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BY DONNA FREYDKIN

Before we talk Oscars, or how this is set to be the year Leonardo DiCaprio finally takes home the Big One, or how he won a Golden Globe last night for playing legendary explorer Hugh Glass in "The Revenant" -- before we tackle all that, let's discuss that fearsome facial hair he sported in the film.

"The first thing I did when I completely wrapped was get rid of my beard. I could not wait to do that. I look around and see beards now and I don't want to go back there," says DiCaprio.

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UNITED STATES - JUNE 18: Leonardo Di Caprio attending NBC up front press conference for his 1990 series Parenthood in Los Angeles (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
GROWING PAINS - Gallery - Shoot Date: September 28, 1991. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) LEONARDO DICAPRIO
NEW YORK - 1995: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses for a photo in 1995 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
CANADA - APRIL 14: Leonardo Dicaprio (Photo by Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo by Terry McGinnis/WireImage)
(L-R) Actor Leonardo DiCaprio w. model Bridget Hall. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Young American actor Leonardo DiCaprio. (Photo by Darlene Hammond/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 16: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio departs for Dallas, Texas on April 16, 1993 from the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Leonardo DiCaprio and Dennis Hopper during Red Rock West party - 1994 at Club USA in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Leonardo DiCaprio at the The Academy in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 22: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and mother Irmelin Indenbirken attend the 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 22, 1994 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Leonardo DiCaprio during 1992 MTV Rock n Jock Basketball at Bren Center in Irvine, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 8: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 'True Romance' Hollywood Premiere on September 8, 1993 at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Headshot of American actor Leonardo DiCaprio, circa 1991. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
1996: Headshot of American actor Leonardo DiCaprio with his hair in bangs. (Photo by Jean Cummings/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Leonardo DiCaprio & Claire Danes during 'Romeo & Juliet' Premiere in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Actor Mark Wahlberg and actor Leonardo DiCaprio attend 'The Basketball Diaries' New York City Premiere on April 14, 1995 at Sony Village 7 in New York City.
UNITED STATES - circa 1995: Leonardo Dicaprio (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - circa 1995: Leonardo Dicaprio (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Leonardo DiCaprio & Kristen Zang (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Leonardo DiCaprio & Kevin Connolly during 1999 Comic Relief at Six Flags Magic Mountain. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Leonardo DiCaprio during 'Titanic' Los Angeles Premiere, 1997 at Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Leo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet at the 1998 Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) arrives with co-star Kate Winslet for the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton 18 January in Beverly Hills, CA. DiCaprio is nominated for Best Actor in the drama category for his role in 'Titanic'. 'Titanic' is also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress in the same category. (Photo credit should read HAL GARB/AFP/Getty Images)
"Titanic" star Leonardo DiCaprio, left, walks past fellow cast member Billy Zane, center, as he arrives for the premiere of the film Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997, at the Mann's Chinese Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Accompanying Zane is Jessica Murphy. (AP Photo/Rene Macura)
Leonardo DiCaprio wearing glasses at the Romeo and Juliet premiere - 1st March 1997 (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 7: Actor Leonardo Di Caprio (C) and model Gisele Bundchen (L) attend the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz on December 7, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JANUARY 9: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the after party for the Irish Premiere of 'Gangs of New York' in the Burlington Hotel Dublin, Ireland January 9, 2003. The film is based on Herbert Ashbury's novel about two New York gangs in the mid-19th century. (Photo by ShowBizIreland.com/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 17: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the West Coast premiere of the film 'Gangs of New York' at the Directors Guild of America on December 17, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, UNITED STATES: Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Outstanding Directing Award on behalf of director Martin Scorsese at the Hollywood Film Festival's Gala Ceremony and Hollywood Movie Awards, in Beverly Hills, CA, 07 October 2002. AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
388629 07: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends NBA playoff game between the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers May 6, 2001 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
Actors Leonardo Dicaprio and Robert Deniro at The Concert for New York City to benefit the victims of the World Trade Center disaster at Madison Square Garden in New York City. October 20, 2001 (Photo: Scott Gries/ImageDirect)
GERMANY - FEBRUARY 12: Leonardo Di Caprio At Premiere Of 'The Beach' At Berlin Film Festival In Berlin, Germany On February 12, 2000. (Photo by Patrick PIEL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
U.S. actor Leonardi DiCaprio answers questions during a press conference at the Berlinale movie festival in Berlin, Saturday, February 12, 2000. DiCaprio stars the movie "The Beach" which will have its German premiere later this Saturday. (AP Photo/Jockel Finck)
