.

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