They all tell you to let go of anything and everything. Not that it's easy for the cast of Life of Pi to let go. During the course of their rough-and-tumble underwater adventure, the Indian-born children and co-actors DeVon Franklin, Suraj Sharma, and Gaspard Ulliel are each forced to let go of something they love. But that's what the film is about. When protagonist, Pi (played by the young Suraj Sharma), isn't struggling for his life, he's struggling against the technical aspects of the project...and a few of his co stars. Reduced to a bucking bronc called \"P,\" Pi and his companions are tossed together on an ocean-going canoe to work together, a \"family.\" And that family includes a leopard, a monkey, and a Bengal tiger, and in between Pi's battles with his animal(s). But perhaps most importantly, his father (played by the late author Yannick Iancu) is on board as well, and Pi must learn to embrace and encourage his dad's life-long project, which he must play a starring role in whether he wins or loses.
While the cast and crew aboard the life raft rarely ventured from the open space above the waterline, director Ang Lee spent a great deal of time underwater, alongside the cast as they interacted with the animals in their midst. As we mentioned before, this is a survival story with a realistic edge and thus there were challenges. The crew had to build an underwater set to accommodate the animals, and in fact spent two months in the Florida Keys shooting scenes in the ocean to attain the look Lee wanted. 7211a4ac4a