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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow up to Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, has come to the interest of a union for film production staff regarding the safety of the production. Particular concerns were cast over the New Regency title’s insistence upon working in conditions as cold as -40 degrees; conditions which led to between 15 and 20 firings and-or resignations.
Damian Petti, the president of IATSE (The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada) told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday… “In terms of our industry, it’s important that people differentiate between getting an amazing movie at all costs, and safety”.
“It’s not clear to me that, when crew members raised concerns, they were taken seriously,” he said.
New Regency offered the following statement regarding the situation:
“We hired experts who worked with us in swift-water, mountain-climbing, bear behavior, helicopter operations and cold-weather safety to complement the U.S. production management team. We also cooperated with Canadian H&S agencies as well as labor organizations and appointed labor representatives to assist overall safety of cast and crew”
Petti concluded his comments by insisting that he wasn’t out to ‘pick a fight’ with the studio, and that his main concern was to ensure that safety regulations were considered more important in future shoots.