The wildest film related story in many a long while began earlier today with a story over on The Drudge Report about how Alejandro Inarritu’s new wilderness survival drama “The Revenant” features a violent scene of a “wild bear raping Leo DiCaprio.”
The film itself has DiCaprio’s frontiersman character attacked by a bear and left for dead. He spends most of the film struggling to get back to civilisation and seeks revenge on his companions who left him to die.
The bear attack scene though, judging from early reports, is just a straightforward vicious attack with the creature trying to kill DiCaprio’s character. Yet the report on the site sensationally claims: “The bear flips Leo over and thrusts and thrusts during the explicit mauling. ‘He is raped — twice!’.”
There’s just one problem with that assertion – it’s total bull. In fact the bear in the film is female, and a Fox spokesperson tells EW in an exclusive statement (with no doubt an amusingly raised eyebrow): “As anyone who has seen the movie can attest, the bear in the film is a female who attacks Hugh Glass because she feels he might be threatening her cubs. There is clearly no rape scene with a bear.”
The claim comes as the digital bear in question, nicknamed ‘Judy’, has been nominated for an “Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production” honor at the annual Annie Awards.