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.