The Greek word ( apokalupto) is in fact a verb meaning "I uncover", "disclose", or "reveal".
Gibson has also said a theme of the film is the exploration of primal fears.
(The shot was later digitally composited with the real waterfall.) After director Mel Gibson harassed Youngblood about the actor's initial hesitancy and fear of jumping, Youngblood got together with the stunt crew and goaded Gibson into taking a jump for himself.
has to overcome tremendous obstacles." THE CAST "It's set before the Conquest, so there are no European faces, and we are using mostly indigenous people and actors from Mexico City," and maybe Mel Gibson´s fingernail ("If I was in it, it would wreck everything.") THE TITLE "The greek word APOCALYPTO just expresses so well that I want to convey. In order for something to begin, something has to end. But it's not a big doomsday picture or anything like that." THE SECRECY "It doesn't bode well to say too much about what you're doing." THE SETS Los Tustlas, San Andrés, Catemaco and Nanciyaga LANGUAGE The mayan tongue of Yucateco.
"My hope is that the movie makes this language cool again and that they [indigenous people] speak it with pride," SCREENWRITERS Mel Gibson and Farhad Safinia.
The indigenous people in Apocalypto wore plaited ixtle fibre sandals called Cacles', which are very similar to sandals still is worn by Nahua women in Hueyapan, Morelos.
________________ For the waterfall jump scene, Rudy Youngblood performed his own stunt, jumping in a harness from a 15-story building in Veracruz over about 10 takes.
The director humorouslyand morbidlyinserted a single frame of a man dressed as Waldo from Wheres Waldo into the scene where Jaguar Paw stumbles into a pile of dead bodies after the ritual sacrifice scene. GIBSON GOT EXPERT HELPThough the film exercises some dramatic license, Gibson hired Dr. Hansen, Assistant Professor at Idaho State University and a specialist on Mayan culture, as a consultant to ensure a level of historical accuracy. FINDING THE PERFECT JUNGLE WAS TOUGHThe filmmakers originally looked into shooting in Guatemala and Costa Rica, but those countries jungles were too dense for a movie production. The jungle scenes were shot just outside of the city of Catemaco and the pyramid city set was built in Veracruz. THE ACTORS HAD HOMEWORKGibson wanted to cast non-actors for each role, which meant the casting process eventually stretched across three continents.