December 04, 2015 at 05:38 PM EST

The Revenant

Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Poulter
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Adventure, Drama

Earlier this week, when reports started flying around the Internet that a wild bear rapes Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in The Revenant, director Alejandro Iñárritu had the same reaction as many readers. 

“When I first saw it I thought it was a joke,” the director told the Los Angeles Times in a new interview. “But then it gets validation, and the studio actually has to release a statement that there was no bear rape. It’s like a crazy mad comedy.” 

The Revenant — in limited release beginning on Christmas Day, and co-starring Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson — focuses on 19th century fur trapper Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), who is hell bent on revenge after being left for dead by his travel companions following a vicious bear attack.

“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,” a Fox spokesperson told EW on Tuesday after news of the alleged bear rape went viral online. “There is clearly no rape scene with a bear.” (The bear attack can be seen in the trailer below around the 53-second mark.)

Iñárritu said that this isn’t the first bit of misinformation the film has faced on the project. “There have been a lot of stories about this movie that haven’t been true. Leo’s beard had fleas, that was one that went all around the world,” he said to theTimes. “We just need [Donald] Trump to say the raping bear was Mexican and we’ll be done.”

The Revenant is out nationwide on Jan. 8.

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