No, Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get raped by a bear in that movie

On Tuesday morning, the homepage of Matt Drudge’s right-wing tabloid Drudge Report ran its top headline about Leonardo DiCaprio’s holiday vehicle, The Revenant, a nearly three-hour saga about a half-blooded Native American tracker named Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) and his battle against winter in brutal 1820s Montana as he seeks to avenge the death of his son, killed by a survival-obsessed pelt collector (Tom Hardy).

Drudge’s headline did not focus on the attempts of director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) to juxtapose the cruelties of Mother Earth against the brutality of capitalist fur trappers. Or that, despite its 156-minute run time challenges the most seasoned of moviegoer bladders, The Revenant threads one beautiful and/or terrifying slice of wildlife into the next, from avalanches to bow-and-arrow battle scenes to horses stampeding off of mountain cliffs — you get the picture.

Instead, the focus of Drudge’s headline was purported to inform his readers of the fact that DiCaprio’s character was raped by a bear. Twice.


Sigh/spoiler alert, and at the risk of falling for a most obvious troll maneuver: I feel obligated to inform you moviegoers that this is simply not true. And we’ll get back to that in a moment. But, first, let’s indulge ourselves. From Drudge:

TUE DEC 01 11:01:02 2015 ETThe new movie ‘REVENANT’ features a shocking scene of a wild bear raping Leo DiCaprio!The explicit moment from Oscar winning director Alejandro Inarritu has caused maximum controversy in early screenings. Some in the audience escaped to the exits when the Wolf of Wall Street met the Grizzly of Yellowstone.The story of rural survivalism and revenge reaches new violent levels for a mainstream film.

The bear flips Leo over and thrusts and thrusts during the explicit mauling.

“He is raped — twice!”

Not to be outdone, DiCaprio rips open a horse and sleeps naked in its carcass!

For director Inarritu, ‘BIRDMAN’ was just the appetizer.

FOX has given the movie an award-qualifying release on Christmas Day.



Last week, I attended an advanced screening of The Revenant, scheduled for theatrical release January 8, and, while admittedly had to pee the entire time, was completely engrossed in the bear attack sequence — not because it involved any sort of bestiality (though I’m admittedly prone to covering that sort of thing), but because the bear, an incredible work of CGI, was so convincing as it mauled DiCaprio’s neck, crushed his spine, gnawed into his backside, and tossed him around the woodlands as if our A-lister were a mere bearded Raggedy Andy.

But, again, there was no rape in the sequence whatsoever. Ask anyone who attended DiCaprio and Inarritu’s post-screening Q&A, moderated by Martin Scorsese. When asked about the bear attack sequence, DiCaprio referred to the grizzly as a mother bear, protecting her cubs who were spotted in that particular edge of the forest by our bearded tracker.

So … see you at the movies? Until then, I suppose the obvious question here, aside from investigating Drudge’s trollish impulse to spread such a pointless item of disinformation, is, How exactly would such a sow sexually assault DiCaprio? I look forward to your “well maybe he just got fingered” suggestions in the comments.

[photos: Twentieth Century Fox]