TODAY -- NBC NEWS -- Pictured: (l-r) Co-anchor Matt Lauer during an interview with actor Leonardo DiCaprio who talks about his new film 'Blood Diamond' on December 1, 2006. The interview will air Wednesday, December 6 on NBC (7-10a.m. ET) (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Leonardo DiCaprio at the Brompton Hall in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 21: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) (L-R) Designer Giorgio Armani and actor Leonardo DiCaprio attend the fashion show and party to celebrate the launch of Emporio Armani RED collection, at Earls Court on September 21, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Leonardo DiCaprio during 'The Departed' Press Conference with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Martin Scorsese at Regency Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 27: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, nominated for Best Actor for his role in 'The Aviator,' arrives with girlfriend Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen at the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio with his award for Best Actor, Drama and actress Hilary Swank with her award for Best Actress, Drama pose in the press room during the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses with his award for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama' during the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - CA, DECEMBER 2: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio talks at the Friends of NPI (National Neuropsychiatric Institute) pre screening of 'The Aviator' at the Egyptian Theatre on December 2, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 24: Actors Lukas Haas (L) and Leonardo DiCaprio attend the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings on March 24, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 8: Writer/director Michael Moore (L) and actor Leonardo DiCaprio arrive at a screening of Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' on June 8, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 13: Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John Kerry (R) (D-MA) plays around with actor Leonardo Di Caprio during a rally August 13, 2004 in Portland, Oregon. Tens of thousands of people attended a rally to top off Kerry's two week 'Believe in America' bus and train tour across America. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 6: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at 'Turn Up The Heat-Fight Global Warming', a benefit to help the Natural Resources Defense Council, featuring a concert performance by the Rolling Stones at the Staples Center on February 6, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Actor and co-chair Leonardo DiCaprio attends LACMA's Art And Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood And John Baldessari at LACMA on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Cast member Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the world premiere of 'J. Edgar,' the opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011 at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California November 3, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 22: (L-R) Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeffrey Katzenberg attend a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 25: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends Natural Resources Defense Council's 20th anniversary celebration at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 25, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and girlfriend model Bar Refaeli sit courtside during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on April 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the Armani / 5th Avenue store opening at Armani / 5th Avenue on February 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage for Giorgio Armani)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 15: Kate Winslet and actor Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Revolutionary Road' at the Mann Village Theater on December 15, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
US actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the UK Premiere of the film 'Body of Lies' at the Vue cinema in London's Leicester Square on November 06, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Shaun Curry (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
MOROCCO - DECEMBER 07: Leonardo DiCaprio in Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco on December 07th, 2007. (Photo by Pierre HOUNSFIELD/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 04: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks during the 2013-2014 Variety Screening of 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' at Chelsea Bow Tie Cinemas on February 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Official Academy Members screening of 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International on December 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
US actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses during a photocall of Shutter Island on February 8, 2010 in Rome. Shutter Island is the fourth collaboration between US director Martin Scorsese and his favorite actor Leonardo DiCaprio. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/GettyImages)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and Director Clint Eastwood attend the 12th Annual AFI Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on January 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks at the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, 2014 in New York City. The summit, which is meeting one day before the UN General Assembly begins, is bringing together world leaders, scientists and activists looking to curb climate change. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio walks down 6th Avenue during the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014, in New York. Activists mobilized in cities across the globe Sunday for marches against climate change, with one of the biggest planned for New York, where celebrities, political leaders and tens of thousands of people were expected. The march comes before the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes a climate change summit of 120 world leaders . AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (3rd R) walks down 6th Avenue during the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014, in New York. Activists mobilized in cities across the globe Sunday for marches against climate change, with one of the biggest planned for New York, where celebrities, political leaders and tens of thousands of people were expected. The march comes before the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes a climate change summit of 120 world leaders . AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Leonardo Dicaprio speaks at the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards at Sheraton Times Square on September 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
US actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses during the designate ceremony as UN Messenger of Peace at the United Nations September 20, 2014 in New York . The 69th session of the UN General Assembly begins next week. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Film stars Leonardo DiCaprio poses at the red carpet of the opening ceremony for the Studio City project in Macau, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Leonardo DiCaprio says being able to work with his two cinematic father figures on a short film commissioned for the opening of a Macau casino resort was "a slice of heaven." (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
US actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses for photo after attending a press conference which announced further business divestment from fossil fuels in New York on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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We feel your hirsute pain. But the beard was integral to the performance, as was director Alejandro González Iñárritu's decision only to shoot in natural light -- something that led to the film's set of massive, weather-related problems. But it's what also made the film the kind of immersive, emotionally searing experience one rarely has in green-screen loving Hollywood.

