'There is clearly no rape scene with a bear,' says a Fox spokesperson
On Tuesday, the Internet exploded following a report that Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu included a sequence in his new film, The Revenant, where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character is raped by a bear.
Not so fast, says the film’s studio.
“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 Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive statement. “There is clearly no rape scene with a bear.”
In The Revenant, which Fox will debut in limited release on Christmas Day, DiCaprio’s character is a frontiersman who confronts the bear and her cubs while out in the woods. The bear attack has been featured heavily in the film’s marketing campaign, and can be spotted in the trailer below at the 53-second mark.
Earlier on Tuesday, the bear in The Revenant was nominated for Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production. The animal, named Judy, is up against Indominus Rex from Jurassic World, The Hulk from Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Azog and Smaug from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the category.
Following its Christmas release, The Revenant will expand to nationwide theaters on Jan. 8.