ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at Creators.co
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Varia Fedko-Blake

As hype surrounding Leonardo DiCaprio's The Revenant continues to grow, new details emerge almost daily about what audiences should expect from Alejandro G. Iñárritu's wilderness epic.

The movie, headed for release on December 25, 2015, tells the true story of a 19th century fur trapper and frontiersman named Hugh Glass who is mauled by a bear and left for dead in the frozen wilderness by his fellow explorers. The six-week journey back to civilization is the basis for the events. If you aren't familiar with the trailer yet, here it is once again:

Since the cast and crew's press tours began, speculation has been rife with whether the feature will get its paws on the gold gong at the greatly anticipated Academy Awards in early 2016. And most importantly, there has been titillating discussion on whether Leonardo DiCaprio's performance is enough to bag him the Oscar for Best Actor this time round -- so far, he's been nominated 4 times in the past.

Undoubtedly, there are many indicators why he should be the winning man next year -- for starters, he's certainly deserving of it considering his grueling commitment to the role, especially considering the "living hell" filming conditions he had to endure for the The Revenant.

Indeed, over the past few months, not only have we heard shocking stories of crew members almost catching hypothermia and abandoning set, but have also been dumb-struck by Leo's personal experiences.

Notably, the actor has admitted to eating nauseating raw bison liver, submerging himself into sub-zero temperature rivers and even sleeping in a rotting animal carcass to bring Glass's ordeal to the big screen. Understandably, at the end of it all, the Hollywood stalwart has claimed that:

"This was the most difficult film that I think any of us have done."

Yet now, a new piece of jaw-dropping information has entered the foray, suggesting that Leo took his dedication to the extreme role even further than previously thought.

Was Leo brutally raped by the bear?

Online source Drudge Report recently sparked an Internet frenzy via outstanding claims that when the Hugh Glass character gets attacked by the bear in the movie, he is violently raped by the creature. The exact words used were:

The bear flips Leo over and thrusts and thrusts during the explicit mauling. He is raped -- twice!

Naturally, the harrowing revelation raised quite the commotion from fans all over the world, so much so that Fox actually just issued a statement denying the reports.

"There is clearly no rape scene"

Eager to put a stop to potentially damaging rumors of excessive violence that would drive away audiences, a Fox studio spokesperson has rightly backed up the fact that there are absolutely no incidents of rape in the movie. The statement read:

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. There is clearly no rape scene with a bear.

So if you thought you saw a glimpse of sexual assault in the trailer, keep in mind that the studio has decidedly put DiCaprio Bear Rape Gate to bed, insisting that out of all the mind-boggling activities the actor partook in, a bear rape scene certainly was not one of them. This has also been confirmed by other journalists who saw the Iñárritu movie at a pre-release press screening last week.

Finally, although the original novel based on Glass' shocking attack in South Dakota is also incredibly grizzly, there is absolutely no mention of rape within the text, nor is it an occurrence that has even been reported on in real life.

A grizzly bear and her cubs
A grizzly bear and her cubs

Ultimately, the bear in the novel is merely a female who tries to defend her territory and protect her cubs!

“The end result is going to be one of the most immersive experiences audiences will ever have"

Speaking of filming the infamous bear attack scene, which probably included a huge number of cables and clever choreography, Leo had this to say instead:

“The end result is going to be one of the most immersive experiences audiences will ever have with what it would be like to come face-to-face with an animal of that magnitude that is incredibly primal.”

So, if you have a bizarrely strong desire to see a movie with Leo getting violently frisked by a wild animal in the middle of nowhere -- you better look elsewhere.

Personally, I can't wait to see the movie version that is released on December 25!

Sources: dailymail.co.uk and theguardian.com

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