"What surprised me the most about the film-making process? Alejandro set out to make anything in new realism and he strove for that authenticity. You set the bar so high from the outset. We rehearsed three weeks for the opening sequence," says DiCaprio. "We knew it would be a difficult shoot but we could not imagine how many complications the weather would cause in the making of the movie. It would cause us to have to adapt."

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Just like Glass had to live by the elements when, after left for dead in the wake of a bear attack, he stalks the man (Tom Hardy) who murdered his son. DiCaprio is the last one to moan about the hardships he faced on the film's multitude of natural movie sets.

"Look, you know, I think this is our job. We were there to make a movie that was different and exciting. What changed me was the fact that more than ever, it makes you realize the process of making movies is trusting in the people you work with. You realize you have to go forward fully," says DiCaprio.

He prepped, he says, "by working out with the trainer for a while. We had all these different experts that were very much nostalgic mountain men revivalists. We had people to help us load a gun and throw an axe."

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Would he ever make a film this grueling again? DiCaprio pauses before answering.

"You never know, but we knew we signed on for something like a voyage into the wilderness. Had we known the difficulties we would endure with the weather, I don't know if we'd sign on again. It was a chapter of my life I'll always cherish and never forget," he says. "Hugh Glass is a highly-skilled survivalist but at the same time he's a human being that was pushed to incredible hardcore circumstances. He found an ability to adapt. I saw his humanity."

We spoke to DiCaprio the day before he won his Golden Globe. But we did ask whether he paid attention to that incessant awards chatter.

"Pay attention to it? The truth is, like anyone, we all already did the work and there's not much else you can do but promote the film. If people want to give it awards it's beyond my control," he says.

We hope he's getting his acceptance speeches ready.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in "Revolutionary Road."
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in "Revolutionary Road."
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Leonardo DiCaprio in "Gangs of New York." 
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in "Titanic."
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in "Titanic."
Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street." 
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in "Titanic."
Leonardo DiCaprio in "This Boy's Life."
Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in "This Boy's Life."
Leonardo DiCaprio and Gwen Stefani in "The Aviator."
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in "Titanic."
Leonardo DiCaprio with Kate Winslet in "Revolutionary Road."
Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Leonardo DiCaprio in "Shutter Island."
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Leonardo DiCaprio in "Romeo + Juliet."
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in "Romeo + Juliet."
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson in "The Departed." 
Ben Kingsley, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo in "Shutter Island." 
Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in "Romeo + Juliet."
Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Departed." 
Leonardo DiCaprio in "Gangs of New York." 
Leonardo DiCaprio in "Django Unchained." 
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Garner in "Catch Me If You Can." 
Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Basketball Diaries." 
Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Beach."
Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Beach." 
Michelle Williams and Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Great Gatsby."
Patrick McGaw and Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Basketball Diaries." 

Patrick McGaw, James Madio, Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Basketball Diaries." 

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