DiCaprio happy to shave beard

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December 18, 2015
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Leonardo DiCaprio was relieved when he could finally shave off his beard from 'The Revenant'.

The 41-year-old actor had to grow the facial hair for his role as real-life explorer Hugh Glass, who gets viciously mauled by a bear while on an expedition in the American wilderness in 1823, and Leonardo admitted he was thrilled when he could finally shave.

He told Entertainment Tonight: "It was like shaving dreads or something. I had that beard for a year and a half."

The cast and crew filmed the movie in the mountains of Canada and Argentina, and Leonardo revealed they bonded during the "epic journey".

He said: "It was amazing for all of us, as an entire film crew, to go into the wilderness like this, to really go on this epic journey all together, and really tackle the challenges that nature gave us. It was an unforgettable experience and a big part of my life. I'm just proud that we have a great piece of art to show for it."

While Leonardo's mother Irmelin visited him on set, the actor said she was careful to ensure she didn't come when conditions were too treacherous.

Calling her "a great support system," he said: "She only came for like a week at the good times. We were there for nine months!"

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