Though Alejandro Iñárritu's The Revenant doesn't hit theaters until Christmas Day, already its pedigree and previews have earned the film some serious early Oscar buzz. Until now, though, one serious issue has loomed dark over the film: does it involve bear rape?
Or at least that's the question that was recently raised by the Drudge Report thanks to an article there that seems to imply as much. "Imply" in that the title of the article is "DICAPRIO RAPED BY BEAR IN FOX MOVIE." And the first sentence is, "The new movie 'REVENANT' features a shocking scene of a wild bear raping Leo DiCaprio!" And also there's an unattributed quote that explicitly says, "'He is raped -- twice!'"
The thing is, most people don't want to spend their Christmas witnessing Leonardo DiCaprio's chest cavity being filled with ursine semen. And if they do want to spend their Christmas watching that, they at least want it to be with one of those festive, Coca-Cola polar bears. So, 20th Century Fox has been forced to formally declare that, in fact, no, there apparently is not bear-on-Leo rape in The Revenant.
"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," Fox told Entertainment Weekly in a statement. "There is clearly no rape scene with a bear."
There you have it. There is officially not a bear rape scene in The Revenant. So the Ad Council is still free to use the idea for their next anti-forest fire campaign then?